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Broadway Theatre  

The Lyric Theatre On Broadway

Formerly, the Foxwoods Theatre, the Lyric was renamed in 2014.

Lyric Theatre
213 West 42nd Street
New York NY 10036
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The Lyric Theatre is located on the north side of 42nd Street between Broadway and 8th Avenue. There is one entrance into the theatre on 42nd St, but the two exits on 42nd and 43rd Streets are both utilized in order to allow for flow of traffic after performances. The Lyric Theatre is number 33 (marked as the "Hilton Theatre") on The Broadway Map.

The Lyric Theatre is an amalgam of brand new construction and preservation. Both the Lyric and Apollo theatres, which were built adjacent to each other in 1903 and 1920, respectively, were used to create the Lyric. The new theatre has incorporated interior designs of the old ones, such as ceiling domes and side boxes, as well as the handsome facade of the old Lyric.

Lyric Broadway Theatre

Lyric Theatre Background:

No Broadway theatre can compare to the Lyric 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. In 1998, he tore down the beautiful but aged Apollo and Lyric Theatres (both of which spent years as movie houses before closing in the early '90s) and built the Ford Center for the Performing Arts specifically to launch his new musical, the epic Ragtime. The show, which is considered a modern classic by many, had a promising start, but it eventually floundered as Drabinsky was implicated in financial problems that rocked the Broadway world. In January 2005, Clear Channel Entertainment (famous for their run-ins with Howard Stern and their alleged radio and music venue monopolies) and the Hilton Hotels Corporation joined forces to rename the Ford Center to the Hilton Theatre. Then, just a few years later, it was re-named the Foxwoods Theatre, where the first and only production under that name was the aerial spectacular Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, the infamous 65-million dollar musical that stayed in previews for over six months before finally opening. Once again, the theatre was renamed in 2014 after the London-based Ambassador Theatre Group purchased the venue for $60 million. They opted for the historic name of the Lyric Theatre, which the theatre is called today.

Previous Shows at the Lyric Theatre:

In its original incarnation, the site of the present Lyric Theatre was home to two smaller theatres - the Lyric and the Apollo - which showed a variety of plays, musicals, and eventually films. When the two theatres fell into such disrepair that the City of New York decided to tear them down and build a new larger theatre in their place, the new venue was dubbed the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The inaugural production in this new theatre was the spectacular Flaherty and Ahrens musical, Ragtime. The space was subsequently home to a short-lived revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, and then to a revival of the musical 42nd Street, 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 fabulous ensemble tap dancing; the revival ran for three and a half years. In 2005, the theatre was once again completely reconstructed, and the first show in the newly named Hilton Theatre was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Not only did that show close early, but all of the shows in the Hilton era were short-lived; the rest were Hot FeetHow the Grinch Stole Christmas! (intended only for the holiday season), The Pirate Queen, and Young Frankenstein.  After remaining dark for the duration of 2009, the theatre was once again renovated and renamed the Foxwoods Theatre in anticipation of the mega budget musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, which ran until January 2014.

Best Seats at the Lyric Theatre:

The Lyric Theatre is extremely wide and most every seat has a fine view of the stage. Compared to most other Broadway theatres, the seating arrangement is more contemporary in design, but still maintains an old-fashioned class. Specifically, there is a lot of leg room, even in the balcony, which is especially convenient for tall people or those with disabilities. As a result, there is also much more visibility from most all seats to the stage, with fewer issues of heads blocking the sight line. Still, the best seats are in the orchestra section, as the mezzanine seats have a higher chance of head blockage. In any case, the Lyric Theatre has an impressive seating capacity that can be made to fit as many as 1,829 people, making it perfect for big musicals, Furthermore, its modern technical capacity make it ideal for shows that incorporate a multimedia experience.

By subway, take the 1, 2, 3, A or C train to the 42nd Street/Times Square station. By bus, take the M10 or M104.

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Seating Chart at the Lyric Theatre:

Seating chart for the Lyric Broadway Theatre