New York City theaters and their capacity:
Including recaps of the 157 shows I have seen!
Al Hirschfeld – 1,437 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: KINKY BOOTS
- My first show here was CURTAINS in April 2008, with DAVID HYDE PIERCE, who won the 2007 TONY for “best actor in a musical” and DEBRA MONK
- In October 2013 I saw KINKY BOOTS, which won the 2013 TONY for “BEST MUSICAL” with BILLY PORTER, who won the 2013 TONY for “best actor in a musical” – the show won a total of 6 TONY’S and is still playing!
Ambassador – 1,120 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: CHICAGO
- I have only seen one show at this theater, but that is because CHICAGO, which opened in 1996 and won SIX TONY awards in 1997 including “best revival of a musical” has been playing there since 2003. It is a show I have seen several times, and will go see over and over when there is a star in it I want to see on Broadway – Most recently I saw it in February 2018 when KANDI BURRUSS made her Broadway debut at Matron “Mama” Morton.
American Airlines – 740 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: TRAVESTIES (Closes 6/17/18)
- Formerly the Sylwyn Theater (Built 1918), this space was restored by the Roundabout Theater Company in 2000. My first show here was not until May 2016 when I saw LONG DAYS JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (winner of TWO TONYS in 2016) including “best actress”, JESSICA LANGE.
- In October 2016 I saw DIANE LANE who was magnificent in THE CHERRY ORCHARD
- That same season I saw what surprised me as one of my favorite plays – ARTHUR MILLER’S THE PRICE – starring DANNY DEVITO, MARK RUFFALO, TONY SHALHOUB and JESSICA HECHT
- While it was NOT a favorite, it was a treat to see ELIZABETH MCGOVERN on stage in TIME AND THE CONWAYS in September 2017
- I made a special trip to NYC to see JOHN LITHGOW: STORIES BY HEART in February 2018 – which in his self titled show he, well, tells stories by heart – a treat to say the least.
- I saw TRAVESTIES here is June 2018 just before it closed… it was a complex, confusing, and hilarious show. A lot of people left before the second act… I was glad I stayed.
August Wilson – 1,222 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: MEAN GIRLS
- In the spring of 2006 I saw JERSEY BOYS (for the first of many times) and fell in love with the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. It went on to win 4 TONYS including “best musical” in 2006 – and played over 4,500 performances before it closed in January of 2017!
- In May 2017 I was lucky enough to see the short but hilarious run of GROUNDHOG DAY: THE MUSICAL starring ANDY KARL – who was in a knee brace during his performance after being hurt in rehearsals. Although it was nominated for seven TONYS – it did not win anything, and closed suddenly in September of that same year.
- In March 2018 I saw the highly anticipated MEAN GIRLS (My review included in link)
Barrymore – 1,096 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE BANDS VISIT
- My first show here was in October 2008 – and I admit, I went to SPEED-THE-PLOW to see ELIZABETH MOSS (you know, Peggy Olson from Mad Men) who I had loved since she was in Girl, Interrupted.
- I had heard negative reviews about THE PRESENT by the time I saw it in February 2017, but even CATE BLANCHETT can’t make 3 hours and 5 minutes of CHEKHOV go quickly. Surprisingly the third act, which much of the audience did not stay for, was my favorite.
- In May 2017 I saw SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION which was a mediocre story with an all star class including ALLISON JANNEY, JOHN BENJAMIN HICKEY, and COREY HAWKINS.
- In October 2017 I saw KATRINA LENK and TONY SHALHOUB in the much anticipated: THE BANDS VISIT. It is currently running and considered a favorite for the 2018 TONY AWARDS.
Belasco – 1,040 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: GETTIN THE BAND BACK TOGETHER
- My first show here was in June 2008 – PASSING STRANGE – which was amazing and nominated for 7 TONYS, and winning for “best book” but ultimately was lost in the shadow of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s IN THE HEIGHTS. While it only played 165 performances from February to July that year, there have been rumors of a revival. Broadway would be better for it, I hope it happens!
- In March of 2016 I saw BLACKBIRD, which had a limited run from March-June. The troubling and heartbreaking story was brought to life by the amazing JEFF DANIELS and MICHELLE WILLIAMS.
