The Sunday Giveaway: Two tickets to The Other Josh Cohen

Who said the Off-Broadway musical is dead?

Whoever wins this week’s Sunday Giveaway is going to see first class, up-close-and-personal (there ain’t no balcony Off-Broadway) evidence of a fantastically funny and full of heart musical called The Other Josh Cohen, currently running only through November 11th.

While not dead, the commercial Off-Broadway musical is . . . er . . . challenged.  But boy, there is nothing like a terrific Off-Broadway experience, is there?  Imagine seeing Rent Off Broadway, or Spring Awakening . . . or A Chorus Line Off-Broadway!

What was your most memorable Off-Broadway experience?

Comment yours below and you’ll have a chance at winning tickets to The Other Josh Cohen!

(My most memorable Off Broadway experience?  And The World Goes ‘Round.)


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  • Dan Liebman says:

    My most memorable Off-Broadway experience? Cabin in the Sky in, yes, 1963. Several reasons. My Uncle Sam had seen the original — when he talked about it, I thought he was going back to the Dark Ages. But then it opened Off-Broadway and, curiosity getting the better of me, I took my 17-year-old self to see a preview. After Rosetta LeNoire stopped the show with “Taking a Chance on Love,” she came back for an encore. And another. I think there were 15 in all — and the joyous audience just exploded with pure happiness. I left the theatre feeling as high as a kite, then, as I headed home to the Bronx, ran into co-star Ketty Lester on the subway.

  • Silence! the Musical, in that old school on the lower east side. Wunderbar!

  • Ellie says:

    “Now. Here. This.” at the Vineyard theater. Without a doubt one of my favorite shows ever!

  • Liz Wollman says:

    Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, from the first bloody row. At the Public.

  • A. Scott Falk says:

    My most amazing and memorable experience off-Broadway was seeing RENT at NYTW in 1996, just before it moved to Broadway. It was so electrifying, my skin felt like it was on fire.

  • Bryan Austermann says:

    I’ve loved my Off-Broadway experiences. I think topping the list would be Sleep No More and Into the Woods, but those two are sort of in their own categories.

    So my most memorable, more traditional Off-Broadway experience I think would be Milk Like Sugar at Playwrights Horizons. I really enjoyed the show and the performances, but the evening was more special to me because I go to Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU and it was my first time seeing something at “The Mothership”! It was very exciting to know that in the tiniest way, I was (am) connected to this theater company.

    There are so many more though… it’s hard to choose!

  • Bert says:

    Diamonds: The Baseball Musical with the incomparable Chip Zien. Fun music, some interesting sketches, follow the bouncing ball to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and a Diamonds:The Baseball Musical tote bag to take home.

  • Allie says:

    Next to Normal at Second Stage. I had been following the show since it was Feeling Electric, and to see how it had changed and grown since then was incredible. You knew there was something truly special happening in that theater, and all I wanted was for more people to be able to experience it. Well, they eventually got to, and we all know what has happened since. The journey of Next to Normal showed me how the role of the producer really affects and changes the course of a show and inspired me to pursue that and find a project I felt just as passionate about and do for it what David Stone did for Next to Normal.

  • Sue says:

    RENT at NYTW, about 2 weeks after Jonathan Larson’s death. The NYTW Business Manager was my college classmate Esther Cohen, and my last name is Cohen (though I am not related to Esther), and one of the RENT leads is Marc Cohen, and you, Ken, are giving away tickets to The Other Josh Cohen ….

    Anyway, Esther and I are alumna of Dartmouth College, where she singlehandedly set up the still-ongoing NYTW summer workshopping at Dartmouth. I saw RENT that night with our local alumni group. Artistic Director Jim Nicola spoke to us about the show. The company was reeling from the loss of Mr. Larson. I vividly remember the Roger and Mimi scene, “♫♪ Would you light my candle…… Oh the wax. .. .It’s dripping…. I like it between my … fingers…♫♪ ” and with those lyrics I knew that RENT would be HUGE.

    So why was this so memorable? Because with all the connections, I felt like a part of the show. I saw it 6 or 7 times on Broadway (lost count). Perhaps making people feel part of the show or process could sell a lot of tickets.

