New World Stages

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New World Stages
Dodger Stages (2004-2006)
Address 340 West 50th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′46″N 73°59′15″W / 40.76277°N 73.98758°W / 40.76277; -73.98758Coordinates: 40°45′46″N 73°59′15″W / 40.76277°N 73.98758°W / 40.76277; -73.98758
Owner The Shubert Organization
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity Stage 1: 499
Stage 2: 350
Stage 3: 499
Stage 4: 350
Stage 5: 199
Opened 2004 (2004)
Architect Beyer, Blinder, and Belle

New World Stages is a five-theater, Off-Broadway performing arts complex in New York's theatre district.



Constructed on the site of Madison Square Garden (1925-1968), New World Stages was originally built as the Loews Cineplex Entertainment (1994-2001) in Worldwide Plaza. The movie theater complex was closed from 2001 until 2004, when, following substantial renovations, it re-opened as Dodger Stages. The architects were Beyer, Blinder, and Belle. The theatre designers were Sachs Morgan, and the interior designer was Klara Zieglerova. Since that time, the theater complex has housed many commercial theatrical productions, as well as numerous corporate events, readings, and concerts.[1]

Dodger Stages was renamed New World Stages on March 16, 2006, concurrent with Stage Entertainment’s assuming sole ownership of the complex. Since November 17, 2014, the venue has been been owned and operated by The Shubert Organization.[2]

In addition to new Off-Broadway productions, New World Stages has become a home to shows that were previously on Broadway, including Avenue Q, The 39 Steps, Million Dollar Quartet, and Peter and the Starcatcher. This producing tactic has been utilized to encourage the extension of a show's commercial run. The venue has also become a location for the piggybacking model, whereby multiple shows adjust their playing times and share the same theater, set, and tech personnel to lower the costs of keeping an open-ended Off-Broadway show running.[3]


New World Stages houses five theaters. Stages 1 and 3 have a maximum of 499 seats each, Stages 2 and 4 have a maximum of 350 seats each, and Stage 5 has a maximum of 199 seats. These capacities, greater than 100, fewer than 499, define New World Stages as an Off-Broadway complex. (Theaters with fewer than 100 seats are Off-Off-Broadway; theaters with 500 or more seats that are in the theater district fall into the Broadway level.)[4] The maximum weekly capacity, assuming five shows running concurrently in the five theaters, each for eight performances per week, is 15,176 people.

The complete square footage of the underground complex is 61,300 square feet (5,690 m2), and it reaches underground the length of a full city block, from 49th street to 50th street.[5]

Shows and Show History[edit]

The following information is taken from the Internet Off-Broadway Database.[6] New World Stages has been home to a variety of Off-Broadway shows in its brief history, ranging in theme from a water based puppet show to a zombie musical.

Stage 1[edit]

499 Seats

The Great American Trailer Park Musical[edit]

Opened September 27, 2005. Closed December 4, 2005
Cast: Marya Grandy, Linda Hart, Shuler Hensley, Kaitlin Hopkins, Leslie Kritzer, Orfeh, Wayne Wilcox, Tracy Jai Edwards, Anthony Holds, Cathy Trien.

Evil Dead the Musical[edit]

Opened November 1, 2006. Closed February 17, 2007.
Cast: Jennifer Byrne, Jenna Coker, Renee Klapmeyer, Tom Walker, Ryan Ward, Brandon Wardell, Ryan Williams, Darryl Winslow, Amy Shute.

Elvis People[edit]

Opened June 21, 2007. Closed June 23, 2007.
Cast: Jordan Gelber, Jenny Maguire, David McCann, Nick Newell, Nell Page, Ed Sala, Kristen Bedard, Ned Noyes.

Die, Mommie, Die![edit]

Opened October 21, 2007. Closed January 13, 2008.
Cast: Bob Ari, Charles Busch, Van Hansis, Chris Hoch, Ashley Morris, Kristine Nielsen, Melinda Helfrich.

Jackie Mason: The Ultimate Jew[edit]

Opened March 18, 2008. Closed July 20, 2008.
Cast: Jackie Mason

Rock of Ages[edit]

Opened October 1, 2008. Closed January 4, 2009.