- I didn’t have any desire to see Tennessee William’s THE GLASS MENAGERIE again, but I went to see it in February 2017 for the experience of seeing SALLY FIELD on stage.
- I was not sure what to expect when I went to see MICHAEL MOORE in THE TERMS OF MY SURRENDER in September 2017, but I was more than pleasantly surprised. Not only was this more than a rant – it taught me a lot about Moore’s activist history, and was followed by a Q&A lasting more than an hour after the end of the show.
- In February 2018 I saw MARK RYLANCE in FARINELLI AND THE KING which was a wonderful and historical original play, even though it put me to sleep by no fault of its own… the show is largely Opera and incredibly soothing, if I saw it again, I would opt for the less comfortable seating on the stage.
Booth – 806 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE BOYS IN THE BAND (Closes 8/11/18)
- In July 2008 I went to to see THURGOOD, and for 90 minutes, LAURENCE FISHBURNE was Thurgood Marshall. It was like sitting in a lecture hall listening to him speak, and I was transfixed. The show poster still hangs in my office today.
- In February 2009 I saw THE STORY OF MY LIFE.
- In June 2015 I saw HAND TO GOD which was an irreverent look at childhood and religion. I was on the fence about seeing this play, which was nominated for five TONYS, but did not win any. I am glad I did, but recommend it cautiously as it tours around the country.
- In March 2016 I saw Eugene O’Neill’s HUGHIE. I went knowing I did not love the story, but did not want to miss the opportunity to see FOREST WHITAKER in his Broadway debut.
- In October 2016 I was fortunate to see the remarkable LIEV SCHREIBER in LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSUS which was snubbed for the TONYS but holds a special place in my heart.
- In February 2017 I saw SIGNIFICANT OTHER which was charming and forgettable.
- In November 2017 I saw METEOR SHOWER which was silly and ridiculous and had me laughing for the entire play. This is not surprising, as the talents of AMY SCHUMER and KEEGAN-MICHAEL KEY were perfectly utilized by Playwright and comedian STEVE MARTIN.
- My first show of the 2018-2019 Tony Season was THE BOYS IN THE BAND. This show is a limited engagement, and early in the season, but incredibly well received, we will see if it can stay in the voters memory!
Broadhurst – 1,218 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ANASTASIA
- I am still recovering from seeing EQUUS in October 2008 – not as much because of the story, as I am from seeing Harry Potter (I mean Daniel Radcliffe) naked in a way too long scene.
- I am not a big fan of movie adaptations, but the October 2015 production of MISERY was made by the acting prowess of LAURIE METCALF – BRUCE WILLIS was not bad either.
- In May 2016 I saw a charming production of TUCK EVERLASTING.
- In October 2016 I saw the star studded revival of THE FRONT PAGE which was ok, but seeing NATHAN LANE and JOHN SLATTERY was worth my time.
- In May 2017 I saw ANASTASIA and was amazed by the beauty of this adaptation. It is not just for fans of the childhood movie, it is a stunning love story for musical fans of all ages. A year later it is still running, and a must see while in NYC.
Broadway – 1,761 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ROCTOPIA (Closing 4/29/18)
- In February 2009 I was shocked by the story and well placed humor in SHREK THE MUSICAL. It ran for over a year, and won the TONY for “best costume design”.
- In June 2013 I was again surprised by CINDERELLA – however my delight came because it did not follow the Disney storyline, which seemed to disappoint some of the little girls who had arrived in costume. It did win the tony for “best costume design”.
- In March 2016 I saw the revival of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and was struck with how this classic story spoke to contemporary issues.
- I cannot get over how much I LOVED ROCTOPIA…. I got a SUPER CHEAP ticket, and still… I almost skipped it… what a mistake that would have been! If this tours near you – GO – I would go again in a heartbeat!
Brooks Atkinson – 1,109 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE WAITRESS
- My first trip to this theater was in July 2007 when I traveled to see GREASE after watching the reality show for its casting: YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT! and adored the female winner: Laura Osnes.
- In May 2015 I saw IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU, starring TYNE DALY.
