5 New Musicals in NYC to Be Thankful For

Feast your eyes and ears on these buzzworthy blessings off-Broadway.

Scoring tickets to see Jonathan Groff in the crowd-pleasing new revival of Little Shop of Horrors would be a holiday miracle, but New York theatergoers don’t have to settle for a turkey this season.

Check out these five other musicals that recently opened off-Broadway for limited runs.

Bright and Brave

Peter Charney

Picture it: England, 1872. Eton College students Regy and Chat (adorable duo Jack Saleeby and Trevor Carr) begin a forbidden love affair in this endearing and bittersweet musical inspired by actual events.

Dixon Place through November 23.

Broadbend, Arkansas

Carol Rosegg

A black nursing home orderly and his grown daughter sing their hearts out in monologues about racial inequality and violence down South, but fine acting and Ted Shen’s operatic score make this a lovely place to visit.

Transport Group at the Duke on 42nd Street through November 23.


Monique Carboni

Erica Schmidt’s somber adaptation of Cyrano de Bergerac woos audiences with moody tunes by members of indie rock band The National. A normal-nosed Peter Dinklage makes a big impression in the title role.

The New Group at the Daryl Roth Theatre through December 22.

Scotland, PA

Nina Goodheart

Adam Gwon and Michael Mitnick’s deliciously dark musical comedy, based on a 2001 film, reimagines Macbeth in a 1970s Pennsylvania burger joint. Unlike that damned spot, a young gay character comes out—in song!

Roundabout’s Laura Pels Theatre through December 8.

The Wrong Man

Matthew Murphy

It would be a crime not to sing the praises of pop songwriter Ross Golan’s captivating chamber musical starring Joshua Henry as a man framed for murder. Hamilton’s Thomas Kail directs with choreography by Travis Wall.

Robert W. Wilson MCC Theater Space through November 24.