Cast: Constantine Maroulis, Kelli Barrett, Nova Bergeron, Adam Dannheisser, Mitchell Jarvis, Michele Mais, Lauren Molina, Brian Munn, Angel Reed, Paul Schoeffler, Wesley Taylor, Savannah Wise, Will Swenson, Jackie Burns, Lara Janine, Tad Wilson, Jeremy Woodard.
The show transferred to Broadway, originally playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre [7] before transferring to the Helen Hayes Theatre in 2011.
Rock of Ages Official Website

The Toxic Avenger[edit]

Previews started March 18, 2009. Opened April 6, 2009. Closed January 3, 2010.

Cast: Sara Chase, Nick Cordero, Demond Green, Nancy Opel, Matthew Saldivar, Erin Leigh Peck, Nicholas Rodriguez, Lena Hall, Jonathan Root.
Closing Cast: Lena Hall, Diana DeGarmo, Nicholas Rodriguez, Jonathan Root. Director: John Rando (Urinetown)
Music and lyrics: David Bryan (Bon Jovi)
Book and lyrics: Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change).
The Toxic Avenger Musical Official Website

The 39 Steps[edit]

Opened April 5, 2010. Closed January 16, 2011
Closing cast: John Behlman (Richard Hannay), Cameron Folmar (Man #2), Jamie Jackson (Man #1), Kate MacCluggage (Annabella Schmidt/Pamela/Margaret)


Opened August 11, 2011. Closed September 9, 2012
Closing cast: Shaleah Adkisson, Nicholas Christopher, Anthony Fedorov, Josh Grisetti, Emma Hunton, Rashad Naylor, Mj Rodriguez, Natalie Wachen, Margot Bingham, Amber Iman, Marcus Paul James, Ben Thompson, Taylor Trensch, Morgan Weed,Xavier Cano, Katrina Rose Dideriksen, Sean Michael Murray, Genny Lis Padilla

Peter and the Starcatcher[edit]

Opening: March 18, 2013. Closed January 12, 2014
Closing Cast: Nicole Lowrance, Jason Ralph, Rick Holmes, Edward Baker-Duly, Matt D'Amico, Kevin Del Aguila, Josh Grisetti, Evan Harrington, Alex Hernandez, Nate Miller, Andrew Mueller, Jon Patrick Walker, Jordan Geiger, Joanna Howard, Jose Restrepo, Graham Stevens.


Previews: March 15, 2014. Opened: March 31, 2014. Closed August 4, 2014.
Closing Cast: Barrett Wilbert Weed, Ryan McCartan, Jessica Kennan Wynn, Elle McLemore, Alice Lee, Katie Ladner, Jon Eidson, Evan Todd, Anthony Crivello, Dan Cooney, Michelle Duffy, Cait Fairbanks, Rachel Flynn, AJ Meijer, Dustin Sullivan, Molly Hager, Charissa Hogeland, Dan Domenech

Stage 2[edit]

360 Seats

Pieces (of Ass)[edit]

Opened December 10, 2004. Closed March 27, 2005.
Closing Cast: Diahnna Nicole Baxter, Christie D'Amore, Sara Rae Gore, Rachel Hollon, Danielle James, Tami Mansfield, Cassie Pappas, Rachael Robbins, Lindsay Zir, Catherine Hickland, and Julie Alexandria. Conceived and Directed by Brian Howie


Opened May 12, 2005. Closed November 12, 2006.
Closing Cast: Ayanda, Richard Carter, Nicholas Africa Djanie, Nomcula Gerashe, Themba Kubheka, Enock Bafana Mahlangu, Ronald Thabo, Medupe, Molutsi Mogami, Molebedi Sponch Mogapi, Sebone Dzwanyudzwanyu Rangata, Tiny.

Bill W. and Dr. Bob[edit]

Opened March 5, 2007. Closed June 10, 2007.
Closing Cast: Marc Carver, Kathleen Doyle, Deanna Dunmyer, Rachel Harker, Patrick Husted, Robert Krakovski, Katherine Leask, Paul Niebanck, Ted Pejovich, Kay Walbye.


