Named after the great American thespian Edwin Booth, this venue, built in 1913, is a relatively intimate playhouse (766 seats) nestled near Shubert Alley. Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Sunday in the Park with George played here in 1984, and so did Robert Morse in Tru. More recently, the Booth was home to the Pulitzer Prize–winning musical Next to Normal and the Tony-winning revival of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
It’s no secret: New York City has some of the greatest local theaters, with hundreds of venues, either on Broadway, Off Broadway or Off-Off Broadway. And while the best Broadway shows get the lion’s share of attention from ticket buyers and the media, there are scores of wonderful spaces across the five boroughs. Sometimes you can even find a terrific company in your own backyard. We wanted to combine our knowledge of the city’s geography with our favorite places to enjoy plays, the best Broadway musicals and experimental performance. Although we can’t guarantee that every show in every venue will be a winner, you may want to keep many in mind if, say, you’re getting sushi in the East Village or showing the folks around Times Square. So check our latest critics' picks and support your local theaters!