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The 20 best Off Broadway shows to see in Fall 2021

A fall preview of the most promising Off Broadway musicals and plays that are scheduled to open this season

Adam Feldman
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Adam Feldman

Yes, Broadway theater is back this fall, including many new productions, and that's something to celebrate. But the richness of New York City's theater scene extends far beyond the Great White Way. Much of the city's most dynamic, channeling and entertaining work happens in the realm of Off Broadway—and happily, that's also coming back this season. Along with long-running favorites like Blue Man Group and Jersey Boys and more recent gems including Little Shop of Horrors and What to Send Up When It Goes Down, the upcoming Off Broadway season includes dozens of new productions. We've sorted through the schedule to select 21 new shows that seem especially promising. (It was originally 20 but Assassins announced its return just after we published this, and we can't very well not include that on the list.) Here is our 2021 Off Broadway fall preview.

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Off Broadway shows to see this fall

  • Theater
  • Musicals

Few live-action shorts have had the impact of Celeste Lescene and Peggy Rajski's 1994 film Trevor, which not only won an Oscar but inspired th1998 creation of Trevor Project, a suicide-prevention organization aimed at LGBTQ youth that is still very much in operation today. Now Lescene's story, about a widely bullied diva-worshipping 13-year-old kid in 1981 with a crush on another boy at his school, has been adapted into a musical by the Southern Comfort team of Dan Collins and Julianne Wick Davis. Director Marc Bruni and choreographer Josh Prince, who collaborated on Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, reunite at the reins.

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