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Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo Off-Broadway Recently the emcee of the G20 in Osaka, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo comes to Times Square. Called the King of Kimono Comedy, Rakugo is the 400-year-old Japanese traditional art of comic storytelling, currently there are only 800 Rakugo Masters. Hailing from Canada, Sunshine is the only Western Rakugo Master in the world and star of NHK Worldwide, he is hilarious, charming, universally funny and yet so very Japanese. Sunshine is the perfect performer to bridge the gap between the East and the West, in a hilarious style. Critics have raved "A delight, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo is funny and exciting. If you're looking for a good way to laugh and forget your troubles this is the show for you!" and "Funny and delightfully intimate with a feeling of improvisation that makes it easy to love."

With a minimal set, Rakugo features a lone storyteller dressed in kimono, kneeling on a cushion, using only a fan and a hand towel for props, entertains the audience with a comic monologue followed by traditional stories.


Run Type:Limited Run
Previews: September 19, 2019
Closing:January 04, 2020

Running Time:

One hour and 15 minutes, no intermission


Thursdays: 7 p.m.

New World Stages Stage II

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340 West 50th Street
New York,NY10019

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by BWW News Desk - Oct 27, 2017
This November, the SoHo Playhouse will host celebrated comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, as he brings Rakugo (November 16- December 3), the 400 -year-old art of Japanese comic storytelling, to New York City, along with a workshop of the wildly hilarious Guilty Noodle, a new show in the making, a unique, multi-media comic collaboration starring Katsura Sunshine and Katsumi Sakakura (November 7-12).
by Emily Stubbs - Oct 20, 2019
by Stephi Wild - Nov 21, 2019
Celebrated, internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine (whom the New Yorker called a?oe A big, burly, blond with a bellowing rapid-fire style) will continue to bring the Japanese art of Rakugo to New York in Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo. The show opened to rave reviews in September and will continue its run at New World Stages into the new year with new Rakugo stories each month December is Rakugo for the Entire Family featuring: The Zoo (a??c??aoe') about a man who needed the perfect job ; Momotaro (ae??a??e??) the story about how kids say the darndest things and Jugemu (a??e??c??) the boy with the very long name and January leave the kids at home, for rakugo for more mature audiences, the seedier side of rakugo stories. affairs, gambling and drinking with stories such as The Furoshiki Cloth (e??a'?ae??) and Reading Time (e??ae??のae??e-") (Reading Time is an original story by Sunshine's Master, Katsura Bunshi VI).
by BWW News Desk - Nov 16, 2017
This month, the SoHo Playhouse is hosting celebrated comic storyteller, Katsura Sunshine, as he brings Rakugo (runing tonight, November 16, through December 3), the 400-year-old art of Japanese comic storytelling, to New York City.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Nov 15, 2021
The world’s only Western Rakugo Master, Katsura Sunshine, will return to live performances on two continents simultaneously. Beginning on December 12th, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo will play the West End with a year-long residency at the Leicester Square Theater and will return to New York City’s New World Stages on January 27th, 2022.
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 7, 2022
Katsura Sunshine will continue performances of Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo as part of his year-long residency at the Leicester Square Theater.  Sunshine is also preparing to simultaneously return to New York City on March 10, 2022, where the show ran for six months until COVID shut it down.  
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 6, 2022
Due to the recent spike in COVID cases and out of an abundance of caution, Katsura Sunshine’s Rakugo will delay its New York run, originally slated to begin at New World Stages on January 27, will now start performances on Thursday, March 10, 2022. 
by Stephi Wild - Jan 16, 2020
Obie Award-winning playwright and actor Nilaja Sun will perform her acclaimed solo show, Pike St., at Hartford Stage Thursday, January 9, to Sunday, February 2, 2020. Pike St. will be directed by Ron Russell, who also serves as Sound Designer.
by Julie Musbach - Feb 8, 2019
Executive Producers Steven Honigman and Joe Trentacosta in association with Yumi Shinozaki and The Yoshimoto Creative Agency of Japan introduce the internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine to New York City with Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo with a special Valentine's Day weekend special presentation before its full Off-Broadway run this Spring. Four performances only, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo will perform Thursday, February 14 - Sunday, February 17, 2019 at The Royal Family Performing Arts Space (145 West 46 Street, 3rd Floor).
by Stephi Wild - Aug 20, 2019
The Off Broadway Alliance has announced that its hugely popular semi-annual ticket promotion, 20at20, will return from September 3 to September 22, 2019. 20at20 makes $20 tickets available to dozens of Off Broadway shows 20 minutes prior to curtain for 20 days.
by Julie Musbach - Aug 16, 2019
Celebrated, internationally renowned performer Katsura Sunshine will bring the ancient Japanese art of Rakugo to New York in Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo for its official Off-Broadway debut at New World Stages beginning September 19, press and running through January 4, 2020. 

Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo been running on Broadway?
Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo opened at the New World Stages Stage II on Saturday Sep 28, 2019 and has now been running for 3 years.

What theatre is Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo playing on Broadway?
Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo is playing at the New World Stages Stage II, which is located at 340 West 50th Street New York.

What productions of Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo have there been?
Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo has had 1 productions including Off-Broadway which opened in 2019.

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@katsurasunshine 09/03/2022 11:26am

Itadakimasu! @ Newark Liberty International Airport Terminal B Openskies

@katsurasunshine 08/25/2022 10:51am

Back in NYC and show tonight! @ John F. Kennedy International Airport

@katsurasunshine 08/17/2022 12:58am

Thank you to the absolutely beautiful model and television personality Shailee Godsee @shaileegodsey for modeling o…

@katsurasunshine 08/09/2022 10:42am

Montreal #rakugo #落語

@katsurasunshine 08/06/2022 08:34pm

New York #newyork #rakugo #broadway

@katsurasunshine 08/03/2022 11:39am

Brunch… See you soon NYC. YYZ → LGA @ Toronto International Airport Yyz

@katsurasunshine 07/29/2022 08:52pm

It’s been too long…

@katsurasunshine 07/27/2022 08:32am

Back in New York. Maybe still on Lisbon time. Breakfast of champions! @ New World Stages

@katsurasunshine 05/08/2022 03:03pm


@katsurasunshine 03/31/2022 09:06pm

Rakugo and Pizza Monday Night! 月曜日、六本木、落語、ピザ!!!