  • Aaron Deitsch says:

    I have many Off-Broadway experiences to choose from, and I have thoroughly enjoyed most of them. I love the intimacy an Off-Broadway theater provides. My favorite experience has to be when I saw Dogfight at Second Stage. I loved every bit of it. I had seen most of the performers in various other shows, so I knew that I would be in for a real treat. Pasek and Paul are geniuses and I can’t wait to see what else they have up their sleeves. (I also love their show “Edges”). This show is living proof that musical theater will continue to thrive with the new generation of show writers and I can’t wait to be able to brag that I was there from the beginning 🙂

  • Katie says:

    Now. Here. This. I saw the first preview and then went back two days later to see it again since I couldn’t stop thinking about how inspiring it was.

  • Paul Argentini says:

    My most memorable Off-Broadway experience was to see my own play showcased.

  • Brian says:

    There have been many great off broadway experiences but the best was Next Fall. It was an intimate theatre and an intimate show about intimacy. I enjoyed it so much I saw it in previews when it transferred to Broadway. As I was leaving the theatre I heard two people discussing intricate details of the show. It was the author and director. They autographed my playbill and that playbill is one of my most prized possessions.

  • Elaina says:

    My most memorable Off Broadway experience was Tomorrow Morning at York.

  • Anthony says:

    Very hard to pick a favorite. I’ve seen so many great shows Off-Broadway, including Spring Awakening, Carrie, Altar Boyz, [title of show], and Marry Me a Little just last night.

    I would probably say my favorite, however, was In the Heights. I have learned to love everything Lin-Manuel Miranda does. What an amazing talent.

  • Mary Jane Schaefer says:

    Oh, God, does the Duplex count? I was IN a memorable production. It was called “Romeo and. . .” and it was awful. Before the dress rehearsal the woman running the room informed the writer/director that the show was running 15 minutes late and that when his allotted time was up, the lights would go up and everyone shooed out. The dress rehearsal, thus, involved cutting two scenes and eliminating the ending. Memorable? Oy! If we hadn’t put up a schedule of scenes that were left, who was in them, and how they began, who knows how “memorable” the play would have been for the audience? Ken, I know you didn’t mean this kind of memorable. But some experienced are just branded into the soul.

  • John P. says:

    My most memorable Off-Broadway experience was seeing my daughter in “A Christmas Carol” and hearing how Nicole Kidman laughed at one of her scenes.

  • I was an Off Broadway fan from the minute I saw my first Off Broadway Show in 1954. Then, almost thirty years later…..Suddenly Seymour Was Standing Beside Me! I was blown away by “Little Shop of Horrors”! I thought I’d seen the best and the night I saw Little Shop I realized that there was always room for an even greater experience in theater.

  • Emma B says:

    My first and favorite Off-Broadway experience was seeing Dogfight at Second Stage. I loved the intimacy of a small space and I had been looking forward to seeing the show for months in advance. It lived up to all my expectations and surpassed them…not to mention that all the actors were incredibly friendly after the show! Always a plus. I can’t wait to see Pasek and Paul’s next work in A Christmas Story and to see what the actors are up to next.

  • Rick Hinkson says:

    mine was only a few weeks ago: FALLING at the minetta lane. i was SO moved that i could barely speak to Julia Murney after the show without starting to cry again.

  • Cara says:

    My most amazing off-broadway experience was technically not “off-broadway” but more like off off broadway. I was lucky enough to see the first preview of Newsies at PaperMill Playhouse. The FIRST time ever Newsies was preformed in front of an audience ever. It was the most incredible experience of my life. Those boys in the that cast are not only breathtakingly talented and gorgeous, but the kindest most humble performers I have even had the pleasure of seeing and meeting. I went on to see opening night at PaperMill, the first night of Bway previews, the 100th Bway performance and one more for good measure.

    The looks on those boys faces as they received a standing ovation mid act one was overwhelming and made me feel like I was part of their journey. It truly changed my life. After Newsies opened I began taking the bus into the city alone to enter the lottery for tickets. Soon after I was bussing it to see other show and attend other events. A year ago, I would have been crippled by anxiety at just the thought. Once and for all and forever I am a Fansie and proud!

