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New York City Theatres on Broadway: A Complete Guide

It’s time to go to the theater and enjoy all the Broadway shows to see right now! This week, we’re focusing on New York City Theatres on Broadway.

In a city as big and bountiful as New York City, there are so many local Broadway theatres near you to choose from that it can be hard to know where to start. Just searching “broadway theatres near me” is overwhelming AF––what’s the difference between one theatre and another? With over 41 Broadway theatres within the New York City area, it’s no wonder you don’t know where to start!

Don’t worry, we’re here to help make your decision easier. We’ve narrowed it down to 10 of our favorite local Broadway theaters in New York City to help you make the most of your New York City Broadway experience.

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Get comfy as we dive into our New York City Theatres on Broadway guide!

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New York City Theatres on Broadway: Lena Horne Theatre (Six)

The Lena Horne Theatre (formally the Brooks Atkinson Theatre) was founded in 1926 as the Mansfield Theater. It has a large number of plays and musicals pass through their stage doors. Some of the shows of note from the early days when they were still called the Mansfield Theater are The Ladder (1926-28), Greener Pastures (1930-31), and the 1947-48 revival of The Cradle will Rock. Later when they became the Brooks Atkinson Theater in 1960 some popular shows included The Deputy (1964), Same Time, Next Year (1975-78), and Noises Off (1984).

 

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The latest show to call the Lena Horne Theater home is the Tony Award winning Six We follow King Henry VIII’s 6 wives as they recounting their lives divorcing, dying (either by beheading or natural causes), and living with this barbaric ruler of England. Originally slated to open on the night that Broadway went dark due to COVID19, the show has finally opened and it has quickly become one of the most popular shows by far this theater season. Additionally, Six took home wins for Best Original Score and Best Costume Design.

This theatre offers all amenities that you would expect to find in any theater. For example, they work tirelessly to ensure that all patrons have a fun, safe, and enjoyable experience. For instance, they encourage the wearing of masks while in the theatre. The Nederlander Organization owns The Brooks Atkinson Theatre, who back in 2000 put the theatre through a redecorating. So, the next time you find yourself in New York, head on over to the Lena Horne Theatre and rock out to six of the most talented women on Broadway and catch Six. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did!

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Take it from this Google reviewer: “Watched Six in this theatre. The mezzanine and center orchestra are the best seats in the theatre. Mezzanine isn’t super high up and good views can be expected.”

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Brooks Atkinson Theatre

256 W 47th St

New York, NY 10036

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New York City Theatres on Broadway: Gershwin Theatre (Wicked)

One of the most popular theaters in New York is the Gershwin Theatre on 51st St. The Gershwin changed history as the first new theatre built on Broadway since the late 1920s. The theatre opened on November 28, 1972 under the moniker Uris. However, the first show to be performed at this now legendary theatre is one that you probably have never heard of before, the space musical Via Galactica. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 1983 that the theatre would be renamed to The Gershwin Theatre. 

 

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As an avid theatre goer and proud thespian myself, The Gershwin Theatre is one of the top destinations on my bucket list. Many great musicals have called this theater home. For example, there’s the revival of Fiddler on the Roof starring Topol as Tevye, to Oklahoma, Riverdance on Broadway, and Singing in the Rain (with real rain), to its latest tenant, the musical that takes their patrons somewhere over the rainbow in the Tony Award winning Wicked

Wicked opened in 2003 with stars of stage and screen Idina Menzel (