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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.

 (Photograph: Ben Arons)
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Photograph: Ben Arons
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Asian-American theater companies

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 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat
 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Jess Barbagallo

More future legends

 (Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert Archive)
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Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert Archive
 (Photograph: Camille A Fernandez)
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Photograph: Camille A Fernandez

Edwin Booth’s bedroom at the Players Club

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 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat
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 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus
 (Photograph: Francis Dzikowski)
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Photograph: Francis Dzikowski

The Claire Tow Theater terrace

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 (Photograph: Ves Pitts)
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Photograph: Ves Pitts

Machine Dazzle

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 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus
 (Photograph: Aislinn Weidele)
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Photograph: Aislinn Weidele
 (Photograph: Jon Wasserman)
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Photograph: Jon Wasserman

David Greenspan

More pros and legends

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Kimberly Grigsby

More pros and legends

 (Photograph: James Leynse)
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Photograph: James Leynse
 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Rebecca Naomi Jones

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 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)
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Photograph: Joan Marcus

Ron Cephas Jones

More pros and legends

 (Photograph: Shevett Studios)
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Photograph: Shevett Studios

Daniel Kluger

More future legends

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 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair
 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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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)
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Photograph: Ves Pitts
 (Photograph: Photograph: Loren Wo)
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Photograph: Photograph: Loren Wo
 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Cristin Milioti

More future legends

 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat

Lin-Manuel Miranda

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 (Photograph: Joe Marzullo)
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Photograph: Joe Marzullo
 (Photograph: Krista Schlueter)
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Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Jessie Mueller

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Musical-theater chorus folk

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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)
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Photograph: Andrew Nicholas

Outer-borough venues

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 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)
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Photograph: Melissa Sinclair

Playwright portraits at the Signature Center

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 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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Photograph: Noffar Gat
 (Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the Park)
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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)
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Photograph: Joseph Moran

Wallace Shawn and André Gregory

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Super troupers

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Theater superfans

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 (Photograph: Joseph Moran)
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Photograph: Joseph Moran
 (Photograph: Shevett Studios)
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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: Genevieve Rafter Keddy
 (Photograph: Timothy Keating)
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Photograph: Timothy Keating
 (Photograph: Noffar Gat)
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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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