Definition of off-Broadway in English:


adjective & adverb

  • (in New York City) of, in, or denoting a class of theatres which are smaller than and located apart from those in the Broadway theatre district and typically stage less expensive or commercial productions.

    as adjective ‘off-Broadway musicals’
    as adverb ‘this was a surprise hit when it opened off-Broadway in the spring’
    • ‘An off-Broadway actress, Kelly is loud, friendly, and is one of those people that everyone else seems to know.’
    • ‘All told, there were 2 off-Broadway houses and 7 studio performance spaces within a few storefronts of each other.’
    • ‘This was a surprise hit when it opened off-Broadway in the spring, with direction by Jason Moore and Choreography by Ken Roberson.’
    • ‘The actress began her career when she was eight years old in an off-Broadway production of Sophistry.’
    • ‘That's the premise of Richard Day's Straight-Jacket, a new off-Broadway comedy that opened in New York in June.’
    • ‘Subsequently it became an off-Broadway theater, an art film house, and a commercial cinema.’
    • ‘She appeared in Broadway and off-Broadway productions.’
    • ‘It was great fun to work in this high-fashion world while doing off-Broadway theatre.’
    • ‘One of her girlfriends who worked off-Broadway told her a secret.’
    • ‘In 1988 she finally caught a break when a glowing review of her performance in an off-Broadway show helped her find an agent who then got her some television work.’
    • ‘Nancy wanted Kennedy to try out for the lead role in ‘Falsettos,’ a musical that would open off-Broadway in the summer of '98.’
    • ‘By age eight, she had an agent and was studying dance and performing arts, appearing in TV commercials and off-Broadway plays.’
    • ‘This is one of those campy off-Broadway shows that secretly delights in its own awfulness: the theatrical equivalent of a movie like Santa Claus Conquers the Martians.’
    • ‘Several of his plays were performed off-Broadway last year.’
    • ‘The Signature Theatre Company, one of the most important for the promotion of American playwriting, produced the work off-Broadway in May.’
    • ‘It was running off-Broadway when I was in NY in 1999.’
    • ‘The production has an authentic off-Broadway aura about it yet never tries to be more than what it is - a little show that managed to hit the big stage.’
    • ‘Diesel's acting career actually started off-Broadway at age seven, and later, at school, he majored in English because he wanted to learn to write screenplays.’
    • ‘This quirky off-Broadway hit began life at a New York City punk rock drag night in 1998.’
    • ‘Finally, we know that Dale is an off-Broadway actor who moves in and out of the text.’


mass noun
  • Off-Broadway theatres and productions collectively.

    ‘he won off-Broadway's equivalent of the Tony’
    • ‘Coming to Toronto from off-Broadway, The Confessions of Punch and Judy purports to be an updating of the infamous English puppet plays.’
    • ‘At first I was somewhat successful, because after the film I didn't work for a year because I wanted to go back to off-Broadway.’
    • ‘The feeling in the audience for The Full Monty is quite unlike the bachelorette squealing that greets off-Broadway's squeaky-clean Naked Boys Singing.’
    • ‘In 1991, the actor founded the National Actors Theatre, with the intent of bringing classic works to Broadway and off-Broadway.’
    • ‘It may soon get a boost, as comedian Dave Gorman brings his bizarre one-man show about Googlewhacking to off-Broadway in October.’
    • ‘Its creator has no doubt about the Asian Art Fair's central position in this web of growth: ‘There is no off-Broadway without Broadway.’’
    • ‘Yes, I did off-Broadway, community theater and school plays throughout my teenage years.’
    • ‘Behind him was the legendary West End producer, who had brought it to London from off-Broadway.’
    • ‘I did TV commercials, and radio commercials, and Broadway, and off-Broadway, and, I understand that you said you saw me.’
    • ‘‘It's going to off-Broadway next year,’ says Miller.’