- In October 2015 I saw the first revival of a musical that I had seen the original of: SPRING AWAKENING. Marlee Matlin led the remake which utilized a deaf cast and singers to take this story of sexual awakening to a new level.
- One of my favorite movies made an adorable musical in May 2016 when THE WAITRESS hit Broadway! Originally starring JESSE MILLER who had just won the TONY for BEAUTIFUL.
Circle in the Square – 776 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ONCE ON THIS ISLAND
- My first visit to this theater was in October 2007 for THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE, which ran for three years and won two TONYS in 2005.
- In May 2009 I was at the theater three nights in a row to see THE NORMAN CONQUESTS – a TRILOGY play in which the audience saw the same story from three different perspectives. To this day, it was one of my favorite Broadway experiences.
- In April 2015 I went to FUN HOME – unaware of the emotional journey I was about to take. MICHAEL CERVERIS was fantastic, and I was not surprised when it won five TONYS a few weeks later, including “best musical”.
- In November 2016 I saw IN TRANSIT which was cute and a reflection of the NYC SUBWAY experiences everyone who has spent their life in the city knows all too well.
- In December 2017 I saw ONCE ON THIS ISLAND, and thought BEFORE the musical started that it might be a favorite for this years TONYS. It was an immersive experience in island life intertwined with important discussions about privilege and class.
Cort – 1,102 Seats – DARK
- My first visit was in October 2008 for Alfred Hitchcock’s THE 39 STEPS, which won two TONYS in 2008. In the two years this show was on Broadway, it called three different theaters home… starting in American Airlines, in the Cort where I saw it, and finally in the Helen Hayes where it closed in 2010.
- In February 2009 I saw YOU’RE WELCOME AMERICA: A FINAL NIGHT WITH GEORGE W. BUSH starring WILL FERRELL. At the time is seemed edgy, now if feels nostalgic. I wonder if Alec Baldwin will do something similar in the future.
- In June 2015 I saw JASON ALEXANDER in Larry David’s FISH IN THE DARK which was as funny as you would imagine it would be.
- In October 2015 I saw MATTHEW BRODERICK in SYLVIA – which was nostalgic for me since he was the first actor I saw on Broadway (see the LONGACRE theater reviews). However, my favorite part of this play was preformed by ANNALEIGH ASHFORD who was a dog, with no lines, who communicated a brilliant nonverbal performance.
- In May 2016 I saw BRIGHT STAR which was – if you took HAMILTON out of the running – my favorite musical of the season (it had five nominations, but most were up against this unbeatable power). I bought the soundtrack, I went three times (the second of which Steve Martin was there live playing the banjo when the curtain came up at intermission!), and I recommended it to dozens of people, all of whom loved it. I hope we see this one again.
- In May 2017 this theater was once again home to one of my season favorites, INDECENT, which won two TONY awards. It told a powerful and important story about censorship and freedom, as relevant now as it was in its setting of 1923.
- IN October 2017 I saw M. BUTTERFLY which was simply stunning. A story about a story. CLIVE OWEN starred in this short run which may get some attention when TONY nominations come out this May.
Eugene O’Neil – 1,108 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE BOOK OF MORMAN
- The original production of SPRING AWAKENING in JULY 2006 was my formal introduction to Lea Michele. It was a groundbreaking look at sexual awakening that earned EIGHT TONY awards in 2007 including BEST MUSICAL.
- I saw the earth-shaking THE BOOK OF MORMON in March 2011 starring ANDREW RANNELLS, which won NINE TONY awards including BEST MUSICAL and is still selling out after over 3,000 shows.
Gerald Schoenfeld – 1,093 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: COME FROM AWAY
- In August 2008, just before it closed again, I saw the remake of the 1975 TONY award winning A CHORUS LINE.
- In May of 2016 I saw AMERICAN PSYCHO – THE MUSICAL which was strange and amazing, and probably better because I saw it during FLEET WEEK surrounded by about 1000 sailors.
- Every now and then there is a musical that changes you – such was the case in February 2017 when I saw COME FROM AWAY – the story of the impact on an island of stranded passengers from 9/11. It is still playing, and touring – you should see this as soon as you can.
Gershwin – 1,935 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: WICKED
- If you want to go to this theater, maybe forever, you need to want to see WICKED – which has had over 6.000 performances since it opened in 2003 with no end in site.
