It’s a common misconception among casual theater patrons that when a show is Off-Broadway, it’s less prestigious or of lower quality than a Broadway show in New York.
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:
When you’re choosing a show, there’s just as much variety Off-Broadway.
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