Who says critics get a bad rap? The Brooks Atkinson Theatre was originally built way back in 1926 as the Mansfield Theatre. But its name was changed to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 1960 to honor the beloved New York Times theater critic of the same name. He would undoubtedly have been impressed by the infamous plays held here since, from The Iceman Cometh to Death and the Maiden.
It’s hard not to be wowed by the glitz of the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, especially since being refurbished in 2000. It now is illuminated by the original chandelier that lit the way of New York’s elite for years ago. But the theater is even more famous for the celebrities that appeared on its stage—including everyone from Gene Hackman to Nathan Lane and Kevin Spacey.