Golden – 805 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THREE TALL WOMEN (6/24/18)
- I saw it at least a dozen times, between 2003 and 2009, but AVENUE Q which won three TONYS including “best musical” in 2004 is a Broadway classic. If you missed it, don’t worry – you can still see it off-broadway at the New World Stages where it has been playing since 2009.
- In June 2013 I saw VANYA and SONIA and MASHA and SPIKE – starring Sigourney Weaver and David Hyde Pierce. This hilarious romp through make-believe won the TONY for “best play” in 2013.
- The untouchable force of JAMES EARL JONES and CICELY TYSON came together in THE GIN GAME (October 2015) which explored the fragile realism of the end of aging.
- In May 2016 when I had the opportunity to see LUPITA NYONG’O in ECLIPSED I bought a front row seat so I could be close to her powerful presence. I was not let down. The play had six TONY nominations, and won for “best costume design”.
- In OCTOBER 2016 I slept through most of THE ENCOUNTER which was billed as an immersive experience, which worked, if what I was supposed to be immersed in was sleep.
- In MAY 2017 I saw A DOLL’S HOUSE PART 2 which picked up where A DOLLS HOUSE left off in 1879. The remarkable LAURIE METCALF took home the TONY for best actress in a play a few weeks later.
- In MARCH 2018 I was back to see LAURIE METCALF again, in THREE TALL WOMEN, a sad surprise that should get Ms. Metcalf and her costar Glenda Jackson some TONY attention.
Hayes – 597 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: LOBBY HERO (Closes 5/13/18)
- The two pack of eye candy: Kerry Butler and Cheyenne Jackson starred in XANADU in May 2008. It wasn’t all fluff however, receiving six nominations and winning the TONY for best book.
- In March 2016 an all star cast opened THE HUMANS – drawing the audience into a woven story of family tension, and winning several TONYS including “best play” in 2016.
- In March 2018 I saw the first show in the newly renovated theater… LOBBY HERO did not disappoint! (full review)
Hudson – 970 Seats – DARK
- The theater recently reopened, and in September 2017 I saw 1984 , its second production and a Broadway debut for actress OLIVIA WILDE who, while certainly entitled to a TONY nomination, will not see one. The show was declared ineligible by the committee after a controversy surrounding one of the critics being denied entry into the theater.
- In December 2017 the much anticipated play THE PARISIAN WOMAN gave another Broadway debut to UMA THURMAN who performed alongside JOSH LUCAS and Hamilton’s PHILLIPA SOO. Set in current political issues, the critics were critical, but the audiences have been receptive.
Imperial – 1,435 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: CAROUSEL (Closes 9/2/18)
- I didn’t see a show here until November 2016 – but NATASHA, PIERRE and THE GREAT COMET of 1812 starring JOSH GROBAN and the winner of two TONYS was worth the wait!
- I did not have to wait long to come back, as CAROUSEL opened in March of 2018! (Full review included)
Jacobs – 1,101 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE ICEMAN COMETH (Closes 7/1/18)
- In May 2008 I saw THE COUNTRY GIRL starring Morgan Freeman and FRANCES MCDORMAND – and while the play was not earth-shattering, listening to these two was two hours well spent.
- I saw IT’S ONLY A PLAY in April 2015 when it made the move from the Schoenfield, but was still featuring F. MURRY ABRAHAM and MATTHEW BRODRICK and STOCKARD CHANNING and NATHAN LANE — It was my redemption for missing the original cast of the Producers.
- In May 2016 the powerhouse THE COLOR PURPLE was bringing down the house and preparing to win the TONY for “best revival of a musical” and introduced many powerhouse performers to the world including CYNTHIA ERIVO who won the TONY for “best actress in a musical”.
- This was not one of the best musicals of the season, but the choreography in BANDSTAND (May 2017) was unbelievable (and won the TONY for it), plus I got to see LAURA OSNES on stage again – her voice has only improved since I fell in love with her in GREASE 10 years prior.
- Just after the June 2018 Tony’s I saw THE ICEMAN COMETH. Denzel Washington did not win for the lead actor nomination, and to be honest, I thought he was more of a featured actor… the rest of the cast carried this amazing adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s classic play.
