Hit the Boroughs! Five Theatres You Should Visit Outside Manhattan

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Manhattan's theatre district may be home to the razzle and dazzle of Broadway, but New York City's other boroughs have plenty to offer when it comes to putting on a great show. Playbill.com offers five theatres worthy of hopping on an unfamiliar subway.

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Brooklyn is home to two of Off-Broadway's finest venues: the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Theatre for a New Audience at the Polonsky Shakespeare Center.

BAM attracts some of the finest talent from across the U.S. and the world. The historic Harvey Theatre, with its stunningly preserved walls and heavy velvet curtains, is a treat in itself, whatever the show. Make sure to check out their annual Next Wave Festival, featuring some of the most innovative dance, theatre, opera and musical performances from around the globe.


Though dedicated to staging Shakespeare and other classic works, TFNA has also devoted itself to daring new productions like Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' critically acclaimed An Octoroon or Peter Brooks' The Valley of Astonishment. The gorgeous contemporary and remarkably versatile space makes every show feel like a whole new world.


Situated in the heart of Long Isalnd City's artist quarter, the 99-seat Secret Theatre hosts a variety of theatre, musicals, dance, music, opera and film. The venue is home to risk-taking new works and developments, classics, children's theatre and a range of festivals. To make a day of it, check out an exhibit at the nearby MoMA PS1 gallery and post-show, head to the legendary 24-hour Court Square Diner, servicing Queens locals with retro-cool fare since 1946.

Secret Theatre
Secret Theatre

Staten Island

What better excuse to escape the summer heat of the city by hopping on the Staten Island Ferry and exploring what this historic borough has to offer! What started as a popular movie palace in the golden era of the 1920's, The St. George Theatre is now home to a wide range of musical theatre and musical performances including rock concerts, classic music and solo shows by the likes of Engelbert Humperdink and Donny Osmond. This summer, catch the Harbor Lights production of Gypsy, starring Tony nominee Sally Mayes as Mama Rose.

The St. George Theatre
The St. George Theatre

The Bronx

There's much more to see in the Bronx aside from baseball and the zoo; the Lehman Arts Center gives you an excuse to stay late in this eclectic borough. Now celebrating its 34th season, the center brings a range of entertainment at very affordable prices, including dance, music and theatre. Some of the new season highlights include the National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China, the Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Festival Ballet's Sleeping Beauty. 

Lehman Arts Center
Lehman Arts Center
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