Five Off-Broadway Shows to Cure Your Broadway Blues

What do you do to get rid of the Broadway Blues?

It’s a new year, meaning that several new shows will be lighting their marquees in only a few short weeks. However, it also unfortunately seems to also mean that with it comes with the closing of several beloved Broadway shows. This slump can cause what we refer to as “The Broadway Blues.” You may begin to feel despair as you see one marquee darken after another. A sense of hopelessness washes over you and you find yourself frequently questioning if the beloved art of theatre is dying. What kind of savage world is this? Worry not, my fellow theatre lover. What Doctor MAMA prescribes for this ailment is the seeing one of the several Off-Broadway shows opening up during this lull of Broadway. Here are the top five Off-Broadway shows we are looking forward to the most!

1. The Tempest at St. Ann’s Warehouse

The Tempest

The third and final installment to the Phyllida Lloyd’s trilogy of Shakespeare shows finally is making its long awaited arrival to St. Ann’s Warehouse. Like the other two shows,Julius Caesar and Henry IV, the show is set in a female corrections facility. Acclaimed Shakespearean actress Harriett Walter returns to lead the cast, which have we mentioned will be an ALL-FEMALE cast?! Who doesn’t love a little girl power?!

Performances start January 13th. Buy tickets here

2. The Beauty Queen of Leenane at BAM


Marking the 20th anniversary, Martin McDonagh’s Tony Award winning show is being revived at BAM in Brooklyn. The show follows 40 year old spinster Maureen and her mother, and to say that their relationship is complex it putting it mildly. The script alone is incredible, though we must admit the cast looks phenomenal in the show’s trailer as well.

Performances start January 11th. Buy tickets here

3. Sweeney Todd at Barrow Street Theatre


We have had a hankering for this show since they announced its transfer from the West End! The show will be unlike any other performance as they have decided to transform the theatre into a functioning pie-shop. Talk about being totally immersed in the show! Much of the West End cast will be performing here in NY, including the wickedly talented Jeremy Secomb as Sweeney Todd and Siobhan McCarthy as Mrs. Lovett.

Performances start February 14th. Buy tickets here


4. Man from Nebraska at Second Stage Theatre


From the playwright of August: Osage County comes another provocative show that takes a look at what happens when a man loses faith in the one thing he has dedicated much of his life to- God. While Letts always ensures a captivating script, what excites us is the cast. Spearheading the show is Reed Birney, who recently won a Tony Award for his phenomenal performance in The Humans. Second Stage always provides high quality shows, including the incredible successful Dear Evan Hansen.

Performances start January 26. Buy tickets here

5. Yen at MCC Theatre


Yen makes its American Premiere, and we cannot wait! The show’s plot is about two boys whose mother is rarely at home. Their days lack structure and are filled with their fair share of vices. However, things begin to change as soon as they take an interest in their neighbor’s dog, Taliban. The cast looks absolutely sensational, with cast members like Ari Graynor, Lucas Hedges, and Justice Smith.

Performances start January 12th. Buy tickets here

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