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Best Performing Arts 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.

New York, NY, USA
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Joyce Theater

From Merce Cunningham to Alvin Ailey, the Joyce Theater is the center of dance in New York. An old movie house renovated in 1981, this art deco space is a haven for modern and traditional dance, offering a wide array of performers from around the world. Group lectures and seminars are also offered. Tickets are available at the box office or online; call or visit the website for more information.

New York, NY, USA
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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

One of New York City's true gems, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is a world class performing arts center. Located at the edge of the Fort Greene neighborhood of Brooklyn, it offers some of the city's finest concerts and theatrical events. From opera and classical music to African dance and modern theater, the packed schedule offers something for everyone's taste. The complex is also home to Bam Rose Cinemas.

Brooklyn, NY, USA
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The McKittrick Hotel

Built in 1939, the McKittrick Hotel closed down before its opening, owing to the World War II. The well-decorated rooms, antique furniture and lavish interiors were left abandoned. Until, the Punchdrunk production company decided to use this hotel for their innovative theatrical play Sleep No More. Instead of conducting drama on a single stage, at McKittrick Hotel every room has something different to offer; audiences can wander from room to room and be a part the act too. So while you are in town, do visit this hotel and be a part of the conniving and fearful world of Lady Macbeth, witches and other characters.

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Madison Square Garden

A renowned entertainment venue in the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has gained iconic importance around the world. Attracting crowds since 1968, the stadium is abuzz with voices of Knicks and Rangers fans. With a capacity of 18,000, it is considered to be Midtown Manhattan's revered and oldest entertainment spot. From glamorous music concerts to award shows, the venue has witnessed some of the biggest events over time. A sought after venue in New York City and sitting right above Penn Station, it is easily accessible for everyone.

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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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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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