Opened September 26, 2007. Closed May 25, 2008.
Closing Cast: Pedro Capo, Sunilda Caraballo, Grizel Del Valle, Anissa Gathers, Modesto Lacen, Xiomara Laugart, Selenis Leyva, Sekou McMiller, Wilson Mendieta, Elvis Nolasco.

Flamingo Court[edit]

Opened July 31, 2008. Closed September 28, 2008.
Closing Cast: Jamie Farr, Anita Gillette.

Rooms - A Rock Romance[edit]

Previews started February 27, 2009. Opened March 16, 2009. Closed May 10, 2009.
Closing Cast: Leslie Kritzer, Doug Kreeger.
Rooms - A Rock Romance Official Website

Gazillion Bubble Show[edit]

Opened February 15, 2007. Moved to Stage 2 in September 2009.
Current Cast: Fan Yang, Ana Yang, Jano Yang, Melody Yang, or Deni Yang depending on performance.
The Gazillion Bubble Show Official Website

Voca People[edit]

Opened February 16, 2012. Closed September 2, 2012.
Closing Cast: Emily Drennan, Michael Feigenbaum, Tiago Grade, Chelsey Keding, Adi Kozlovsky, Christopher David Lukos, Christine Paterson, Jacob Schneider, Omer Shaish, Bryant Vance.
The Voca People Official Website

Greed: A Musical for Our Times[edit]

Previews: March 19, 2014. Opened: April 4, 2014. Closed: April 19, 2014,
Closing Cast: Julia Burrows, Neal Mayer, Stephanie D'Abrruzo, James Donegan

Blank! The Musical[edit]

Previews started November 1, 2014.
Current Cast: Katie Dufrense, Nicole C. Hastings, Tessa Hersh, Andrew Knox, TJ Mannix, Matthew Von Colton, Douglas Widick

Stage 3[edit]

499 Seats

Mandy Patinkin in Concert[edit]

Opened September 20, 2004. Closed October 28, 2004.
Closing Cast: Mandy Patinkin

Modern Orthodox[edit]

Opened December 6, 2004. Closed May 8, 2005.
Closing Cast: Craig Bierko, Jason Biggs, Jenn Harris, Molly Ringwald, Sarah Chalke, Sandy Rustin, Peter Smith.

A Mother a Daughter and a Gun[edit]

Opened November 1, 2005. Closed November 25, 2007.
Closing Cast: David Bishins, Mario Campanaro, Veanne Cox, Olympia Dukakis, Matthew Greer, Laura Heisler, George S. Irving, Stephanie Kurtzuba, Daniel Pearce, Katrina Ferguson, Neal Lerner, Marilyn Pasekoff.

Burleigh Grime$[edit]

Opened June 13, 2006. Closed June 16, 2006.
Cast: Nancy Anderson, Jason Antoon, James Badge Dale, John Lavelle, Wendie Malick, Mark Moses, Ashley Williams, Kelly Sullivan, Doug Wert.

Mimi LeDuck[edit]

Opened November 6, 2006. Closed December 3, 2006.
Closing Cast: Tom Aldredge, Candy Buckley, Robert DuSold, Allen Fitzpatrick, Annie Golden, Ken Jennings, Eartha Kitt, Marcus Neville, Ron Bagden, Wayne Schroder, Kay Walbye.

Gazillion Bubble Show[edit]

Opened February 15, 2007.
Cast: Fan Yang, Ana Yang or Jano Yang depending on performance.[8]

Avenue Q[edit]

Opened October 9, 2009.
Cast: Anika Larsen, Seth Rettberg, Cullen Titmus, Danielle K. Thomas, Sala Iwamatsu, Nicholas Kohn, Maggie Lakis.

Stage 4[edit]

360 Seats

The Immigrant[edit]

Opened November 4, 2004. Closed November 28, 2004.
Closing Cast: Jacqueline Antaramian, Walter Charles, Adam Heller, Cass Morgan.

