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Photograph: Ben AronsArs Nova More theater spots and venues
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Asian-American theater companies More theater companies, events and festivals
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Avant-garde downtown legacy More theater companies, events and festivals
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Photograph: Noffar GatAnnie Baker More future legends
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Photograph: Noffar GatJess Barbagallo More future legends
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Photograph: Whitney Cox/The Shubert ArchiveThe Belasco Theatre More theater spots and venues
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Photograph: Camille A FernandezEdwin Booth’s bedroom at the Players Club More theater spots and venues
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Photograph: Noffar GatSteven Boyer More future legends
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Hanna Cheek More future legends
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)10/50
Photograph: Joan MarcusTracee Chimo More future legends
 (Photograph: Francis Dzikowski)11/50
Photograph: Francis DzikowskiThe Claire Tow Theater terrace More theater spots and venues
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Critics More pros and legends
 (Photograph: Ves Pitts)13/50
Photograph: Ves PittsMachine Dazzle More future legends
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)14/50
Photograph: Joan MarcusEncores! at City Center More theater companies, events and festivals
 (Photograph: Aislinn Weidele)15/50
Photograph: Aislinn WeideleOskar Eustis More pros and legends
 (Photograph: Jon Wasserman)16/50
Photograph: Jon WassermanDavid Greenspan More pros and legends
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Kimberly Grigsby More pros and legends
 (Photograph: James Leynse)18/50
Photograph: James LeynseJenn Harris More future legends
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Photograph: Noffar GatRebecca Naomi Jones More future legends
 (Photograph: Joan Marcus)20/50
Photograph: Joan MarcusRon Cephas Jones More pros and legends
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Photograph: Shevett StudiosDaniel Kluger More future legends
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Tony Kushner More pros and legends
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Photograph: Melissa SinclairLa MaMa reborn More theater spots and venues
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Photograph: Noffar GatYoung Jean Lee More future legends
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Living legends (who keep working) More pros and legends
 (Photograph: Ves Pitts)26/50
Photograph: Ves PittsTaylor Mac More future legends
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Photograph: Photograph: Loren WoDave Malloy More future legends
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Photograph: Noffar GatCristin Milioti More future legends
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Photograph: Noffar GatLin-Manuel Miranda More future legends
 (Photograph: Joe Marzullo)30/50
Photograph: Joe MarzulloScott Morfee More pros and legends
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Photograph: Krista SchlueterJessie Mueller More future legends
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Musical-theater chorus folk More pros and legends
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New Victory Theater More theater spots and venues
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The New York International Fringe Festival More theater companies, events and festivals
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Off-Off troupes that break through More theater companies, events and festivals
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Photograph: Andrew NicholasOuter-borough venues More theater spots and venues
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Photograph: Noffar GatPasek & Paul More future legends
 (Photograph: Melissa Sinclair)38/50
Photograph: Melissa SinclairPlaywright portraits at the Signature Center More theater spots and venues
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Photograph: Noffar GatNoah Robbins More future legends
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Photograph: Courtesy Shakespeare in the ParkShakespeare in the Park, parking lot and everywhere else More theater companies, events and festivals
 (Photograph: Joseph Moran)41/50
Photograph: Joseph MoranWallace Shawn and André Gregory More pros and legends
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Sh-K-Boom/Ghostlight Records More theater companies, events and festivals
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Stars! More pros and legends
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Super troupers More pros and legends
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Theater superfans More pros and legends
 (Photograph: Joseph Moran)46/50
Photograph: Joseph MoranAlex Timbers More future legends
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Photograph: Shevett StudiosSeven reasons to love the annual Tony Awards telecast More theater companies, events and festivals
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Photograph: Genevieve Rafter KeddyUnstaged readings More theater companies, events and festivals
 (Photograph: Timothy Keating)49/50
Photograph: Timothy KeatingMac Wellman More pros and legends
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Photograph: Noffar GatStephen Tyrone Williams More future legends

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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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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