off Broadway

or Off Broadway

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  1. professional drama produced in New York City in small theaters often away from the Broadway area and characterized by experimental productions.

Origin of off Broadway

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55

Other words from off Broadway

  • off-Broadway, adjective, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for off-Broadway


  1. designating the kind of experimental, low-budget, or noncommercial productions associated with theatre outside the Broadway area in New York

  2. (of theatres) not located on Broadway

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Cultural definitions for off-Broadway


A descriptive term for part of the theatrical community of New York City that presents small-scale, often experimental dramas. The costs of off-Broadway productions are generally much lower than those of Broadway (see also Broadway) plays.

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