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Lyric Theatre New York

About the Lyric Theatre

The current Lyric Theatre (originally the Ford Centre for the Performing Arts) first opened in 1998, built from the bones of two earlier Broadway stalwarts. Taking structural elements from each, architect John Belle kept the original Lyric Theatre’s exterior design, alongside Boxes and ceilings from the old Apollo Theatre. However, its major benefit is a combination of old-school glamor and modern innovation; patrons visiting the Lyric Theatre will notice that the auditorium has excellent legroom throughout, impressive acoustics, and is the perfect size for commercial crowd-pleasers.

The Lyric is one of two Broadway theaters operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group, which is prolific in London's West End. The other is the Hudson Theatre.

Notable productions at the Lyric Theatre include its inaugural show, Ragtime (1998) and Jesus Christ Superstar (2000). Since the turn of the century, the venue has become known for its commercially-minded successes including the record-breaking Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark (2010) and Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour (2016). In 2018, the Lyric Theatre’s auditorium was completely redesigned to welcome the Broadway premier of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child – another Box Office and critical triumph.

Know Before You Go
• The Ordertorium app is handy for getting drinks delivered to your seat
• The Snack Shop sells anything from candy to sandwiches
• Bag searches are in operation
• Coat check is available at around $2 per item

Map and Address

214 West 43rd Street, New York, New York, NY 10036

The Lyric Theatre is located at 214 West 43rd Street, close to the heart of Times Square. Anyone visiting the theater can take a moment to enjoy the bright and busy sights of the “Crossroads of the World”, with plenty of photo opportunities, restaurants and hotels nearby. The Lyric Theatre’s excellent central location means it’s easily accessed by the New York public transport system, with plenty of buses and subway trains stopping off just a short walk away. Patrons can also catch a taxi to the venue, or park in one of the many garages on adjacent streets.
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