Longacre – 1,095 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: A BRONX TALE – THE MUSICAL
- In April of 2000, I went to my first ever Broadway Play. It was an impromptu trip, and the theater was attached to the Best Western where I was staying – the front desk offered half price tickets to the current production: TALLER THAN A DWARF. I have thought about this moment so many times over the years. MATTHEW BRODERICK and PARKER POSEY were familiar faces from the movies, and it woke a desire in me to spend more time in this city I have grown to love more and more over the past two decades. I have seen so many great productions since, but charming story (which only played 54 performances before closing) of love and struggle in the new millennium will always be my first.
- In October 2008 I saw BOEING BOEING – which went on to win the TONY for “Best Revival of a Play” – starring CHRISTINE BARANSKI and BRADLEY WHITFORD and MARK RYLANCE who won the TONY for “best actor”
- In September 2013 I saw FIRST DATE which did not have big name star-power or win any awards but it was adorable and I enjoyed it.
- In October 2015 I was humbled by ALLEGIANCE – which starred GEORGE TAKEI and centered around the story of his childhood – reflecting on how we treat others that we fear.
- There has been some discussion surrounding A BRONX TAKE: THE NEW MUSICAL – (Nov 2016) which feels to be a less serious take on the play of the same name – however it is worth seeing, if only just for the kid who tap-dances before the intermission.
Lunt Fontanne – 1,509 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: SUMMER – THE DONNA SUMMER MUSICAL
- In November 2006 I took my daughter here to see her first Broadway show: BEAUTY AND THE BEAST… She was nine, and didn’t understand why all the “moms” were going crazy for the bad guy, Gaston, who was currently being played by DONNY OSMOND. It closed in 2007 after over 13 years; 5,261 performances.
- In June of 2015 I saw FINDING NEVERLAND and was SHOCKED at how much I loved this performance. MATTHEW MORRISON was more than I dreamed he would be on stage, and KELSEY GRAMMER was a wonderful Captain James Hook (and he even managed to get a subtle CHEERS line in for the elders of us in the crowd).
- Full disclosure, I have never been a huge CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY fan, so when I saw the musical was coming, I was not first in line for tickets. HOWEVER – when I found out that Willy Wonka would be played by CHRISTIAN BORLE – I changed my tune, and finally saw it in September 2017. I am glad I did. Even though it got snubbed by the TONYS – the numbers were solid and I enjoyed every minute of it.
- What a fun experience seeing SUMMER: The Donna Summer Musical here in April 2018. It was not the BEST, but it was fun… and watching the audience get into it was incredibly entertaining. They encouraged singing along, so if that is not your thing, be warned!
Lyceum – 943 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG
- In July 2008 I saw TITLE OF SHOW – and ten years later, I still listen to the soundtrack…. often.
- In June 2009 I saw REASONS TO BE PRETTY – which received three TONY nominations… I couldn’t remember one thing about it, however, when I read the synopsis it sounded fascinating so maybe someone will remake it and let me see it again.
- In October 2014 I saw DISGRACED – a new play by new playwright AYAD AKTAR (who later wrote JUNK) – this story of race and identity, truth and bias had me riveted, and I will eagerly await what he does next.
- In May 2015 I saw THE VISIT which was – strange. But it was worth it to see CHITA RIVERA, the original ANITA from West Side Story in 1957, dance on stage.
- In May 2016 I saw JESSE TYLER FERGUSON in FULLY COMMITTED. It was as silly as I thought it would be, it didn’t disappoint.
- I don’t know that I have EVER laughed as hard as I did when I saw Nick Kroll and John Mulaney in OH, HELLO ON BROADWAY in November 2016. Unfortunately it didn’t translate to the same level of hilarity when I watched it on the Netflix special. Sometimes, it pays to see it live.
- I don’t know why it took me so long to see THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG – but boy am I glad I got there in June 2018 before this closed! Now the longest running play on Broadway – this show is funny before it even starts, with members of the cast wandering around the audience interacting before the curtain rises… if you can catch this before it closes in August, or on a national tour, do not hesitate!
