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Best Broadway Shows in New York City

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Best Broadway Shows in New York City

Published Apr 30, 2017
Updated May 1, 2017

One of New York City’s most consistent draws are the shows in our Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theatres. The presentations and Broadway shows put on here are second to none and considered the best of the English-speaking world.

NYC’s Broadway theatres are located in close proximity to one another in the Times Square and Theatre District areas of the city, where there are plenty of great hotels, restaurants and other things to do. To be considered a Broadway theatre it must have 500 or more seats. Off Broadway theatres have 100-499 seats, while Off-Off Broadway venues have less than 100.

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The Theatre District in NYC consists of an area bounded approximately by W. 40th Street to the south, W.57th Street to the north, 9th Avenue to the west and 6th Avenue to the east. The area has many nicknames, including the “Great White Way,” which was coined due to the many bright lights illuminating the streets in the New York City Theater District.

Most of the best open-ended and long-running Broadway shows have evening performances Tuesday through Saturday and most theaters are dark on Monday. Start times are typically at 7 or 8 p.m. and can sometimes fluctuate depending on the day of the week. Afternoon matinées are commonly offered on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday, coming together for about 8 Broadway shows every week. Shorter-running Broadway shows many offer fewer performances and at different times. Be sure to check for discount tickets and you can always see if last-minute Broadway tickets are available for your favorite shows.

Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway shows are held in smaller theatres in various parts of NYC. Many Off and Off-Off Broadway plays eventually move to bigger Broadway theatres after enjoying a certain amount of success that they hope to replicate in the larger venue. New York City Broadway shows draw audiences who are used to and continue to expect the best. As a result, many performers find New York City audiences the hardest to please but also the most enthusiastic.

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The venues in the NYC Theater District and the performers who have been a part of the many world-famous productions in New York City have also been great philanthropists during some of the city’s and country’s hardest times, including both World Wars, the Great Depression and 9/11. NYC Broadway theatre members have organized food and fund drives, entertained members of our military and assisted less-fortunate members of the performing arts community.

You’ll find no broader and deeper offering of live show performances than here in New York City than the list of shows on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off Off Broadway. With the constant rotation of older shows and the closing and opening of new ones, there is always a new Broadway show to catch for theatre buffs in NYC.

Broadway shows will always remain one of New York City’s most exciting attractions and continues to draw large crowds of both locals and tourists, who are always looking for the most current and most exciting theater performances in the world!

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