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
- 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.
Parking for Lyric Theatre
The closest parking garages for Lyric Theatre are located at:
- Kinney System
- 264 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
- Imperial Parking
- 315 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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.
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.
Disabled Access Notes:
A street level entrance can be found on 42nd Street with access to an elevator that leads to the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. Designated ADA seating sections are available on both of these floors.
Now Playing Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
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.