5 New NYC Musicals You May Love More Than “Moulin Rouge!”

Gitchi gitchi tickets to these must-see shows off-Broadway.

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

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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

Matthew Murphy

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

Jeremy Daniel

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

Matthew Murphy

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

Carol Rosegg

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.

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