What are the best places to see a play in New York City?

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Carol Cain
New Amsterdam Theatre, Carol Cain of GirlGoneTravel.com

1.The Lyceum Theatre is a landmark, stone structure, designed in Beaux-Arts style, on 45th street. It is one of the oldest operating theatres in NYC having first opened its door in 1903. It is one of the rare buildings currently hosting performances that was designed solely for that purpose, yet with seating for only 950 people, it is considered one of the smallest theatres in the area. The Lyceum is the original name, and the theare proudly displays many of its original structures, including the marble staircase and marquee.

2.New Amsterdam Theatre is also a landmark theatre which opened its doors also in 1903 with a production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. It is a brick and stone structure on 42nd street which once was used to stage Ziegfeld's Follies until 1927 before falling prey to the Great Depression. After a few efforts and change of hands, Disney leased the building and staged the theatrical production of The Lion King, before replacing it with it's the current production of Mary Poppins. For many New Yorkers who witnessed the transformation of Times Square to what it is today, it is the marquee of Disney's Lion King which we remember as being the first sign of revitalization of the area. The venue offers theatre goers that opportunity to sign up for group tours, which is the best way to find out all you need to know about the site, as well as admire a lot of the details that might be missed in darker lighting during shows.

3.New Victory Theatre, also on 42nd street, has quickly earned its reputation as the place where children can bring their families for a day or evening at the theatre. It offers incredible, high quality productions and encourage young minds to grow and experience the various layers of performing arts, often through hands-on events and workshops. It is the only New York theatre of its kind. The venue itself was designed by Oscar Hammerstein I, and opened in 1900 as Theatre Republic. It was the first theatre on 42nd street, having once served as a movie theatre, including the showing of pornographic films. It wasn't until the revitalization of Times Square and after an over $11 million restoration in 1995, that the theatre found new life and a new purpose.

Jessica Colley

When people think New York theater, Broadway comes to mind. While this part of the city is packed with beautiful theaters, there are also other fun theater experiences, especially in the summer.

One of the best is Shakespeare in the Park, an annual series where Shakespeare productions are brought to life in the Delacorte Theater in Central Park. Tickets are free to these outdoor productions and often include well-known names who jump at the chance to participate in this beloved summer tradition.

Beyond Broadway, another great area for the arts is Lincoln Center on the Upper West Side. Home to the Metropolitan Opera House, New York City Ballet, and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, this complex offers theater and more—you’ll also find opera, dance, films, and exciting cultural festivals.

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