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New York City's most famed Broadway theaters

27 May 2014 9:59 AM
New York City's most famed Broadway theaters

For centuries, New York City has been considered one of the world's most prominent metropolitan areas, as it is a central hub for international business and boasts a vibrant cultural scene. On any given day in the Big Apple, affluent residents and luxury real estate owners can take pleasure in sampling culinary delicacies at gourmet restaurants, shop for high-end fashion at exclusive boutiques, pamper themselves at upscale spas and take in a show at one of the city's exquisite theaters.

The tradition of live performance is still very much alive and well, as multiple Broadway shows are held daily within New York City's theater district. This form of entertainment enjoys a rich history within the metro area, and many of the opulent theaters that once housed classic productions are still being operated today. If you're interested in experiencing the most popular Broadway shows first-hand, you would be wise to make arrangements to attend one of these celebrated auditoriums. 

Gershwin Theatre - Named for the revered composer George Gershwin - as well as his talented lyricist brother Ira - this theater is among the city's largest. Situated on West 51st Street, this location opened in 1972, and its stage has since seen a multitude of famous actors and performing artists. These days, individuals can enjoy viewing a retrospective exhibition detailing the theater's history in its main lobby. The display includes various props, stage notes and costumes, as well as personal collections of such luminaries as Julie Harris, Carol Channing, Angela Lansbury and Chita Rivera, among many others. Having hosted a number of noteworthy productions, the current show running at the Gershwin Theatre is the award-winning play "Wicked." 

Lyceum Theatre - Built in 1903 by producer/manager David Frohman, this landmark on West 45th Street is considered to be Broadway's oldest continually operating theater. Accordingly, it features refined architecture designed in the Beaux Arts style with fine marble accents. Over the years, this space has been the venue for numerous repertory companies and such critically acclaimed productions as "You Can't Take It With You," "Our Town," "Inherit the Wind" and "I Am My Own Wife." Currently, theater-enthusiasts can purchase tickets to see "The Realistic Jones" starring Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall and Marisa Tomei.

Longacre Theatre - As another one of the city's oldest operating theaters, this stage also boasts a considerable amount of history. Built in 1913 by the storied producer/manager H.H. Frazee, the auditorium was named after Longacre Square - which present-day residents know as Times Square. In its early days, the stage saw such Broadway legends as John Barrymore and Katherine Harris perform in "Kick In," and William Collier in "Leave It to Jane." The 1940s saw the space primarily utilized for radio and television purposes, but in 1953 it reopened as a theatrical venue with "The Ladies of the Corridor," which spotlighted Dorothy Parker's talents. Currently, visitors to the theater can take in a performance of "Of Mice And Men," starring James Franco. 

Palace Theatre - As one of the performance spaces that actually has an address on Broadway, this theater has enjoyed substantial visibility within the local community since it opened in 1913. Long considered the preeminent vaudeville theatre in the country, the stage has seen the likes of Ethel Barrymore, Judy Garland, Harry Belafonte, Harry Houdini, Will Rogers, Jerry Lewis, Bette Midler and Diana Ross. Turned into a legitimate theater in 1965 by the Nederlanders, this venue was again transformed in 1994 in order to house Disney's production of "Beauty and the Beast." Now, boasting 1,740 seats, this space's upscale design helps to bridge the gap between performers and audience members.