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The Ford Center For The Performing Arts is located on 42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue
The Ford Center is an amalgam of brand new construction and preservation. The Lyric and Apollo auditoriums are no more, but the facades of one (the Lyric, built in 1903) and the many of the interior elements of the other (the Apollo, built in 1920) have been ingeniously incorporated into a new a structure. The result is a theater that has married the technological benefits of today with the visual amenities of yesterday
Ford Center Background:
No Broadway theatre can compare to the Ford Center for the Performing Arts for its off-stage drama.
Flamboyant Canadian impresario Garth Drabinsky rose to prominence by producing such hits as Phantom of the Opera, Kiss of the Spider Woman and Show Boat. He undertook the project to build a new Broadway theatre through Corporate sponsorships and tax credits in under a year. He tore down the rather beautiful, but aged Apollo and Lyric Theatres in 1998 and built the Ford Center for the Performing Arts specifically to launch his new show Ragtime. With a new theatre and a new name he launched the show in late 1998 but it floundered as Drabinsky was implicated in a financial irregularity that rocked the Broadway world.
Back Seats at the Ford Center:
The Ford Center for the Performing Arts theater is extremely wide and every seat gives an excellent view of the proscenium stage. The best seats are in the rows with the double letters. The Ford has a seating capacity of 1,821 and is usually home to the more gregarious shows on Broadway.
The Ford Center for the Performing Arts is located between Seventh and Eighth Avenues. By Subway:
Take the 1, 2, 3, A, B, or C train to the 42nd Street/Times Square station.
Take the M10 or M104.
This theatre was the home for the 42nd street musical, winner of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival. 42nd Street defined the musical comedy, with its star-is-born story, spectacular design, score of hit standards, remarkable show chorus, and the most-admired ensemble tap dancing ever seen on the Great White Way. Boasting a true Broadway cast, Mark Bramble directed this Broadway production and Randy Skinner choreographed.
This landmark Broadway musical which opened on May 2, 2001 closed on Sunday, January 2, 2005.