In fact, Off-Broadway has nothing to do with the quality of the show -- it has not been "kicked off Broadway," as the name might suggest. It simply means the show is housed in a smaller venue, seating anywhere from 100 to 499 audience members. By contrast, New York's largest Broadway theater, the Gershwin Theatre, seats nearly 2,000.
Off-Broadway shows provide a more intimate theater experience, which is of great benefit to some productions. Here are some other things you might not know about seeing a show Off-Broadway:
- Like many Broadway shows, some run for a limited number of performances, but others have been running for more than a decade. The hit percussion show "STOMP" has been at the Orpheum Theatre for nearly 20 years.
When you're choosing a show, there's just as much variety Off-Broadway.
--Kristyn Schiavone is a Travelzoo Deal Expert based in Chicago. Travelzoo has 250 deal experts from around the world who rigorously research, evaluate and test thousands of deals to find those with true value.