The Hilton Theatre came into existence in 1998, when founder Garth Drabinsky rose to fame and built the venue as a Broadway theatre after tearing down the Apollo and Lyric Theatres. First named the Ford Center for the Performing Arts and housing the first-ever run of the musical Ragtime as the venue#25;s first production under its roof, the theatre was eventually overtaken by Clear Channel Entertainment and the Hilton Hotels Corporation in 2005, renamed the Hilton Theatre. Jesus Christ Superstar and 42nd Street have also taken place at the Hilton Theatre.
The Hilton Theatre was created from the adjacent Lyric and Apollo theatres, which were built in 1903 and 1920, respectively. The theatre is home to several musical productions throughout the year, and the capacity for the stunning Hilton Theatre is 1,821 patrons, making it an attraction for big musicals. The box office is closed on Sundays until performances begin, and will call is available one hour prior to events at the 213 West 42nd Street (box office) entrance. All major credit cards are accepted at the venue.