While New York City is the biggest theater destination there is, it is easy to get caught up in the glamour that is Broadway. Unbeknownst to many, there is a world beyond pricey shows and it takes place Off-Broadway. With so many happenings going on each and every day it can be hard to know where to even start looking. Lucky for you, we are in the know and have rounded up some of the best up and coming acts out there. Check em out!
Spotlight on Town Hall: To commemorate the Department of the Interior's recent designation of The Town Hall as a National Historic Landmark Site, The Trustees of The Town Hall Foundation will honor the site with a free concert event showcasing the vibrant NYC performing arts scene. The show will feature performances from the Broadway productions of Chicago, and The Phantom of the Opera, as well as Off-Broadway's Avenue Q, The New York City Gay Men's Chorus, The Town Hall Broadway's Rising Stars Chorus and more. The event will be hosted by NY1 anchor Roma Torre and will also feature a special performance by Smash star and Tony nominee Jeremy Jordan. Tickets, which are free to the public, become available at Noon on March 25th at The Town Hall box office. The show will take place on March 28th at 6pm at The Town Hall.
Speakeasy Moderne: Prepare to be enchanted by flappers and dancers during an evening of Jazz Age Manhattan, vaudeville, cabaret, with just a hint of burlesque. There will be special guest singers, dancers, and burlesque stars to put a modern twist on the classic speakeasy. The rotating cast features Ashley Alana Kennedy, Julia Burrows, Kimberly Schafer, and others, as well as Tim Lykins and Matt Baker on piano. Evening and cocktail wear is encouraged and audience members are asked to dress in their favorite era from the '20s, '30s, '40s, '50s, and beyond. The show debuts on March 28th (with special guest performer Dina Fanai) at 9pm at Stage 72, with additional shows once a month until June. VIP tickets are $100, which include a champagne reception with the cast before the show and a front orchestra-section seat. Other ticket prices range from $15-$50 with a two drink minimum. Tickets can be purchased here.
Jazz at KITANO: A weekly event that showcases the best jazz talent around has upped its ante for their April shows. On April 11th-12th, Dick Hyman, legendary jazz pianist and composer who wrote many of the musical score for Woody Allen's movies, will be accompanied by Ken Peplowski, a renowned clarinetist and saxophonist. The rest of the month will feature acts such as the Daryl Sherman Trio and the Mark Sherman Quintet. Cover ranges from $10-$25, with a $15 minimum, and sets are performed at 8 and 10pm.
Rock & Roll & Comedy Extravaganza: Mark your calendars for Law & Order: SVU star Richard Belzer's only New York performance this spring. Belzer will entertain the audience with parodies of the greats—from Springsteen to Bob Dylan, with back up from Thieves. Opening for the famous actor and performer is Speedbuggy. The Extravaganza will take place on April 13th at 7pm at Stage 72. The tickets range from $30-$40 and can purchased here.
Company's Marathon: Facing Page Productions will present the New York debut of Company's Marathon, a nonstop, back to back reading of Shakespeare's canon. The show was founded in 1998 by Gordy Hoffman and each year it honors one of our most beloved writers with hundreds of actors, Shakespeare aficionados, and theater lovers. The order of the plays will be selected by noted actor Andre Braugher and members of the public are invited to sign up in advance to take part in the readings alongside professional actors. The Marathon will take place from April 16th through 20th at the Fourth Street Theater. The shows are free to attend, but you must sign up in advance for reservations here.
Ballet Hispanico: Known as the nation's leading Latino dance organization, Ballet Hispanico returns to The Joyce Theater for its 25th-annual New York season from April 16th-28th. This year's shows will feature the world premiere of Sortijas by Cayetano Soto, a 30th anniversary and Ballet Hispanico premiere of Jardi Tancat, the Joyce premiere of Danzón with live music by Paquito D'Rivera, along with other stunning performances. The matinee performance on April 27th will include a once in a lifetime post-performance chat with artistic director Eduardo Vilaro and Ballet Hispanico dancers. Ticket prices range from $10-$59 and can be purchased here.