• synonyms

off Broadway

or Off Broadway



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


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Origin of off Broadway

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
Related formsoff-Broad·way, adjective, adverb

Definition for off-broadway (2 of 2)

off off Broadway

or Off Off Broadway


experimental or avant-garde drama produced in New York City, in small theaters, halls, churches, etc.
Related formsoff-off-Broad·way, adjective, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for off-broadway



designating the kind of experimental, low-budget, or noncommercial productions associated with theatre outside the Broadway area in New York
(of theatres) not located on Broadway
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Word Origin and History for off-broadway



1953, "experimental theater productions in New York City," from off (adv.) + Broadway. Even more experimental off-off-Broadway is attested from 1967.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture 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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