NYC’s Top Live Theater Venues (& Shows to See There)
Why do native New Yorkers visit Times Square? To get to NYC’s acclaimed Theater District, of course! This city has a rich history of live theater that attracts locals and visitors from around the world alike. What you might not know is that many of its early venues are still around today. Here are some of New York’s top spots along with must-see productions at each.

The Gershwin Theatre

Named after two of America’s top composers—George Gershwin and his brother Ira Gershwin—the Gershwin Theater is a celebration of Broadway legacy. Opened in 1972, the theater was designed to house Broadway’s Theater Hall of Fame so audiences are treated to a show of “who’s who” on the walls as they explore this historic building. Famous for adapting Singin’ in the Rain and revivals of Sweeney Todd and My Fair Lady, the theater is currently having a wicked good time housing Wicked. Swing by to witness this stunning performance based on the untold story of the Wicked Witch of the West.

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Richard Rodgers Theatre

Originally called the 46th Street Theater, this 91-year-old theater was renamed after the legendary composer Richard Rodgers in 1990. The venue that seats 1,319 is world-famous for its history of hit musicals, including Guys and Dolls, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Nine and now the acclaimed and beloved Hamilton. Since it premiered earlier this year, Hamilton has taken the Broadway scene by storm. See the musical that tells the exhilarating tale of one of America's founding fathers.

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The Broadway Theatre

One of only five playhouses that front on the street called Broadway, this theater venue has been a feature of the Theater District since 1924, where it originally showed early films like Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie. Throughout the 20th century, the theater flipped back and forth between showing films and live theater. Today it exclusively houses live theater to 1,765 guests. Be sure to catch Fiddler on the Roof there when it opens in December of this year.

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The PlayStation Theater

A theater named after a video game console? This theater has gone through some major rebranding in its 10 years of existence, first as the Nokia Theater Times Square and then as the Best Buy Theater. This young venue has quickly become a favorite on the Broadway scene for its large auditorium, which can fit over 2,100 people. Currently home to The Lion King, it’s a spectacular venue to see large productions as well as performances by artists such as Bon Jovi, The Eagles, John Legend and Rihanna.

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The Majestic Theatre

Built by a group of real estate magnates known as the Chanin Brothers in 1927, this theater has long been home to magnificent productions such as The Music Man, South Pacific and 42nd Street. In the 1980s, the theater was renovated to accommodate Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, which continues its historic run to this day, making it the longest-running musical on Broadway.

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The Shubert Theater

Designated a New York City landmark, the Shubert Theater opened in October 1913. It shares a Venetian Renaissance facade with the adjoining Booth Theatre. While the two are very different venues, they are connected through a private road and alley known as Shubert Alley. In addition to frequently hosting the Tony Awards, the theatre has been home to famous productions such as A Chorus Line, Chicago, Memphis and Matilda.

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The Barrymore Theater

No, this was not named for Drew Barrymore, but it was built for and named after her famous acting ancestor, Ethel Barrymore. Known for being the last theater the legendary Shuberts built, the 1928 venue is a Broadway landmark of sorts for star-studded plays like A Streetcar Named Desire, Bell, Book and Candle and a recent revival of Death of a Salesman. Today, the theater houses the Tony award–winning play The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

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Ambassador Theater

After World War I, Broadway experienced a rapid expansion that gave birth to the famous Ambassador Theater. Its famously tiny lot has been home to operas, musical comedies and theatrical productions for 84 years and is now home to the smash hit Chicago. Delve into the sultry and scandalous lives of Roxie Hart and Velma Kelly as they attempt to avoid the death penalty for their heinous crimes.

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Not sure where to begin? Try a walking tour of the Theater District.

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With all the amazing theaters and talent on Broadway this year, it’s hard to choose just one to visit! On this walking tour made for Broadway fans, even the city’s oldest New Yorkers will find something new to appreciate. This tour takes you to famous theaters such as The Winterhaven, The Broadway Theater and The Gershwin while teaching you about the intimate history of the Theater District. When it’s over, we bet you’ll have added a few venues to your Broadway bucket list!

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