OFF-BROADWAY IS GREAT THEATRE. It is theatre created year-round, all over the isle of Manhattan, in theatres with seating between 100 and 499 seats. Off-Broadway is innovative musicals and prize-winning plays; it is one-person shows and spectacular events; it is record-breaking, familiar shows and not-to-be-missed limited runs.

10 REASONS TO GO OFF-BROADWAY

10. THE COOL FACTOR

For a night on the town that blows your mind, makes you think, and keeps you saying "WOW," there's nothing cooler than Off-Broadway.

9. THE STARS

From Cynthia Nixon to Frances MacDormand, Ethan Hawke to Mary Louise Parker, Anna Gunn to Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman, Ed Harris, and David Hyde Pierce, it's where our finest actors come out and play.

8. THE INTIMACY

The smaller the theatre, the fewer the people to bother you with crinkling candy wrappers or annoying cell phone calls! Plus, shorter lines to the bathroom, and a shorter distance between you and the stellar actors on stage!

7. THE LOCATION

Off-Broadway theatres are in New York's most happening neighborhoods, just steps from the hottest restaurants, bars and other hotspots!

6. THE AFFORDABILITY

Prices are so low, you'll have enough cash left over for a great dinner, drinks, AND a babysitter. So, make a night of it!

5. THE SURPRISES

More men painted blue. More astonishing juggling tricks. More puppets (foul-mouthed or cute-and-cuddly... take your pick). More searing drama. More interactive theatre. In short, more of what you can't get anywhere else in New York.

4. THE HITS

With LOVE, LOSS AND WHAT I WORE, THE FANTASTICKS, PERFECT CRIME, BLUE MAN GROUP, MURDER FOR TWO, BUYER & CELLAR, HERE LIES LOVE, and CLYBOURNE PARK - not to mention the Off-Broadway transfers of hits like FUN HOME, HAMILTON, HAND TO GOD, AVENUE Q and THE 39 STEPS, we've got even more long-running smash-hit shows than Broadway!

3. THE VARIETY

From Pulitzer Prize-winning dramas to fun family fare, from laugh-till-you-cry comedies to foot-stomping extravaganzas, there's something for everyone Off-Broadway.

2. THE BREAKTHROUGHS

Current and upcoming Broadway shows DISGRACED, FUN HOME, VANYA AND SONIA AND MASHA AND SPIKE, CLYBOURNE PARK, AVENUE Q and PETER AND THE STARCATCHER all got their start Off-Broadway. What'll be this year's next big Broadway hit?

And the NUMBER 1 reason to go to Off-Broadway... EVERYBODY'S DOING IT!

 

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres was founded in 1959 for the purpose of promoting and fostering theatrical productions produced in Off-Broadway theatres, to assist in the voluntary exchange of information among its members, and to serve as the collective voice of its membership in pursuit of these purposes.


The Lucille Lortel Awards

The League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers instituted the Lucille Lortel Awards to recognize excellence in the Off-Broadway arena and to honor Lucille Lortel's devotion to Off-Broadway. Awarded annually since 1986, the Lortel Awards are produced by the League in association with the Lucille Lortel Foundation. Additional support is provided by Theatre Development Fund.

Twenty-five years after the first recipient was honored, the Awards have grown to fifteen competitive categories including Outstanding Musical and Play and include more than 100 eligible Off-Broadway productions per year. The Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement has become Off-Broadway's most prestigious award and the Awards ceremony has become a highlight of the spring awards season.

Past recipients of Lortel Awards include: Edward Albee, Jane Alexander, Alan Bates, Charles Durning, Uta Hagen, Ed Harris, Kitty Carlisle Hart, Eileen Heckart, Cherry Jones, Tony Kushner, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Julianna Margulies, Arthur Miller, Mary Louise Parker, Parker Posey, Gloria Reuben, Anika Noni Rose, Jason Robards, Mark Ruffalo, Anna Devere Smith, Susan Stroman, Eli Wallach, and Mare Winningham.

The Lucille Lortel Awards nominating/voting committee includes representatives of the Off-Broadway League, the Lortel Foundation, Actors' Equity Association, Society of Stage Directors & Choreographers, journalists, educators, and other artistic contributors to Off-Broadway.