The hit stage adaptation of Moulin Rouge! is spectacular indeed, soul sistas, but not all shows need Broadway budgets to seduce a crowd.
Come what may, you can-can catch these other five musicals that recently opened off-Broadway for limited runs.
Bat Out of Hell
Jim Steinman’s Meat Loaf-heavy jukebox kitschfest burns like a Flamin’ Hot Cheeto. Andrew Polec cool-rides as a post-apocalyptic Peter Pan-ish gang leader whose forbidden love incites gay pal Tink’s vengeful jealousy.
New York City Center through September 8.
Broadway Bounty Hunter
Playing a version of herself, Broadway veteran and OINTB star Annie Golden becomes a badass bounty hunter—sure, why not?—in Be More Chill composer Joe Iconis’ zany spoof of ’70s kung fu and blaxploitation flicks.
Greenwich House Theater through August 18.
#DateMe: An OkCupid Experiment
Robyn Lynne Norris’ eye-opening musical comedy, an interactive scripted-improv hybrid, was inspired by that time she created 38 “undateable” dating app profiles. One d-bag got no responses—until she made him gay.
Westside Theatre through October 13.
Rock of Ages
After rocking Broadway for six years and spawning a film version, the ’80s jukebox hair-raiser returns! Led by original star Mitchell Jarvis, this 10th anniversary staging is nothin’ but a good time with a gay twist.
New World Stages through January 12.
Two’s a Crowd
Comedy icon Rita Rudner, still a hoot, co-wrote and headlines this charming trifle about an odd couple forced to share a hotel room on separate Vegas vacations. Supporting characters include a lesbian hotel manager.
59E59 Theaters through August 25.