Audience Participation, Sometimes Required: 8 Interactive Shows and Activities in NYC
There are many shows in NYC that make you want to get up and out of your seat. At these 8 shows, not only is this encouraged—it might just be required! For the extroverts out there, this may be a good thing; for the introverts this might sound terrifying. Well don’t worry. Whether you’re eager to get up on stage or content to adventure on your own through exciting exhibits and activities, you’ll love these interactive shows and events in NYC.

Discover your inner superhero.


Are you the first one in line for every new superhero movie? Do you wish you could somehow step inside their world? Well, now you can by entering Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. Journey to the secret headquarters and dive deep into S.H.I.E.L.D.’s classified files, studies and experiments to explore the origins of Marvel’s superhero team, the Avengers. In this exhibit, you’ll get unprecedented access to some of their most highly guarded artifacts such as Captain America’s Birth Pod, the Tesseract Portal Device, Loki’s Scepter and more. By the tour’s end, you’ll be itching to suit up yourself.

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Can you escape outer space?


Ground control to Major Tom: your circuit’s dead, is something wrong? You bet it is! In this immersive escape room experience, you and your friends find yourselves locked in a room decked out like a spaceship where you’ll have to work together (and quickly) to avert a tragedy and return to Earth safely. Planet Earth may be blue, but you won’t be after this exhilarating and delightful escape room event.

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Journey down the rabbit hole.

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alice in wonderland
through the looking glass

“Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,” the Red Queen tells Alice in the classic book Alice in Wonderland. Imagine what impossible things you’ll believe in after experiencing this Lewis Carroll–inspired interactive magic show! Venture down the rabbit hole (quite literally) to explore secrets, hidden rooms and more in this dream-like theater/magic show/illusion. It’ll have you exclaiming in the words of Alice herself, “Curiouser and curiouser!”

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A meal, a mob and… a murder?


Dinner and a show is cliche, but what if dinner was the show? In this murder mystery dinner, you’ll join the city’s favorite departed mobsters and try to figure out whodunnit over a delicious three-course dinner. Win prizes, met the best improvers in the biz and try not to get whacked yourself!

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Two truths and a lie.

Are you a human lie detector? Or when you fib, are you left cracking a smile? During Deception Night, you and your friends will meet and chat with strangers in an event hosted by The Nonverbal Group. The catch? Some of these strangers are lying, others are telling the truth. At the end of the night, you’ll guess who the liars in the crowd are and listen to a life-changing talk on the importance of presence, listening and interrogation.

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Crash a weekend wedding.


Anyone who’s ever been in a wedding party knows that a ton of planning goes into this lavish and luxurious affair. Skip all that work and participate in this Off-Broadway production of Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding instead! Interact with the cast in this three-part show while moving locations from a chapel to Times Square to the reception at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar. From the first toast to the last slice of cake, eat, drink and dance like you would at a real wedding.

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Ever wanted to be in an episode of Law and Order? Here’s the next best thing

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walking tour

“Duh, duh!” Anyone who’s ever seen an episode of Law and Order knows that the detectives encounter a seemingly endless amount of cases on New York’s streets. Have you ever wanted to tag along to solve a real, interactive mystery yourself? Now’s your chance to escape reality and solve a sinister plot by spotting clues, suspects and POIs in the Village! You may not get to arrest anyone, but you’ll get the satisfaction of knowing you’d make an excellent detective in your fictional life.

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A decadent night at the circus.

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What do you get when you combine a night of theater, cuisine, circus and nightlife in one place? Why, the Queen of the Night, of course! This is the ultimate live entertainment experience in NYC and you are the guest of honor at this dazzling show, so dress to impress! Opt for exclusive backstage passes or simply enjoy appetizers, personalized table service and an open bar. Sit down for an elegant dinner and watch the impossible come to life.

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