Altar Boyz[edit]

Opened March 1, 2005. Closed January 10, 2012.
ClosingCast: Ryan Duncan, David Josefsberg, Andy Karl, Tyler Maynard, Scott Porter, Shadoe Stevens, Kevin Kern, Daniel Torres.
Cast (Replacements): Clyde Alves, Landon Beard, Corey Boardman, Matthew Buckner, Andrew C. Call, Danny Calvert, Jason Celaya, Chad Doreck, James Royce Edwards, Jay Garcia, Zach Hanna, Kyle Dean Massey, Dennis Moench, Ryan J. Ratliff, Nick Sanchez, Eric Schneider, Ryan Strand, Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Jim Daly, Carlos L. Encinias, Joey Khoury, Jesse JP Johnson, Austin Lesch, Mitch Dean, Tim Dolan, Neil Haskell.
Current Cast: Lee Marham, Michael Kadin Craig, Mauricio Perez, Ravi Roth, Travis Nesbitt.

Naked Boys Singing[edit]

Opened at NWS October 16, 2005. Closed January 28, 2012.
Closing Cast: Current Cast Records unavailable.
Naked Boys Singing Official Website

White's Lies[edit]

Opened May 6, 2010. Closed June 13, 2010
Opening Night Cast (Actors): Jimmy Ray Bennett, Betty Buckley, Christy Carlson Romano, Peter Scolari, Rena Strober, Tuc Watkins.

Freckleface Strawberry[edit]

Opened October 1, 2010. Closed April 24, 2011
Opening Night Cast: Jessica Bishop, Andrew Cristi, Linda Gabler, Kimiko Glenn, Joey Haro, Mykal Kilgore, Eric Nelsen, Hayley Podschun, Morgan Smith.

Million Dollar Quartet[edit]

Opened July 28, 2011. Closed June 24, 2012
Opening Night Cast: David Abeles, Eddie Clendening, Lance Guest, Robert Britton Lyons, Victoria Matlock, James Moye, Don Peretz.

Bullet for Adolf[edit]

Opened August 8, 2012. Closed September 9, 2012
Opening Night Cast: Marsha Stephanie Blake, Brandon Coffey, David Coomber, Shamika Cotton, Shannon Garland, Lee Osorio, Tyler Jacob Rollinson, Nick Wyman.

Bare: The Musical[edit]

Previews: November 19, 2012. Opened: December 9, 2012. Closed: February 3, 2013
Closing Cast: Jason Hite, Taylor Trensch, Elizabeth Judd, Barrett Wilbert Weed, Gerard Canonico, Missi Pyle, Jerold E. Solomon, Alice Lee, Sara Kepner, Ariana Groover, Alex Wyse, Justin Gregory Lopez, Michael Tacconi, Casey Garvin, Anthony Festa, Megan Lewis.


Previews: June 24, 2013. Opened: July 18, 2013

Stage 5[edit]

199 Seats

Symphonie Fantastique[edit]

Opened September 16, 2004. Closed January 2, 2005.
Closing Cast: Matthew Acheson, Oliver Dalzell, Sophia Michahelles, Lake Simons, Kevin Taylor, Basil Twist.

Musical of Musicals, the Musical[edit]

Opened February 10, 2005. Closed November 13, 2005.
Closing Cast: Joanne Bogart, Craig Fols, Lovette George, Eric Rockwell, Matt Castle, Anna Winthrop.

Christine Jorgensen Reveals[edit]

Opened December 29, 2005. Closed January 18, 2006.
Closing Cast: Bradford Louryk.

Sidd: A New Musical[edit]

Opened March 15, 2006. Closed March 26, 2006.
Closing Cast: Marie-France Arcilla, Dann Fink, Pamela Jordan, Nicole Lewis, Neil Maffin, Arthur Marks, Gerry McIntyre, Caryl Hughes, John-Andrew Morrison.

How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes[edit]

Opened November 12, 2006. Closed December 31, 2006.
Closing Cast: Stephen Bienskie, Natalie Joy Johnson, Kevin Smith Kirkwood, Anika Larsen, Michael McEachran, Nicole Ruth Snelson, Courtney Balan, Chuck Ragsdale.

