United States Top Theater

 

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Lyceum Theatre
149 West 45th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 0;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/lyceum.asp
The Lyceum Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 149 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan.<br> It has the distinction of being the oldest surviving Broadway venue (along with the New Amsterdam Theatre), the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in New York City, and the first Broadway theatre ever to be granted landmark status. It is one of the few theatres in New York to operate under its original name.<br> The theatre maintains most of its original Beaux-Arts design, including its elaborate marble staircases and undulating marquee. Although it has three levels, it is one of the smallest Broadway theatres in terms of capacity, seating only 950. An apartment located above the orchestra, originally used by Frohman, is now the headquarters of the Shubert Archives. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Shubert Theatre
225 West 44th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 1;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/shubert.asp
The Shubert Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 225 West 44th Street in midtown-Manhattan, New York, United States. <br> Designed by architect Henry B. Herts, it was named after Sam S. Shubert, the oldest of the three brothers of the theatrical producing family. It shares a Venetian Renaissance facade with the adjoining Booth Theatre, which was constructed at the same time, although the two have distinctly different interiors. It opened on October 21, 1913 with a series of Shakespearean plays, including Othello, Hamlet, and The Merchant of Venice, staged by the Forbes-Robertson Repertory Company. <br> The theatre's most famous and longest tenant was A Chorus Line, with a run of 6137 performances lasting nearly fifteen years. <br> The top floor of the building houses the offices of the Shubert Organization. The theatre's auditorium and murals were restored in 1996. It has been designated a New York City landmark. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Hollywood Bowl
2301 North Highland Avenue
Hollywood, CA   90068
900** Los Angeles,
Southwest USA 2;
   
http://www.hollywoodbowl.com/
One of the largest natural amphitheaters in the world, with a current seating capacity of just under 18,000, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic since its official opening in 1922, and, in 1991 gave its name to a resident ensemble that has filled a special niche in the musical life of Southern California, the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
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Theatre Jacksonville
2032 San Marco Boulevard
Jacksonville, FL   32207
Duval County,
Southeast USA 3;
   
http://www.theatrejax.com/
A a volunteer-based community theatre whose mission is to create opportunities for community participation in theatre arts. This mission mandates inclusion and the development of diversity in the Company's artistic, volunteer, audience and donor bases. This goal is achieved through presenting plays and programs of noted artistic excellence, supporting volunteers and students with exceptional training opportunities, and allowing for the development of unique and/or original performance projects and events by Florida artists.
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Palace Theater
Broadway and 47th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 4;
http://www.palacetheaternewyork.com/
The Palace Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 1564 Broadway in midtown-Manhattan.<br> Designed by architects Kirchoff & Rose, the theatre, built by California vaudeville entrepreneur and Broadway impresario Martin Beck, experienced a number of problems before it opened. E. F. Albee, one of the main executives for B. F. Keith and his powerful vaudeville circuit, demanded that Beck turn over three-quarters of the stock in the theatre in order to use acts from the Keith circuit. In addition, Oscar Hammerstein was the only person who could offer Keith acts in that section of Broadway, so Beck paid him off with $225,000. The theatre finally opened on March 24, 1913 with headliner Ed Wynn. To "play the Palace" meant that an entertainer had reached the pinnacle of his career, and it became a popular venue with performers like Sarah Bernhardt, Eddie Cantor, Bob Hope, Fanny Brice, Sophie Tucker, George Jessel, and Jack Benny. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10019
10019 Murray Hill,
Northeast USA 5;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/broadway.asp
Coming up: Rodgers And Hammerstein's Cinderella. Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella is coming to Broadway for the first time ever! Four-time Tony Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane’s (Sister Act, Xanadu) delightfully romantic and hilarious take on the ultimate makeover story features all the classic elements you remember—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists! Rediscover some of Rodgers + Hammerstein's most beloved songs, including “In My Own Little Corner,” “Impossible/It’s Possible” and “Ten Minutes Ago" in this outrageously fun Broadway musical for dreamers of all ages. And not to worry... you'll be home well before the stroke of midnight!<br/> The Broadway Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 1681 Broadway in midtown-Manhattan.<br> Designed by architect Eugene DeRosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day 1924 as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. It was re-named Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a legitimate house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930 . (In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films). The Shuberts bought it in 1939. It was renovated extensively in 1956 and 1986. The large stage (nearly sixty feet deep) and seating capacity (1761) have made it a popular theatre for musicals throughout the years.
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Music Box Teatre
239 West 45th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 6;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/music_box.asp
The Music Box Theater is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 239 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan. <br> The most aptly named theater on Broadway, the intimate Music Box was designed by architect C. Howard Crane and constructed by composer Irving Berlin and producer Sam H. Harris specifically to house Berlin's famed Music Box Revues. It opened in 1921 and hosted a new musical production every year until 1925, when it presented its first play, Cradle Snatchers, starring Humphrey Bogart. The following year, Chicago, the Maurine Dallas Watkins play that served as the basis for the hit musical, opened here. It housed a string of hits for the playwriting team of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, from their first collaboration Once in a Lifetime to their smash hit The Man Who Came to Dinner. Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin also presented shows here. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Ar

