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Lyric Theatre

213 W. 42nd St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1938

Richard Blinder and Peter Kofman, architects. The Ford Center came about after Canadian producer Garth Drabinsky's Livent, Inc. purchased two 42nd Street theatres, the Lyric and the Academy . The new theatre incorporated elements of both earlier theatres. It was named for the Ford Motor Company, which offered significant financial assistance. Soon after the 1998 opening, Livent declared bankruptcy and the theatre was purchased by a media company, SFX, which was later subsumed by Clear Channel. In 2005, Live Nation was formed as a spin-off of Clear Channel Entertainment and owned and managed the theatre. In 2013, the venue was purchased by The Ambassador Theatre Group, an international theatre owner and production company, who renamed the venue once again.

To learn more about the history and restoration of the Lyric Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Lyric Theatre.

Built: 1998   

Theatre Names Named
Lyric Theatre
Named for one of the two theatres that originally stood on the site
2014
Foxwoods Theatre
Named for the Foxwoods Resort Casino
2010
Hilton Theatre
2005
Ford Center for the Performing Arts
Opened on January 26, 1998
1998

Broadway Productions

Cirque du Soleil Paramour
Musical, Original, Circus
May 25, 2016 - Apr 16, 2017

Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Special, Original, Dance
Nov 10, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016

On the Town
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 16, 2014 - Sep 06, 2015

Foxwoods Theatre

Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark
Musical, Original, Spectacle
Jun 14, 2011 - Jan 04, 2014

Hilton Theatre

Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 2007 - Jan 04, 2009

The Pirate Queen
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 05, 2007 - Jun 17, 2007

Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 2006 - Jan 07, 2007

Hot Feet
Musical, Original, Dance
Apr 30, 2006 - Jul 23, 2006

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 28, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

Ford Center for the Performing Arts

42nd Street
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 02, 2001 - Jan 02, 2005

Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 16, 2000 - Sep 03, 2000

Ragtime
Musical, Original, Drama
Jan 18, 1998 - Jan 16, 2000

Benefits and Special Events

 

Ford Center for the Performing Arts

Dreamgirls
Special, Revival, Benefit, Concert
Sep 24, 2001 - Sep 24, 2001

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