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Must-See NYC Performances

October 28, 2016 - by Chelsey Grasso
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It should be considered illegal to visit New York City and not catch at least one show. While Broadway is never a bad idea, there are dozens of other theaters, comedy clubs, and independent productions happening in the city that will make you laugh, cry, and feel oh-so-enlightened after the final applause. Get your fill of NYC’s best performances by checking out our list below. From the Rockettes to a Drunk Shakespeare, you can’t go wrong with any of these talent-filled spectacles.

Best of NYC Performances: Radio City Rockettes (Midtown West)


The Rockettes have been a New York City staple since the 1932, and it’s not all just hype. These ladies know how to kick, and they know how to do it with a precision that surpasses even some of the best dancing companies in the nation. If you’re visiting during the Christmas season, be sure to catch the annual Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes™. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of the Americas, 866-858-0007,

Best of NYC Performances: Waitress the Musical (Midtown West)

Waitress the Musical

Waitress might be new to the Broadway scene, but it’s quickly becoming one of the city’s most beloved shows. Pop sensation and Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles wrote the music for Waitress, which tells the tale of an expert pie maker trying to get out of her small-town and loveless marriage. As if things couldn’t get any better, the lobby sells mini pies to ticketholders. Brooks Atkinson Theatre, 256 W. 47th St., 877-250-2929,

Best of NYC Performances: Gotham Comedy Club (Chelsea)

Split your sides laughing at Gotham Comedy Club, where some of New York City’s greatest comedians perform on a regular basis. Jerry Seinfeld, Larry David, Roseanne, Dane Cook, and Dave Chappelle have all been known to crack a few jokes on Gotham Comedy Club’s stage, and there’s always new, young talent being discovered here daily. 208 W. 23rd St., 212-367-9000,

Best of NYC Performances: Drunk Shakespeare (Hell’s Kitchen)

The setup is simple: five professional NY actors come together to form “The Drunk Shakespeare Society,” one of them has at least five shots of whiskey, and then he or she attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespearean play. What ensues is a creative madness that will leave you in stiches. The best part? Every show is its own adventure, as you can imagine. The Lounge, 300 W. 43rd St., 914-713-7865,

Best of NYC Performances: Blue Man Group (NoHo)

Blue Man Group

By now everyone’s heard of the Blue Man Group, and their performances without a doubt live up to their stellar reputation. Mixing music, technology, and comedy, this unique show has been described by critics as being “innovative” and “wildly entertaining,” and we would have to second both those sentiments. Astor Place Theatre, 434 Lafayette St., 800-258-3626,

Best of NYC Performances: Avenue Q (Hell’s Kitchen)

If you’ve never seen a puppet show before, you’re in for a real treat with Avenue Q. This heart-filled show is as hilarious as it is thought-provoking, telling the story of a bright-eyed college graduate moving to New York City. Watch as he (and his neighbors) tell the classic NYC tale of struggling to find jobs, dates, and ultimately, their purposes in life. New World Stages, 340 W. 50th St., 800-432-7250,

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