Sealed for Freshness[edit]

Opened February 25, 2007. Closed April 29, 2007.
Closing Cast: Patricia Dalen, Jennifer Dorr White, Brian Dykstra, Nancy Hornback, J.J. Van Name, Kate VanDevender, Cynthia Babak, Shawn Cullan, Elizabeth Meadows Rouse.

My First Time[edit]

Opened July 28, 2007.
Closing Cast: Bill Dawes, Josh Heine, Kathy Searle, Cydnee Welburn, Jennifer Miller.

The All-American Sport of Bi-Partisan Bashing[edit]

Opened August 15, 2007. Closed October 14, 2007.
Closing Cast: Will Durst.

Make Me a Song[edit]

Opened November 12, 2007. Closed December 30, 2007.
Closing Cast: Sandy Binion, D.B. Bonds, Adam Heller, Sally Wilfert, Jason Dula, Alysha Umphress.

Pinkalicious, the Musical[edit]

Opened January 13, 2008. Closed September 21, 2008.
Closing Cast: Greg Barresi, Erin Wegner Brooks, Molly Gilman, Mathew Pelliccia, Meg Phillips.

Tim Minchin[edit]

Opened March 5, 2008. Closed April 12, 2008.
Closing Cast: Tim Minchin.

The Castle[edit]

Opened March 30, 2008 Closed May 23, 2009.
Closing Cast: Vilma Ortiz Donovan, Kenneth Harrigan, Angel Ramos, Casimiro Torres.

East 14th[edit]

Opened July 20, 2008. Closed September 6, 2008.
Closing Cast: Don Reed.

What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling[edit]

Opened November 1, 2008. Closed December 28, 2008.
Closing Cast: Peter Bartlett, David Pittu.

Flamingo Court[edit]

Previews started April 18, 2009. Closed July 19, 2009.
Closing Cast: Lucy Martin, Herbert Rubens, Alex Bond, Tibor Feldman.

For Lovers Only[edit]

Opened May 11, 2009. Closed August 3, 2009.
Closing Cast: Glenn Seven Allen, Monica L. Patton, Dominique Plaisant, Trisha Rapier, Kevin Vortmann.

Love Child[edit]

Opened October 31, 2009. Closed January 3, 2010.
Closing Cast: Daniel Jenkins, Robert Stanton.

John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean[edit]

Opened April 1, 2010. Closed September 4, 2011.

Devil Boys from Beyond[edit]

Opened November 13, 2010. Closed December 4, 2010.
Closing Cast: Robert Berliner, Peter Cormican, Chris Dell'Armo, Andy Halliday, Jacques Mitchell, Paul Pecorino, Everett Quinton, Jeff Riberdy.

Freud's Last Session[edit]

Opened October 7, 2011. Closed July 22, 2012.
Closing Cast: Mark H. Dold, Martin Rayner.

Forever Dusty[edit]

Opened November 18, 2012. Closed April 7, 2013.
Closing Cast: Kirsten Holly Smith, Christina Sajous, Coleen Sexton, Sean Patrick Hopkins, Benim Foster, Ashley Betton, Jonathan C. Kaplan

Murder For Two[edit]

Previews: October 23, 2013. Opened: November 6, 2013. Closed: June 29, 2014.
Closing Cast: Jeff Blumenkrantz, Brett Ryback

Stalking the Bogeyman[edit]

Previews: September 12, 2013. Opened: September 29, 2014. Closed: November 9, 2014
Closing Cast: Murphy Guyer, Roxanne Hart, Erik Heger, John Herrera, Roderick Hill, Kate Levy

The Green Room Bar and Lounge[edit]

The current programming the lounge features includes

  • Songs at the New World (Open Mic) on Mondays at 9:30PM.
  • The Sutton Lee Seymour Show every Wednesday at 8:00PM.
  • Project Thursday Karaoke every Thursday at 8:00PM.
  • Movie Night with Marty & Marissa every Friday at 9:00PM.
  • The Whistling Trixie every Saturday at 9:00PM.


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