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Off-Broadway shows to see this spring

Discover the major plays and musicals coming to New York theatres this spring, including new shows from award-winning writers and star-led productions.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

Spring is known as theatre's busy season, and that's not just true of Broadway shows vying for Tony Awards in June. Honors like the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards include Off-Broadway shows, too, so theatre companies regularly present major new works in the spring for consideration.

Off-Broadway theatre is a vast landscape, with venues scattered across Manhattan and beyond. It would be nearly impossible to round up all the shows opening off Broadway this spring, but we've named the shows premiering at major institutions, including Lincoln Center Theater, Roundabout Theater Company, Second Stage Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, and more. Plus, check out buzzy revivals and star-led productions playing at additional New York theatres.

Learn about major Off-Broadway musicals and plays opening this spring below, listed in order of start date. To discover even more spring theatre, check out our roundup of all the spring Broadway shows premering this season.

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Musicals off Broadway this spring

Off-Broadway musicals are rarer than plays, so when they come along, they're a treat. Now-celebrated musicals like Hamilton began as Off-Broadway spring headliners, so one or more of these shows could be the next blockbuster Broadway hit by next spring.

The Connector

In the competitive world of journalism, rising reporter Ethan will do anything to get the best, juiciest scoop. Assistant copy editor Robin will do anything to stop him before he compromises the ethics of the title publication. Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade) co-created this new musical with Daisy Prince and Jonathan Marc Sherman.

Performances start: January 12

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White Rose: The Musical

This original musical tells the little-known true story of the White Rose, a group of German students who openly protested the Nazi regime during World War II in the face of personal danger. A cast of young Broadway talent headlines this show that reminds us people of any age can have the courage to make a powerful change.

Performances start: January 17

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A Sign of the Times

Petula Clark said to go downtown, but you'll have to go to Midtown for this new musical that transports audiences back to the '60s, when the world was changing rapidly every day. The story of a photographer trying to find her place in this world amid anti-war, civil rights, and women's rights movements is set to the decade's biggest pop hits, like "Downtown" and "Rescue Me."

Performances start: February 7

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Teeth

Based on the 2007 cult classic film, Teeth is a new musical with bite. Pulitzer and Tony winner Michael R. Jackson (A Strange Loop) and Anna K. Jacobs adapted the story of Dawn, a Christian teen whose body literally snaps back when men try to violate it, awakening long-suppressed confusion, rage, and desire in Dawn.

Performances start: February 21

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Dead Outlaw

The multi-Tony Award-winning creative team behind Broadway's The Band's Visit reunited to create this world-premiere musical for Audible Theater. Dead Outlaw is named for the “Six-Million Dollar Man” Elmer McCurdy, whose body became a sideshow attraction after his death. When his remains are actually investigated years later, details of his wild, ambitious, troubled life come to light — and this show musicalizes that story for the first time.

Performances start: February 28

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The Lonely Few

This tender, romantic show is New York-bound after premiering on the West Coast. Up-and-coming musician Lila gets a chance for her band to tour with well-known musician Amy. But instead of just finding her big break, Lila finds an unexpected romance with Amy. But can it survive beyond the road?

Performances start: April 26

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Three Houses

Dave Malloy, the acclaimed creator of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812, is back with his newest original musical. During the pandemic, three people — one in Ireland, one in Latvia, and one in New Mexico — may be miles apart, but they undergo a common journey of confronting their pasts in isolation.

Performances start: April 30

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Plays off Broadway this spring

Off-Broadway is the place to find exciting new plays and see them in intimate venues. Multiple award-winning Broadway writers are premiering their latest works off Broadway this spring alongside exciting emerging playwrights telling stories you won't hear anywhere else this season.

Jonah

You can't always get what you want — and lonely boarding school student Ana learns that the hard way in this thrilling world-premiere play. When she meets fellow student Jonah, she thinks he's the key to making all her dreams and desires come true — but he, like many other things in Rachel Bonds's show, is not what he seems.

Performances start: January 11

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The Apiary

Orange Is the New Black's Taylor Schilling stars in this world-premiere play set 22 years in the future. Two lab assistants' potentially life-changing experiment sets off this story about ambition and honeybees. What will happen to the people who volunteer for their plan?

Performances start: January 31

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The White Chip

Returning off Broadway after an acclaimed 2019 premiere, the dark comedy The White Chip welcomes back original star Joe Tapper as a man struggling with alcholism as his career reaches a peak — and, eventually, finding the path to recovery. Sheryl Kaller also returns from the 2019 run to direct, and Hank Azaria and Annaleigh Ashford are among the producers.

Performances start: January 22

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Russian Troll Farm: A Workplace Comedy

Like any coworkers, Masha, Nikolai, and Egor have to deal with everyday challenges: interpersonal issues, office crushes, and the office raffle for a microwave. Except they do it while spreading disinformation and creating fake personas as part of Russia's internet manipulation agency. Political satire and workplace comedy collide in Sarah Gancher's new play.

Performances start: January 25

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Oh, Mary!

Award-winning writer and comedian Cole Escola reimagines the story of former First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln in their new dark comedy. With Conrad Ricamora as "Mary's Husband" — i.e. former President Abraham Lincoln — James Scully as her teacher, and more, Escola explores the alcoholism, suppressed desire, and more that defined Mary's life just before her husband's assassination.

