Theater in New York: 50 reasons to love NYC theater (slide show)

Check out the best of theater in New York, from Broadway stars to underground legends, in our handy slide show.

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Photograph: Ben Arons
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Asian-American theater companies

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Avant-garde downtown legacy

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Annie Baker

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Jess Barbagallo

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Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert Archive

The Belasco Theatre

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Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

Edwin Booth’s bedroom at the Players Club

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Steven Boyer

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Hanna Cheek

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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Tracee Chimo

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Photograph: Francis Dzikowski

The Claire Tow Theater terrace

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Photograph: Ves Pitts

Machine Dazzle

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Photograph: Joan Marcus
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Photograph: Aislinn Weidele

Oskar Eustis

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Photograph: Jon Wasserman

David Greenspan

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Kimberly Grigsby

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Photograph: James Leynse

Jenn Harris

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Rebecca Naomi Jones

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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Ron Cephas Jones

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Photograph: Shevett Studios

Daniel Kluger

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Tony Kushner

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Young Jean Lee

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Living legends (who keep working)

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Photograph: Ves Pitts

Taylor Mac

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Photograph: Photograph: Loren Wo

Dave Malloy

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Cristin Milioti

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Photograph: Joe Marzullo

Scott Morfee

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Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Jessie Mueller

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Musical-theater chorus folk

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New Victory Theater

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The New York International Fringe Festival

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Off-Off troupes that break through

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Photograph: Andrew Nicholas

Outer-borough venues

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Pasek & Paul

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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Playwright portraits at the Signature Center

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Noah Robbins

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Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park

Shakespeare in the Park, parking lot and everywhere else

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Photograph: Joseph Moran

Wallace Shawn and André Gregory

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Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records

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Super troupers

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Theater superfans

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Photograph: Joseph Moran

Alex Timbers

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Photograph: Shevett Studios

Seven reasons to love the annual Tony Awards telecast

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Photograph: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
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Photograph: Timothy Keating

Mac Wellman

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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Stephen Tyrone Williams

More future legends

Browse through our slide show for an overview of the things we love about theater in New York. Here, you’ll find the actors, playwrights, directors, companies and venues that are the cream of the crop on Broadway, Off Broadway and Off-Off Broadway. We’ve also included our picks for future legends—the artists we’ll be talking about decades from now. Think we left anything out?

Tweet us at @TimeOutTheater to weigh in.

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