Sunday, January 29, 2023

Broadway is the biggest stage in the world. It is huge in matters of sheer size, staging, costumes, lights, decors, but most importantly – the plays that are staged, and the actors that participate. When it comes to seating these theaters are again amongst the biggest. Here are the biggest theaters on Broadway. 

Palace Theater

1564 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

Capacity: 1743

Currently playing: closed for renovations 

The Palace Theatre opened in 1913 and by the end of the 1920s achieved a cult vaudevillian status. Even today, nearly a century later, it is one of the largest venues on Broadway. The building of the Palace was funded by Martin Beck – a vaudeville entrepreneur from San Francisco, who wanted to stiffen the competition to the East Coast-based vaudeville entrepreneur company.

The latest show to be presented on the stage of the Palace was SpongeBob SquarePants, the Musical. But through the years, this huge stage has seen the likes of “Annie”, “West Side Story”, The Illusionists, and An American in Paris.

The Palace Theater is expected to reopen in 2021st, which adds yet another reason to expect the arrival of the next year.

Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway, New York, NY, United States

Capacity: 1761

Currently playing: Aladdin

You can’t get more specific! Broadway Theatre is the only theater located on Broadway.

The theater itself was opened on Christmas Day in 1924 as B.S. Moss’s Colony Theatre as a vaudeville house that can also present motion pictures. 

The Broadway has a rich history, has been the home of productions such as Miss Saigon, Fiddler on the Roof, Doctor Zhivago, Les Misérables, and King Kong. Most recently it was the arena of “West Side Story” that opened in February 2020, just before the lockdown. 

New Amsterdam Theatre

214 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036, United States

Capacity: 1801

Currently running: Aladdin.

New Amsterdam was opened in 1903. Between 1913 and 1927 was the of Florenz Ziegfeld Jr.’s Ziegfeld Follies.

Through the ages, the venue was closely associated with Disney Theatrical Productions, becoming the first home of the legendary “Lion King” (between 1997 and 2006), Mary Poppins (2006 – 2013), and Aladdin, who’s run began in 2013 and is still up and running.

Lyric Theatre

213 W 42nd St, New York, NY, United States

Capacity: 1829

Currently Running: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

One of the newest additions on Broadway, the Lyric Theatre was built in 1998 on the sight of the old Apollo, and Lyric Theatres. It first carried the name Hilton Theatre. For its rather short, but glorious time around, the Lyric hosted some of the best productions like “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”, “The Pirate Queen”, and one of the current Broadway hits Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. 

The Gershwin Theatre

222 West 51st Street, New York, NY, United States

Capacity: 1935

The biggest of the biggest theaters on Broadway. If something is being played in the Gershwin, then be sure that is it something special. After all, this is the venue with the largest sitting capacity on Broadway. The theater is named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin. 

Since 2003, the Gershwin is home of the magical Land of Oz, and the super hit Wicked. So, for 17 years this is the place to meet Elphaba, Glinda, and their heated friendship/rivalry. 

The biggest theaters on Broadway provide a spectacular stage for some of the highest-acclaimed and acclaimed shows now and in history. 

The biggest theaters are worthy only of the biggest stars! Or the best comedies. And the finest jukebox musicals.

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