Lyric Theatre

213 West 42nd Street , New York, NY 10036

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: 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.
  • Entrance: There are two entrances to this theatre: 42nd Street, between 7th and 8th Ave and 43rd Street, between 7th and 8th Ave 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.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    Sunday:
    10am - 8pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 1829

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.

Lyric Theatre Seating Chart

Lyric Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for Lyric Theatre

The closest parking garages for Lyric Theatre are located at:

Kinney System
264 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
212-997-5543
Imperial Parking
315 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
212-975-9968

The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

Additional Notes

Broadway theatre bars can usually be a tawdry affair but tucked away in the bowels of the Lyric theatre, there is a special place.

Landlord: Ambassador Theatre Group

Official Ticketer: Ticketmaster

Notes: The Lyric theatre has had many previous names and incarnations including: Ford Center for the Performing Arts, Foxwoods Theatre and Hilton Theatre.

Now Playing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

  • Opened: April 22, 2018
  • Show Closes: Open ended
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new two-part hit play based on the renowned Harry Potter novel and film series. The Harry gang is now all grown up …more Get Discounted Tickets

Previous Shows

Paramour

  • Opened: May 25, 2016
  • Show Closed: April 16, 2017
Paramour is the new Cirque du Soleil show, and the first Cirque du Soleil show that was created with Broadway originally in mind in the original conception of the show. …more

Lord Of the Dance: Dangerous Games

  • Opened: November 10, 2015
  • Show Closed: January 3, 2016
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games comes to Broadway after a sold out run in London. For a limited eight week engagement only, this exciting Irish dance musical will make …more

On The Town

  • Opened: October 16, 2014
  • Show Closed: September 6, 2015
On The Town is the story of three sailors during World War II who are on leave for 24-hours only in New York City. From the Brooklyn Navy Yard to …more

Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark

  • Opened: June 14, 2011
  • Show Closed: January 4, 2014
SpiderMan the musical spins a new take on the web-slinger, with new characters and old faces, until a final confrontation sheds new light on his journey. …more

Lyric Theatre History

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.

Lyric Theatre Design

The Lyric Theatre is an amalgam of brand new construction and preservation. Both the original Lyric and Apollo theatres, which were built adjacent to each other in 1903 and 1920, respectively, were used to create the new 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 on 43rd Street, while the entrance on 42nd Street fails to impress.