About the Lortel Archives


The Lortel Archives, also known as the Internet Off-Broadway Database, provide a catalogue of shows produced Off-Broadway.


For the purposes of The Lortel Archives, Off-Broadway refers to any production that has satisfied the following requirements:

  • Played at a Manhattan theatre with a seating capacity of 100-499
  • Intended to run a closed-ended or open-ended schedule of performances of more than one week
  • Offered itself to critics and general audiences alike

The Lortel Archives reserves the right to include exceptions, which may include, but are not limited to, prolific not-for-profit theatre companies with a history of transfers to Off-Broadway venues, or productions that are categorized as Off-Broadway in other first class sources. Festivals, readings, concerts, and one-night special events are not included.

Errors and Omissions

The Lortel Archives is a constant work in progress. If you have any additional information or corrections regarding any of the production entries please contact us at archives@lortel.org. If available, please send verifying information (for example a scanned Playbill in PDF format). Please note we cannot add a show to the database without knowing the theatre it played and its opening date.

The Lucille Lortel Foundation

The Lortel Archives were developed and funded solely by the Lucille Lortel Foundation, a non-profit foundation established to continue the largess of its founder, Lucille Lortel, in the field of Off-Broadway. For more information about the Lucille Lortel Foundation please visit http://www.lortel.org.