Lyric – 1,829 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD
- In May 2015 I finally made it here to see ON THE TOWN. The theater had not had a long running show in some time, but this summer, that is likely to change.
- In June 2018 I was able to see my second show, and technically my third show here: the TWO PART – HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD – winner of Tony Award for BEST PLAY in 2018! The remodel of this theater is stunning, and this play is likely to be here for a long time.
Majestic – 1,609 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: PHANTOM OF THE OPERA
- If you have been to this theater you have probably seen PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, which has been playing here for a record breaking 30 years… winning the TONY for BEST MUSICAL in 1888 – and having performed over 12,500 shows.
Marquis – 1,615 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE
- In June 2008 I saw CRY BABY – A fun romp through social stratification, self-defined as “the conservatives vs. the delinquents”. Reading the description again made me want to read the book.
- In May 2016 I saw ON YOUR FEET! The story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. The audience was indeed on their feet, and my Florida heart was warmed by this connection to home, and story of survival.
- My big trip of the spring in March 2018 started with ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE – a feel good experience! (my review included in link)
Minskoff – 1,710 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: THE LION KING
- This theater is now the home of THE LION KING – playing on Broadway since 1997 and winning best musical in 1998 with almost 9,000 shows. Have you seen it yet?
Music Box – 1,025 – Seats – CURRENT SHOW: DEAR EVAN HANSON
- In July 2007 I saw DEUCE here, which was a cute story made cuter by ANGELA LANDBURY
- In February 2009 I saw AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY here, after its 2008 TONY win for “Best Play” and the move from the Imperial Theater
- I bought my November 14, 2016 ticket for opening night of DEAR EVAN HANSEN while standing in line to see HAMILTON…. I said when I paid for the ticket… this will be the TONY winner next year, and I was right. BEN PLATT led the cast to NINE nominations and SIX wins at the 2017 TONYS. It is a visually stunning and important musical that needs to be seen.
Nederlander – 1,232 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: PRETTY WOMAN THE MUSICAL
- In May of 2008 I finally made it here to see RENT just months before it closed. It had been playing for twelve years, and won BEST MUSICAL in 1996, performing over 5000 shows at this theater. I am so glad I finally saw it on Broadway, even if I did miss out on the young Taye Diggs.
- What a treat to see PATTI LUPONE and CHRISTINE EBERSOLE in WARPAINT in April of 2017. It closed early due to Ms. Lupones health, who has said this may have been her last performance on Broadway.
Neil Simon – 1,428 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ANGELS IN AMERICA (Closes 6/30/18)
- In July 2011 I saw CATCH ME IF YOU CAN – the stage adaptation of the Paramount Pictures film.
- In October 2014 (on Halloween night) I saw one of the best musicals I have ever seen, however it could not catch traction on Broadway. THE LAST SHIP – book and music by STING was breathtaking. I think people wanted it to be an adaptation of his existing music, not original work. The world missed out on this one, it was beautiful.
- I never saw CATS when it was open for eight years from 1982-2000, but I saw it when it reopened in September 2016. It was as horrible as everyone told me it would be.
- The theater redeemed itself with the MARCH 2018 with an amazing production of ANGLES IN AMERICA: Set in two parts, almost 8 hours long, and worth every minute! (full review included)
New Amsterdam – 1,801 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: ALADDIN
- In November 2007 I saw MARY POPPINS – which was my favorite Disney production to date. Prior to this, it was home to The Lion King for ten years.
- In May 2014 I came back and saw ALADDIN – which replaced Mary Poppins as my favorite Disney Production.
Palace – 1,743 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS
- In June 2008 I saw LEGALLY BLONDE: THE MUSICAL – an adaptation of the movie, starring LAURA BELL BUNDY and my FAAAAVE, CHRISTIAN BORLE. Right after my trip I watched the reality show LEGALLY BLOND: THE SEARCH FOR THE NEXT ELLE WOODS on TV. I admit that I still have the soundtrack on my running playlist…
- In July 2013 I took my daughter to ANNIE, a throwback to my youth and a new memory in hers. The theater was packed with mother/daughter duos. It played for almost two years before it closed in 2014, but I suspect this is not the last time we will see this iconic story on the great white way.
