Monday, January 6, 2014

20at20 is Back

The Off Broadway Alliance will again sponsor 20at20, the bi-annual celebration of Off Broadway. The popular promotion, which begins Jan. 21 and continues through Feb. 9, makes $20 tickets available for 48 Off Broadway plays and musicals 20 minutes prior to curtain. 

 Now in its 8th year, 20at20 has become one of New York’s most eagerly-anticipated promotions for budget-conscious theatre-goers.

All 20at20 ticket sales are cash only. For a complete list of participating shows and venues see below or visit www.20at20.com.

If you see seven Off Broadway shows during the OBA’s 20at20 promotion, you can enjoy a FREE DINNER. See any seven of the participating 20at20 shows between Jan. 21and Feb. 9 and receive a voucher for free dinner for two at an area restaurant. Just mail your original ticket stubs (no photocopies accepted) for seven 20at20 shows to: 20at20 Dinner Special, 555 Eighth Avenue, Suite 905, NY, NY 10018. All entries must be postmarked by Feb. 9 to be valid. Please include your name, phone, email, and mailing address.

20at20 is presented by The Off Broadway Alliance (OBA), a non-profit corporation organized by theater professionals dedicated to supporting, promoting and encouraging the production of Off Broadway theater and to making live theater increasingly accessible to new and diverse audiences. The Alliance holds monthly meetings and membership is open to everyone in the Off-Broadway theater community. Among its initiatives, The Off Broadway Alliance sponsors a free Seminar Series focusing on the culture, business and history of Off Broadway featuring major players from the Off Broadway scene. And the OBA created the Off Broadway Economic Impact Report, which details Off Broadway's over $500 million annual impact on the economy of the City of New York."

20at20 is presented with additional support from Playbill, BroadwayBox.com,BestOfOffBroadway.com, TheProducersProspective.com, BroadwayInsider.com, TheMenEvent.com and8Coupons.com.

For complete info on 20at20 go to www.20at20.com or address any question via email tohello@20at20.com.

Off Broadway shows participating in 20at20: 

 
A Man’s A Man                                                                                                                 
Classic Stage Company                                                                                   

Accidental Pervert                                                                                                            
13th Street Repertory Theater                                                                                        
www.theaccidentalpervert.com                                                                                     

Almost, Maine
Transport Group Theatre Company - The Gym at Judson
www.transportgroup.org/almost-maine

Angelina Ballerina the Musical                                                                                      
McGinn/Cazale 
www.angelinaballerinathemusical.com                                                                 

Avenue Q                                                                                                                            
New World Stages-Stage 3
                                                                                                      
Bayside! The Musical!                                                                                                       
Theatre 80                                                                                                                            
www.baysidethemusical.com                                                                                         

Bedlam’s Hamlet                                                                                            
The Lynn Redgrave Theater                                                                               
www.theatrebedlam.org                                                                                   

Bedlam’s Saint Joan                                                                                      
The Lynn Redgrave Theater                                                                               
www.theatrebedlam.org                                                                                   

Bikeman-The 9/11 Theatrical Experience
Tribeca Performing Arts Center
 http://www.bikemanthe911theatricalexperience.com/

Bill W. and Dr. Bob                                                                                          
Soho Playhouse                                                                                                                   
www.billwanddrbob.com                                                                                       

Black Angels Over Tuskegee                                                                              
Actors Temple Theatre                                                                                                       
www.blackangelsovertuskegee.com       

Breakfast With Mugabe
The Lion Theatre at Theatre Row
www.breakfastwithmugabe.com

Cougar the MusicalSt. Luke’s Theatrewww.cougarthemusical.com

Disaster!
St. Luke’s Theatre www.DisasterMusical.com

Fancy Nancy the MusicalMcGinn/Cazale Theatrewww.vitaltheatre.org/fancynancy-2012.php

Gazillion Bubble ShowNew World Stages-Stage 2 www.gazillionbubbleshow.com                                                                                       

Handle With CareWestside Theatre Downstairs
www.HandleWithCaretheplay.com         

How To Be A New YorkerThe Screening Room Theatre at Planet Hollywood Times Squarewww.how2banewyorker.com

iLuminate
New World Stages-Stage 4 
www.iluminate.com

IntimacyThe Acorn Theatre at Theatre Rowwww.TheNewGroup.org 

It’s Just Sex
Actor’s Temple Theatre
www.itsjustsexplay.com
                                                           
Juno and the Paycock                                                                                                          
Irish Repertory Theatre                                                                                                  

La Soiree
Union Square Theatre                                                                                                    

London Wall                                                                                                     
Mint Theater Company                                                                                        
www.minttheater.org                                                                                             

Loot                                                                                                                                          
Red Bull Theater at the Lucille Lortel Theater                                                         
                                                                                                                            
Murder for Two
New World Stages-Stage 5                                                                                          
                                                                                                                                     
My Big Gay Italian Funeral                                                                                 
St. Luke’s Theatre
www.biggayitalianfuneral.com                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                     
My Big Gay Italian Wedding                                                                                                  
St. Luke’s Theatre                                                                                                                     
 www.biggayitalianwedding.com                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                                     
Naked Boys Singing                                                                                                                 
The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
NEWsical The Musical                                                                                                               
The Kirk Theatre at Theatre Row                                                                                                           
                                                                                                    
Perfect Crime                                                                                                                              
Snapple Theater Center
www.perfect-crime.com                                                                                                           
                                                                                                                                                    
Piggy Nation: The MusicalSnapple Theater Center

Riding the Midnight Express                                                                             
St. Luke’s Theatre

Row After RowCity Center Stage IIwww.WPTHEATER.org

Sam Eaton’s The Quantum Eye- Mentalism and Magic ShowTheatre 80www.TheQuantumEye.com
  
Sex, Relationships, and Sometimes Love
Snapple Theater Center/ Jerry Orbach Theater

Sex Tips For Straight Women From A Gay ManThe 777 Theatre

Showgirls! The Musical!Theatre 80                                                                                                                            

SistasSt. Luke’s Theatrewww.sistasthemusical.com

The Amazing Max and the Box Of Interesting ThingsManhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)

The Berenstain Bears LIVE!Manhattan Movement and Arts Center (MMAC)

The Chocolate Show! A Tasty New Musical
47th Street Theatre

The Clearing
Theatre at St. Clements

The Fantasticks
Snapple Theater Center

The Greatest Pirate Story Never Told!
Snapple Theater Center/Jerry Orbach Theater

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
St. Luke’s Theatre

The Tribute Artist
Primary Stages at 59E59 Theaters

The Wonderful Wizard of Song: The Music of Harold Arlen

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