  • Ron Emerick says:

    Not a musical, my most memorable off-Broadway experience was Edward Albee’s “Three Tall Women” with the marvelous Marian Seldes in the lead. The show was thought-provoking and imaginative–a great comeback for Albee.

  • eva says:

    I agree with all the comments and it is hard to choose just one but I’ve got to say Side Man. I saw it first at CSC and followed it and became a groupie of that show.The cast called themselves the Cinderella show and it was.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    One of my most memorable Off-Bway experiences was the musical “The Rothshilds” at Circle In the Square Downtown, on Bleecker Street, starring (if memory serves) Robert Cuccio and Tovah Feldshuh. The show and its songs were great. I was in the second row and it was very exciting and moving. I was pregnant at the time and after the show Tovah Feldshuh stopped to say “When are you due?” She gave me a hug like an aunt. It was a great evening.

  • Ellen Orchid says:

    And Hal Linden was in it too, no?

  • Hubert H says:

    So many but Sleep No More, De La Guarda/Fuerza Bruta and Black Watch. Definitely.

  • Josh says:

    Call me old-fashioned, but my fave off-Broadway experience was seeing The Fantasticks on Sullivan Street in my early 20s. That show in that space was pure NYC magic.

  • Solange De Santis says:

    No one’s mentioned this show, but I really liked Jason Robert Brown’s “The Last Five Years” at the Minetta Lane in 2002, with Sherie Rene Scott and Norbert Leo Butz – nice to see them before their Broadway fame.

  • Steve Horn says:

    While there are many Off-Broadway experiences to choose from, I think that several performances at LCT’s Mitzi Newhouse top them. Off hand, the best of those are Other Desert Cities and A Man of No Importance.

  • Eugene says:

    we enjoyed Venus in Fur off-broadway before it moved. Also, recall a small musical that was so much fun- called something like ‘how to save the world and fall in love in 2 days’

  • Noah P says:

    Tribes at the Barrow Street. One of my favorite plays I’ve ever seen.

  • Marjorie says:

    Peter and the Starcatcher at the New York Theatre Workshop. It’s such a wonderful space for a magical, whimsical play.

  • Ging Suhu says:

    Most memorable Off-Broadway show was/is a true classic, ” The Fantasticks ”
    ” Try to remember … “

  • Kate says:

    Triassic Parq. Funniest off broadway show I saw all season with terrific performances.

  • Rick says:

    I saw “Musical of Musicals” at 59E59 and happily realized a student of mine from my own student-teaching days was in the cast. Her name is Lovette George and she was amazing, as was the show. A great night!

  • Paula says:

    I saw Love, Loss, and What I Wore at the Daryl Roth
    Theater with the very first cast of women. It was
    a treat to mingle with the cast, which included Tyne
    Daly and Rosie O’Donnell, in the very small lobby.
    I went on to see the show three more times with different friends at The Westside Theater. My mother
    sewed my clothes for many years, so I could identify
    with the segment relating to our early years.

  • Fred Gilbert says:

    My most memorable off-broadway experience: SONS OF THE PROPHET- a remarkable show exploring the relationships within a family and between friends and co-workers and the mystical Kahlil Gibran. The play was illuminated by the performance of Santino Fontana.

  • Margaret Rojahn says:

    My first Off-Broadway performance was… well… On Broadway. I’d been following Peter and the Starcatcher at the New York Theater Workshop, because it had two of my favorite actors and a new take on one of my favorite stories. However, because I’m a broke Theater major going to school in PA, I wasn’t able to see the show before it closed. And then they announced the Broadway opening, and I went a week after they opened (and saw David Rossmer, the Narrator Josh in The Other Josh Cohen.)I was the only person in my row who knew much of anything about the show. Of course, then came Tony nominations and awards, and when I saw it a second time people knew all about it. But I still consider it to be the most special show I’ve seen, because of the off-Broadway roots. Someday, I’ll get to see something off-Broadway.

  • EllenFD says:

    A tie between watching a roach or other creature scurry across the floor at that old public school on First Ave. where SILENCE! was playing, and laughing my guts out watching Michael Shannon bang a telephone on a table in total frustration in MISTAKES WERE MADE.

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