Annandale-on-Hudson, NY   12504
Dutchess County,
Northeast USA 7;
http://www.fishercenter.bard.edu/
The Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Bard College offers an architecturally bold and dynamic environment for innovative artistic presentation in the Hudson Valley. Designed by Frank Gehry, the Fisher Center provides audiences with a world-class complex that inspires risk-taking performances and provocative programs in orchestral, chamber, and jazz music and theater, dance, and opera by American and international artists. The Center is also home to Bard College's Theater Program and Dance Program.
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Vineyard Theatre
108 East 15th Street
New York, NY   10003
Greenwich Village+,
Northeast USA 8;
     
http://www.vineyardtheatre.org/
NEW YORK PREMIERE: THE NORTH POOL By RAJIV JOSEPH and Directed by GIOVANNA SARDELLI. FEB 14 - MAR 24. In this riveting psychological thriller, a high school vice principal and a Middle Eastern-born transfer student engage in a politically and emotionally charged game of cat and mouse, with dangerous consequences. A powerful new play from Pulitzer Prize finalist Rajiv Joseph, author of Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, and recipient of The Vineyard’s Paula Vogel Playwriting Award. <br/> Vineyard Theatreis a non-profit theatre company dedicated to new work, bold programming and the support of artists. One of America’s preeminent centers for the creation of new plays and musicals, Vineyard Theatre has consistently premiered provocative, groundbreaking works by both new and established writers.
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Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park
Chicago, IL   61820
Illinois,
Midwest USA 9;
   
http://www.thevirginia.org
Since 1921, The Virginia Theatre has been a landmark in the business district of Champaign, and in the history of the region. For 75 years, the 1525 seat theatre has offered entertainment as a vaudeville house, legitimate theatre, and movie house. After over three decades as a movie house primarily, the Theatre made the return to live performances in May of 1991 with a live theatre/concert called Songs of America. The show sold out and they had to turn away 200 people. This was the first show at the theatre since the theatre was dedicated to films only. In January of 2000, the Champaign Park District joined in the efforts to save this prized landmark. After assuming control of the theatre, the Park District embarked on a massive renovation to bring the facility back to its original glory and in compliance with local safety ordinances. After renovations are complete, the Virginia Theatre will continue its tradition of quality entertainment that was sparked by such legendary performers such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Red Skelton, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields and the Marx Brothers.
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Round House Theatre
4545 East-West Highway
Bethesda, MD   20814
Maryland,
Northeast USA 10;
http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/
One of the largest and most acclaimed professional theatre companies in the metro Washington, DC area, Round House Theatre is led by Producing Artistic Director Blake Robison, who joined the company in June 2005. Based in Montgomery County, Maryland, Round House Theatre produces nearly 200 theatrical performances each season at its 400-seat Bethesda theatre and 150-seat black box theatre in Silver Spring. The company operates an education center in Silver Spring and annually reaches over 40,000 patrons there and across the region with strong educational programs.
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Vivian Beaumont Theater
150 West 65th Street  - (at Lincoln Center)
New York, NY   10023
Upper West Side,
Northeast USA 11;
http://www.lct.org/calendar/venue.cfm?ID_venue=39925988
The Vivian Beaumont Theater is a theater in New York City in the United States. It is located at Lincoln Center, 150 W. 65th Street, on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. It was designed by the renowned Finnish American architect Eero Saarinen. Although it was built for the presentation of plays such as those produced on Broadway, it differs from traditional Broadway theaters because of its amphitheater configuration and thrust stage. The building includes two auditoriums, the 1,080-seat Vivian Beaumont Theater and the 299-seat Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater (called The Forum until 1973). The Beaumont is considered a fairly large theater for dramatic plays and a medium-size theater for musicals. It is New York's only Broadway-class theater (eligible for Tony Awards) that is not located in the Theater District near Times Square. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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St.George Theatre
35 Hyatt Street (2 blocks from the ferry)
Staten Island, NY   10301
Staten Island,
Northeast USA 12;
http://www.stgeorgetheatre.com/
The magnificent St. George Theatre shines once again and serves Staten Island and all of New York. By polishing this treasured jewel, the integrity of its' unique structure will be maintained and a major boost will be given to the revitalization efforts of this North Shore community. It serves as a cultural arts center for a myriad of activities including outreach educational programs, architectural tours, television and film shoots, concerts, comedy, Broadway touring companies, children's shows and many local community events and performances.
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Belasco Theatre
111 West 44th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 13;
http://www.DisneyOnBroadway.com
The Belasco Theatre is a legitmate Broadway theatre located at 111 West 44th Street in midtown-Manhattan.<br> Designed by architect George Keister for impresario David Belasco, the interior featured Tiffany lighting and ceiling panels, rich woodwork and expansive murals, and a ten-room duplex penthouse apartment that Belasco utilized as combination living quarters/office space. <br>Technically it was outfitted with the most advanced stagecraft tools available, including extensive lighting rigs, a hydraulics system, and vast wing and fly space.<br> It opened as the Stuyvesant Theatre on October 16, 1907 with the musical A Grand Army Man with Antoinette Perry. Three years later Belasco attached his own name to the venue. After his death in 1931, it was leased first by actress Katharine Cornell and then playwright Elmer Rice. The Shuberts bought it in 1949 and leased it to NBC for three years before returning it to legitimate use.<br> This theater is the subject of an urban legend that David Belasco's ghost haunts the theater every night. Some performers in the shows that played there have even claimed to have spotted him or other ghosts during performances. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Barrymore Theatre
2090 Atwood Avenue
Madison, WI   53704
Wisconsin,
Midwest USA 14;
   
