Lyceum Theatre

Lyceum Theatre

History

The Lyceum Theatre in New York City is one of the most treasured theaters in the country. It is located on Broadway, and first opened its doors in the early 1900s. The theater is one of the oldest, continually operating theaters in the country. It was originally constructed by producer and manager David Frohman in 1903, and was later purchased by a conglomerate of producers in the 1940s. The conglomerate included famed producers George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. During the 1950s, the theater was taken over by the Shuberts who have operated it ever since. The Lyceum Theatre is considered the crown jewel of New York's playhouses, and it continues to draw thousands of visitors each year.

For over 110 years, the theater has been home to some of the most exciting performances on the East Coast. It has been the site of some of the most famous theater productions in the world, and has been there for the beginning of more than one mega star's career. In its early years, stars like Fanny Brice, Billie Burke, Humphrey Bogart Leslie Howard and Bette Davis found themselves center stage at the Lyceum. And stars continue to grace the stage of this historic theater, more than a century later. The architecture and design of the building has made it not only a nod to the first days of popular entertainment in New York City, but has also created a beautiful place for residents and visitors to come and enjoy some of the greatest live acts in the world. You will find something for everyone at this 922-seat venue, and you won't want to miss seeing your favorite performer live.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Lyceum Theatre in New York City. Not only is it one of the most beautiful theater venues in the country, but it also hosts some of the most exciting live performances around. In its early days it was the site for some of the era's biggest live theater performances. In the early 1900s, great actors like Lionel and Ethel Barrymore performed in memorable roles in productions like The Other Girl and A Doll's House. During the 1940s and 50s, the theater became a hot spot when the production Born Yesterday was performed for excited crowds. The show ran for more than 1,600 performances and launched the career of Judy Holiday. This era also saw actors like Angela Lansbury and Joan Plowright emerge.

Today, the theater is more than just plays. It hosts musicals, comedy acts and one-man or woman shows. Recent productions have included performances by celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Ian McKellan, Mandy Patinkin and Harvey Feinstein. There's never a dull moment at this fantastic venue, and you won't want to miss these and other amazing acts when they perform live at Spreckels Theatre.


Home City

The Spreckels Theatre is located in the city that never sleeps—New York City, which is known for its thriving arts and theater culture. The city offers residents and visitors the chance to sample all that the art and theater world have to offer, without having to venture very far. It is the most populated city in the country, and has been the subject of countless films, television shows and songs throughout its storied past. There's something for everyone in the city that was almost the US capital, and you never know what you'll find when you explore this one-of-a-kind city.


Seating Layout

Although the historic theater retains its original beauty and most of the original structure, it has been modernized over the years to allow for larger concerts and stage productions. Today, the building boasts an Orchestra level closest to the stage, a Mezzanine level, and a balcony. The theater as a whole can hold more than 900 patrons. The Orchestra level offers fans an up-close and personal view of the stage and the act being performed. Although some seats are closer than others, every seat in the house will give you a fantastic view of the show you have chosen to see.


Trivia

The Lyceum Theatre was there at the birth of live theater in New York City featuring some of the most famous performers of all time. For years before sound-filled movies were popular, the Lyceum Theatre was the place to go for live entertainment. And now, the theater is once again the talk of the town and one of the best places to catch your favorite actors in some of the most provocative and entertaining shows in the business.

The historic theater was designed in the Beaux Arts style by famed architects Herts and Tallant. The design includes a gray, limestone façade with Corinthian columns. It also contains two grand staircases that lead to the Mezzanine level. There is also an apartment above the theater that contains a bird's eye view of the stage. Frohman, who first owned the theater in the early 1900s, is said to have waved a white handkerchief out the tiny door when his wife—an actress—was overacting.

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