Performances start: January 26

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Sunset Baby

Dominique Morisseau is on a roll. After receiving critical acclaim for the Broadway premiere of her play Skeleton Crew, the Off-Broadway premiere of Confederates, and the musical Ain't Too Proud, she returns with her 2013 play Sunset Baby, about a woman whose Black revolutionary father upends her life in his search for redemption. Also a critical darling, the show was a New York Critic's Pick the last time it was around.

Performances start: January 30

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I Love You So Much I Could Die

How does one speak the unspeakable? One way is to have AI voice-to-text software do it for you. performs creator Mona Pirnot's monologues about previously secretive stories from her life, while she provides live music accompaniment. Playwright Lucas Hnath directs Pirnot — his real-life partner — in this form-breaking, utterly unique multimedia show.

Performances start: February 1

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Brooklyn Laundry

As if having two revivals — Doubt on Broadway and Danny and the Deep Blue Sea off Broadway — this season wasn't enough, Oscar-, Pulitzer-, and Tony-winning writer John Patrick Shanley is throwing a world premiere into the mix. He directs Cecily Strong, David Zayas, and more in his play about three sisters and a laundromat owner dealing with the wickedly funny challenges and curveballs of everyday city life.

Performances start: February 6

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The Seven Year Disappear

Cynthia Nixon returns to the New York stage to play a wandering artist who unexpectedly returns to her son's (Taylor Trensch) life, forcing him to face long-suppressed memories. This production, presented by the New Group, marks a reunion between the Sex and the City star and director Scott Elliott, who previously directed her in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.

Performances start: February 6

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Pericles

This Shakespeare classic gets a new staging this spring, reintroducing audiences to this tragicomic story of love, betrayal, and pirates. A certain death sentence sends the young title prince out of his homeland and on a thrilling adventure on the high seas.

Performances start: February 8

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The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers

Beloved TV show host raised a generation of fun-loving fans on his Nickelodeon game show Double Dare and his Food Network show Unwrapped. Now, Summers steps back into his old gig — sort of — performing this game-show-meets-theatrical-memoir about the ups and downs of his life and career. In between little-known stories, Summers will enlist audience members in interactive challenges — watch out for the slime!

Performances start: February 14

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Corruption

When British Parliament member Tom Watson went after Rupert Murdoch's News International for publishing slander, he ended up uncovering something much bigger: a phone hacking scandal that rocked the company. First documented in the book Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and The Corruption of Britain, the story now gets the stage treatment in J. T. Rogers's play.

Performances start: February 15

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The Ally

For progressive professor Asaf, signing his student's social justice petition seems like a no-brainer at first. But in this new play by Tony Award-winning The Band's Visit writer Itamar Moses, he ends up caught in the middle of multiple conflicting agendas that challenge every facet of his identity — religious, political, familial, and personal.

Performances start: February 15

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The Effect

It's been said that love is a drug, but what happens when love and drugs collide? When two patients a clinical drug trial fall in love, is it real, or is it just a side effect? Playwright Lucy Prebble probes these questions and more in her sharp show, coming to The Shed from a celebrated London run with its cast and creative team intact.

Performances start: March 3

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Sally & Tom

Tom, the director and star of a play about Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, is dating the woman playing Sally. What could go wrong? Pulitzer Prize winner Suzan-Lori Parks's new play strikingly compares historical power plays with those of today.

Performances start: March 28

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Orlando

Taylor Mac stars in the latest revival of Pulitzer Prize finalist Sarah Ruhl's time- and gender-defying play based on Virginia Woolf's novel. Across centuries, the title character morphs from a 16th-century man to a 20th-century woman, rediscovering their social, romantic, and personal preferences and standards many times over in a continual process of becoming.

Performances start: April 2

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Jordans

The lone Black employee at a white-dominated company is at first excited when another young Black woman gets hired. But in the cutthroat corporate world, they're pitted against each other to make it to the top. Obie Award winner Whitney White directs this ferocious play by Ife Olujobi.

Performances start: April 11

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Staff Meal

A restaurant in the city acts as a kind of oasis for a ragtag group of folks seeking refuge from the outside world. At least until closing time, they're safe there — but what happens after? This world-premiere comedy by Abe Koogler is all about people searching for connection and comfort in a lonely world.

Performances start: April 12

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Here There Are Blueberries

In 2007, one small photo collection sparked a huge nationwide debate. A U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum received pictures of Nazis frolicking and relaxing while atrocities raged on, prompting questions about what parts of history should be remembered and displayed — and what those decisions say about the people who make them. Moisés Kaufman, Amanda Gronich, and Tectonic Theater Project, creators of The Laramie Project, present this play based on true events.

Performances start: April 2024

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The Welkin

Tony Award nominee Lucy Kirkwood returns to New York with her latest play about womanhood, truth, and democracy. In 1759 England, a convicted woman reveals she's pregnant, hoping to escape her death sentence — and it's up to 12 of her fellow townswomen to decide her fate.

Performances start: May 16

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What Became of Us

Two siblings, each born in a different country, must figure out how to maintain their connections to both places and each other without losing any part of their identity. This Atlantic Theater Company production marks the Off-Broadway debut of playwright Shayan Lotfi.

Performances start: May 2024

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Wine in the Wilderness

Alice Childress is having a moment. Two seldom-produced plays by the accomplished writer — Trouble in Mind and Wedding Band — got New York stagings in the 2022-23 season, and now a third, Wine in the Wilderness, follows suit. Tony Award-winning actress LaChanze, who starred in Trouble in Mind on Broadway, makes her New York directorial debut with this show about the complex and fiery relationship between a Harlem artist and his new muse.

Performances start: Spring 2024

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