http://www.barrymorelive.com/
The Barrymore Theatre (originally The Eastwood) was built in 1929 as the third movie theater erected in Madison, Wisconsin. It sustained itself as a neighborhood movie theater until the late 70's. The theater was briefly vacant in the early 80's and was renovated into a live events theatre in 1987. That is when it took up it's present name, and began the transformation into what it is today. <a href="http://www.myspace.com/barrymoretheatre" target="new">Source</a>
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Booth Theatre
222 West 45th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 15;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/booth.asp
The Booth Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 222 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan, New York City.<br> The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first was built by Booth himself in 1869 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.<br> The Booth Theatre appeared in the West Wing episode Posse Comitatus. It hosted a fictitous charity performance of War of the Roses which an equally fictitious President Bartlett attended while pondering the planned assassination of the Quamari Defence Minister. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Barter Theatre
127 West Main Street
Virginia, VA   24210
Virginia,
Northeast USA 16;
http://www.bartertheatre.com
"Our passion can be felt in two unique venues of live performance. From Barter Theatre, able to accommodate 507 patrons, to the more intimate Barter Stage II with 167 seats around a thrust stage...where the action is up-close and personal. Set inside a historical building across the street from Barter Theatre, Barter Stage II is a great place to enjoy a Barter production. Also, located in the lobby at Barter Stage II is The Caf?. You can stop in for lunch or dinner any day, and enjoy delicious specialty sandwiches, desserts, coffees and more! The Player Company, the youth stage of the Barter, produces plays for teachers and students."
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Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 17;
http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/bernard_b_jacobs.asp
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 242 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan.<br> Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it opened as the Royale Theatre on January 11, 1927 with a musical entitled Piggy. John Golden leased and renamed the theatre for himself from 1932 to 1937, when the Shubert Organization assumed ownership and leased the theater to CBS Radio until 1940, when it was restored to its original use and name. On May 9, 2005, it was renamed for longtime Shubert Organization president Bernard B. Jacobs. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org" target="new">Source</a>
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Studio 54
254 West 54th Street  - Theatre District
New York, NY   10036
10036 Times Square,
Northeast USA 18;
 
http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/54/
Now there are more chances to vote for who murdered Edwin Drood! The delightful and rollicking musical smash where the ending is entirely up to you—back on Broadway for the first time since winning the Tony® “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score)—has been extended through March 10, 2013.<br/> Stephanie J. Block (Anything Goes), Will Chase (“Smash”), Tony Award® nominee Gregg Edelman (Wonderful Town), Tony winner Jim Norton (The Seafarer), and Tony winner Chita Rivera (Nine) star in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the delightful musical smash from Tony-winning writer/composer Rupert Holmes (Curtains). Tony nominee Scott Ellis (She Loves Me) directs this show’s first-ever return to Broadway since winning the Tony “Triple Crown” (Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Score)!<br/> Take a trip back in time to a Victorian music hall where a rowdy ensemble of actors mounts a staging of Charles Dickens’ unfinished novel. Everyone on stage is a suspect in the murder of young Edwin Drood, and it’s up to you to choose the killer! Is it John Jasper, Edwin’s protective but slightly maniacal uncle? Rosa Bud, his reluctant betrothed? The debauched Princess Puffer? Each performance ends differently, depending on what the audience decides!<br/> Don’t miss this rollicking play-within-a-musical that The New York Times has called “ingenious.” Come help solve The Mystery of Edwin Drood!
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Center for Performing Arts
661 Route 308
Rhinebeck, NY   12572
Dutchess County,
Northeast USA 19;
http://www.centerforperformingarts.org
The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck (known familiarly as The CENTER, and legally as Rhinebeck Performing Arts, Inc. or RPA) is a non-profit arts organization which offers performances and classes throughout the year. Performing and teaching artists are of local, national and international talent. <br> The Center serves as a regular performance venue for local theater companies including CENTERstage Productions (Death of a Salesman, Cabaret, My Fair Lady) the Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company (The Mikado, A Little Night Music, The Pirates of Penzance), Kids on Stage (Cinderella, The Emperor's New Clothes), Rhinebeck Theater Society (HONK!, The Complete Works of Shakespeare, Abridged, Oliver!), and Up In One Productions (Chicago, Fiddler on the Roof, The Wizard of Oz). The CENTER also hosts appearances by artists such as Jeff Boyer, Brian Bradley, Elaine Colandrea, Alpin Hong, Kitty Jones, Jeff McBride, The Puppet People, Solas an Lae, Tanglewood Marionettes, Pitchfork Militia, Barbara Rankin, and David Temple, to name a few.