Vivian Beaumont Theatre

Vivian Beaumont Theatre

History

The Vivian Beaumont Theatre in New York City is one of the most treasured entertainment venues in the country. It is located inside the famous Lincoln Center, and it first opened its doors in the mid 1960s. The theater has become a hot spot for classical and contemporary live entertainment in the city that never sleeps. Thousands of people flock to the venue each year to see magnificent ballet performances, concerts by their favorite artists and classical music performances. The venue was made possible by the generous donations of Vivian Beaumont Allen, who donated $3 million to the construction of a permanent dramatic repertory company at Lincoln Center. Beaumont Allen's gift fell in line with Lincoln Center's founder, John D. Rockefeller that the arts are "not for the privileged few, but for the many." Now, many people can enjoy the most spectacular live productions from this one-of-a-kind theater.

The auditorium opened its doors in 1965 with a stunning revival of the 1835 play, Danton's Death by George Buchner. The cast included Hollywood greats like James Earl Jones and Stacy Keach. Since then, the theater has continued to play host to some of the biggest shows in the country. The theater is the only Broadway-class theater that is not located in the famous theater district in New York City near Times Square. But because the Vivian Beaumont is Broadway-class, productions performed there can be eligible for Tony Awards.


Events Hosted

There is a lot to love about the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center 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. During the mid-1960s, the theater was under the direction of famed directors Jules Irving and Herbert Blau. The next few years brought in other famous directors like Joseph Papp, followed by a period of inactivity. In 1980, the theater reopened under the direction of the Lincoln Center Theater Company. A five-member collective of directors including Woody Allen, Sarah Caldwell, Liviu Ciulei, Robin Phillips and Ellis Rabb managed the theater during this time. Substantial improvements were made to the theater and its lineup while the collective was in charge. Some of these productions included The Floating Light Bulb, The House of Blue Leaves and Anything Goes. Other notable performances include Six Degrees of Separation, Carousel, Arcadia, The Light in the Piazza and War Horse.

Today, the auditorium hosts musicals, comedies and dramatic theatrical productions that have won the hearts of fans and the praise of critics. In recent months the theater has been the site of the Jack O'Brien interpretation of Shakespeare's Macbeth. In the coming year, the theater will also host productions of Domesticated, Stop Hitting Yourself and Act One. 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 the Vivian Beaumont Theatre.


Home City

The Vivian Beaumont 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 entertainment venue is more than 40 years old, it has been updated to allow for modernization of lighting, sound and visual elements. The auditorium, that is part of Lincoln Center, can seat more than 1,200 people. There are several options for seating, including Orchestra Rows that are directly in front of the stage and a mezzanine level called the Loge, that has several rows for patrons to sit and enjoy the show being presented. 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 Vivian Beaumont Theatre is not only beautiful on the inside, but it contains several unique features on the outside as well. One of the most unique features of the venue is that there is another theater located on its green, planted roof. The Claire Tow Theatre sits atop the Vivian Beaumont and seats just over 100 people. The theater is a 23,000 square-foot glass box that cost $42 million to construct. It not only contains seating and a grand stage for performances, but it also has rehearsal space, dressing rooms, offices and a small lobby with a bar. From the bottom of the Vivian Beaumont to the top of the Claire Tow Theatre, there's something for everyone.

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