- In February 2017 I suffered through the revival of SUNSET BLVD. A miscast GLENN CLOSE couldn’t make this work and it closed in four months.
- I shouldn’t admit how much fun I had in November 2017 when I went to the Broadway adaptation of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS but it was a spectacle worth seeing. The book was infused with social commentary, and the kids were having a blast. The score was a who’s who of composers… this will get some TONY nods.
Richard Rodgers – 1,380 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: HAMILTON
- In October of 2008 I saw that years TONY winning BEST MUSICAL – IN THE HEIGHTS – and started my love affair with LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA. This was his first original concept on Broadway and I knew we would see him again. I saw this musical FIVE TIMES, and dream of a revival.
- In October of 2013 I saw a beautiful rendition of ROMEO AND JULIET here with ORLANDO BLOOM as Romeo (his Broadway debut), and CONDOLA RASHAD as Juliet.
- In October 2014 I sat in awe as the voice of IDINA MENZEL blew me away in IF/THEN
- However it was MAY 2016 that I eagerly awaited…. I had bought tickets to HAMILTON the day they went on sale. I flew to New York, and turned down CRAZY amounts of cash to sell them to people on the street begging to get in, but I never regretted saying no. I knew they would win, and I knew the original cast (Including LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA)- who had been performing tirelessly – would leave shortly after. I was more right than I knew. In June 2016 HAMILTON took home a record ELEVEN TONY AWARDS… and cemented itself in Broadway history. I was able to see it two more times… I quote it A LOT when I am teaching, and have it memorized beginning to end. This is not hard to do, as there are only two short lines that are not on the soundtrack. Although it has opened permanently in multiple cities, and is traveling across the country, there is no end in sight for this phenomenon.
Samuel J. Friedman – 650 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: SAINT JOAN (Closes 6/10/18)
- In October 2008 I saw TO BE OR NOT TO BE – which made no memorable impact on me, and was open for only one month.
- In June 2013 I saw THE ASSEMBLED PARTIES – starring JUDITH LIGHT who won the TONY for “best featured actress in a play”.
- In October 2014 I saw a surprisingly charming play: THE COUNTRY HOUSE – starring BLYTHE DANNER
- One of my favorites not just of the year, but of all time, THE FATHER (May 2016) starred FRANK LANGELLA who won the TONY for best actor. I hope this story is told again, and I hope the actor can fill the enormous shoes carved out by Mr. Langella.
- The fact that HEISENBERG (November 2016) did not get more attention during this TONY season speaks to how strong the original plays were. DENIS ARNDT (nominated) and Mary-Louise Parker were both powerful and memorable.
- In February 2017 I saw JITNEY – an important work by AUGUST WILSON and part of THE AMERICAN CENTURY CYCLE that “explore the heritage and experience of the descendants of Africans brought to North America, decade-by-decade” (from the playbill). Jitney received six nominations and won the TONY for “best revival of a play”.
- In September 2017 I saw PRINCE OF BROADWAY, which was a stroll down memory lane with Broadway Royalty: Harold Prince.
- ST. JOAN brought me back to this theater in April 2018 – and it was a strange, funny, serious, confusing, troubling, feel good evening.
Schubert – 1,460 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: HELLO DOLLY
- It took me until June 2008 to see SPAMALOT, which had won the TONY in 2005 for BEST MUSICAL – but I saw it several nights in a row, it was just THAT GOOD.
- In December of 2017 I was lucky enough to see HELLO, DOLLY – The TONY winner for best Musical Revival – before BETTE MIDLER and DAVID HYDE PIERCE left the production the next month. However, I may go see it with their replacements: Bernadette Peters and Victor Garbor.
St. James – 1,710 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: FROZEN
- I saw THE PRODUCERS in May 2016, five years into its run after winning TWELVE TONYS in 2001, including “outstanding musical”. It closed in 2007 after 2,500 performances, but since a decade has passed, I wonder when we will see this one again.
- In October 2008 I saw GYPSY – the first time I saw PATTY LUPONE, who won the TONY for best actress.
- In August 2011 I saw the return engagement of HAIR which exploration of the sexual revolution won the “best revival of a musical” in 2009. I was brought up on stage to dance at the end of this production – a moment I will never forget!
