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Best Theaters in New York

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Astor Place Theatre

This former Greek Revival-style residential building, combines an intimate atmosphere with some of the best shows off Broadway. It was in January 1968 that this place became operational as a theater and it now has a capacity of 300. Playwrights like Sam Shepard and John Ford Noonan have had their plays premiered at this prestigious venue. The famous Blue Man Group has been performing at Astor Place Theatre for over two decades.

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Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden

One of the major landmarks of New York City, Madison Square Garden's theater evokes sweet memories for visitors to this place. Though primarily known for sporting events, Madison Square Garden (MSG) is favored by lovers of theater as well. Check out the musical concerts at the Theater of MSG. Watch your favorite pugilists fight to the finish as you hang on to the edge of your seat or spend some happy moments with your loved ones while enjoying the family shows. Regardless of what you choose, it's unlikely that you will leave this theater without wanting to come back again.

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New Amsterdam Theatre

Built in 1903, The New Amsterdam Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in New York City. Home to the original Ziegfeld Follies, unfortunately it had fallen into disrepair for a number of years and almost closed forever. During the renovation of Times Square in the early 1990s, it was purchased by Walt Disney Company and fully restored. It reopened in 1997 to house the Tony Award winning show, The Lion King. Tickets are expensive and hard to get, but don't let that discourage you.

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Lyric Theatre

Formerly known as Foxwoods Theatre and the Ford Center for Performing Arts, Lyric Theatre has a long and interesting history. Built by the producer of the highly-acclaimed The Phantom of the Opera, Garth Drabinsky, the Lyric Theatre has struggled a good deal for its survival. It stands where the Apollo Theatre and old Lyric Theatre once stood. A guided tour of this place reveals the majestic beauty and artistic wonder that is absolutely awesome. Nearly 2000 people can enjoy the performances at this award-winning theater.

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Majestic Theater

Like its name, the Majestic Theater is one of the largest theaters in New York (more than 1600 seats) with a long-running reputation for having exceptional plays and musicals. The theater is home to the longest running show in the history of Broadway The Phantom of the Opera which has music by the fabled Andrew Lloyd Webber - this astonishingly popular musical was first performed here in 1988!

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Minskoff Theatre

Minskoff Theatre was established in 1973 and named after the Minskoff brothers who were theater developers. This cultural gem of Theater District has hosted many wonderful productions and unforgettable performances. In recent times, The Lion King is its most highly acclaimed shows, which showcases the best of Broadway talents. Seeing Times Square from its glass lobby will be an experience you are not going to forget for a long time.

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Lyceum Theatre

This 100-year old building is the oldest theater on Broadway, and is considered one of the most beautiful. Built in 1903, its soaring columns and penthouse windows are magnificent. With a seating capacity for 925 people, it is relatively smaller than the other Broadway theaters. However, it has hosted some of the greatest artists from around the globe. Paul Osborn, Whoopi Goldberg and Marc Salem are just a few who have performed here. Past productions include I Am My Own Wife and The Invention Of Love. This is one of the few theaters which offers a listening device to the deaf. Check the website for details of upcoming performances.

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Bernard B. Jacobs Theater

Housed within a historic building, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, opened in 1927, has seen performances ranging from operas to cinema. Two seating levels provide for uninterrupted views of the arena, and the front mezzanine seats are the best in the house. Notable shows have been musicals, such as Grease, in the late 70s and early 80s, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and the Pulitzer Prize winning play Anna in the Tropics. Yesteryear stars like Julie Andrews have been featured here, while contemporary glamor can be found in the likes of Sean 'P Diddy' Combs.

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Palace Theatre

Located in the center of the theater district, the Palace Theater attracts tourists and locals alike. Featured plays that have graced the Palace's historic stage include Fiddler on the Roof, The Woman in White and An American in Paris. The beautiful, European style of the theater adds extra charm to your theater-going experience.

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Eugene O'Neill Theater

This small but classic theater is named after Eugene O'Neill, the great playwright who won the Nobel Prize for literature. The cozy atmosphere serves as a comfortable venue for talents to perform and people to watch. Though the place is a bit small, the place considered ideal for the intimate vibe it offers. This is one of the popular theater destinations in the neighborhood.

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Ambassador Theatre

A uniquely designed theater which offers intimate seating for a little over 1,000 audience members. The Ambassador Theater, in the heart of Broadway, presents the finest in theatrical performances year round. It isn't as grandly beautiful as some of its counterparts but it's another venerable member of New York's illustrious theater tradition.

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Radio City Music Hall

Home to the legendary dance company The Rockettes, Radio City Music Hall is one of the most spectacular and famous performance venues in the United States. Its locale in the heart of the Big Apple has made it a cultural center, particularly during the Christmas season. Originally opened in 1932 and nicknamed "The Palace for the People," Radio City was renovated in 1980. Anybody who is anybody has performed here - New York legends Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis, Jr. are just a few that spring to mind, and to this day, the stage remains a showcase for entertainment royalty.

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