Helen Hayes Theatre

Helen Hayes Theatre

Helen Hayes Theatre History

There is still no substitution for a live show, and that's exactly what you're going to rediscover if you head out to this historic New York City theater that has been entertaining the masses for more than a century. Come out and see a live show and you'll see loud and clear why Helen Hayes Theatre is one of the very best live entertainment venues you're going to find in New York, which is saying quite a bit considering that it's one of the premier cities for entertainment in the world. Once you're there watching the big show the way it was meant to be seen, you'll be glad that you're not still sitting at home, just wondering how the show is getting in.

When it opened in 1912, the Little Theatre, as it was called then, could only fit about 300 in the audience at max capacity. Later, the Helen Hayes Theatre seating chart and pretty much the entire interior of the building was redesigned and reconstructed by famed theatre architect Herbert J. Krapp, so that the venue could hold almost 600 people for shows. Located at 240 West 44th Street in midtown-Manhattan, the Helen Hayes has put on fantastic productions that include past hits like "Dirty Blonde," "Prelude to a Kiss," and "Xanadu." In addition to the numerous stars of stage that have been showcased here over the years, the Helen Hayes Theatre has been the venue for several staged television shows. Dick Clark, Johnny Carson, and Merv Griffin all had shows that were broadcast from the Helen Hayes Theater, which was at that time called the Little Theatre.


Helen Hayes Theatre Events

With a schedule absolutely packed with various shows, this is a theater with a calendar you need to keep an eye. One month you could find musical "Rock of Ages," the next it could be just about anything, making it always a good idea to check out the schedule and see what is coming through to stage next. Either way, you can probably guarantee that it's going to be something highly anticipated throughout the New York area, providing plenty of reasons to make sure that you don't miss a second of the excitement in a show that you definitely won't want to miss out on.


Helen Hayes Theatre Trivia

Did you know that Rock of Ages holds the box office record at Helen Hayes Theatre?

It's pretty clear that people like the 1980s, and when musical "Rock of Ages" came to town for the first time in 2012, it only took nine performances for it to break box office records at Helen Hayes.


The Fans

With a capacity of a little under 600, this is the perfectly sized venue for a top-tier live show that you had circled on your calendar, as it's an intimate setting that makes every seat feel like the best in the house. Thanks to an eclectic set of different performers who come to town, it always seems like Helen Hayes Theatre is setting up for one amazing show or another, providing plenty of reasons to head out and see the excitement first-hand at this historic entertainment venue.

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