- In June 2015 I saw the surprise sensation SOMETHING ROTTEN! Starring BRIAN D’ARCY JAMES, CHRISTIAN BORLE, (who won the TONY) and JOHN CARIANI. It had almost a two year run.
Stephen Sondheim – 950 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL.
- It took me until June 2015 to make it to BEAUTIFUL: THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL. It was however, worth the wait, and I bought the cast album at the intermission. The show clearly displayed the talents of JESSIE MUELLER, who went on to the WAITRESS and will be in the upcoming, CAROUSEL.
Studio 54 – 922 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD (9/9/18)
- In November 2007 I saw THE RITZ. I don’t remember much about it, but it was open for less than two months, so not many people do.
- In June 2008 I saw SUNDAY IN THE PARK WITH GEORGE.
- In January 2009 I saw PAL JOEY – starring STOCKARD CHANNING – and at the time I thought it was a big deal being at the same NYC Theater three years in a row.
- In June 2015 I made a trip to NYC specifically to see AN ACT OF GOD starring JIM PARSONS. It was everything I wanted it to be an I am anxious to see him perform again soon.
- In November 2015 I saw the beautiful TONY nominated production THERESE RAQUIN which was the Broadway debut for KEIRA KNIGHTLEY and starring JUDITH LIGHT.
- In March 2016 I was thrilled to see LAURA BENANTI (before she started playing Melania Trump) in SHE LOVES ME – highly nominated (with one win) in the 2016 TONYS.
- When I saw HOLIDAY INN in October of 2016 I had no idea how much I would LOVE this adaptation of an Irving Berlin classic. This did not get the attention it deserved, and I hope it makes a revival down the road!
- In MAY 2017 I went to SWEAT which got caught up in a very competitive TONY season for original plays. JOHANNA DAY was magnificent in her performance of struggle and survival.
- In October 2017 I went to John Leguizamo’s play which was really a lecture on immigration and culture: LATIN HISTORY FOR MORONS. In this political climate, it was well received and importantly uncomfortable.
- April 2018 – CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD – I loved this, it was stunning, that said… Studio 54 needs to rethink accessibility…. more on this later.
Vivian Beaumont – 1,105 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: MY FAIR LADY (9/2/18)
- In June 2013 I sat in awe as HOLLAND TAYLOR told the story of Texas Governor Ann Richards in its aptly titled production: ANN. I think this play was a few years before its time, as the discussion of women in politics is more infused in our consciousness than it has ever been before. This is an important story that deserves to be told again.
- In May 2017 I watched the beautiful production of OSLO which went on to win TONY for “best play” just a month later. This historical but untold true story of negotiations between Israel and the PLO has been now cited in the possible negotiations between the USA and North Korea.
- In November 2017 I saw JUNK, another play reflecting on lessons not learned in our economic history. A highly anticipated project from playwright AYAD AKHTAR may get some TONY attention.
- In April 2018 I saw MY FAIR LADY – Featuring LAUREN AMBROSE (and if you are like me you will say “Hey, it is the daughter from SIX FEET UNDER… Man can she sing!”
Walter Kerr – 947 Seats – DARK
- In June 2008 I was A CATERED AFFAIR. Another show I don’t remember a lot about, but remember liking at the time; including seeing TOM WOPAT and of course, HARVY FIERSTEIN.
- In October 2014 I saw A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER which had won the TONY for best musical (seeing them both late, I think this should have gone to BEAUTIFUL)
- In November 2016 I went to the remake of FALSETTOS which was a horrible production with an incredible cast, including my two favorites, CHRISTIAN BORLE AND ANDREW RANNELLS
- In April 2017 I went to AMELIE – which I thought was charming, but I was admittedly obsessed with PHILLIPA SOO who had recently left HAMILTON – Also, I never saw the movie… fans of the movie did not seem to like this musical adaptation.
Winter Garden – 1,498 Seats – CURRENT SHOW: SCHOOL OF ROCK
- In May 2014 I final made it to this theater to see ROCKY – after CATS finished its 18 year run here!
- It may be awhile before I see a third show here, because SCHOOL OF ROCK, which I saw in March of 2016 is in its third year and going strong!