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About This Theatre
The Lyric was built in 1997 on the site of the former Apollo and original Lyric Theatres and combined architectural elements from both to create a pastiche of old and new.
The Lyric and the Apollo (built in 1903 and 1920 respectively) were demolished in 1996 but major architectural elements were protected under their landmark status. The facades from the original Lyric and the proscenium arch, lobby, and ceiling domes from the Apollo were painstakingly removed, stored, and incorporated into the new theater. The historic dome was set within a new dome and the sidewalls, designed with pilasters and scalloped panels, were reminiscent of the theaters’ original architecture. Newly commissioned murals with a Greek mythological theme that recalls the Apollo’s original concept form a frieze over the side boxes. The new theater was created to present spectacles and large-scale productions such as Ragtime, the 1998 opening show.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently playing at the Lyric Theatre.
The Lyric Theatre is accessible. There are entrances to the Lyric Theatre on 42nd and 43rd Street, with an accessible entrance on 42nd Street. Entrance to the building is at street level with access to an elevator to the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. Please request wheelchair seating from a sales representative at the time of purchase. We have designated ADA locations in both the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels, with elevator access available to both. There is no elevator access to the Balcony level.
Accessible restrooms are located in the Dress Circle lobby.
There are designated ADA locations in both the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels, with elevator access available to both.
Cursed Child is pleased to offer GalaPro, a free app for on-demand captioning and audio description that you can use on your personal smartphone device. GalaPro makes theatre accessible for patrons who are hearing or sight impaired or just don’t want to miss a word of the show.
The Lyric Theatre as it now stands is the combination of two Broadway venues: the Lyric and the Apollo Theatres. The original Lyric Theatre was built by composer Reginald De Koven to house his American School of Opera. However, the school went bankrupt before the theatre could be finished. At that time, De Koven leased the theatre and its offices to the Shuberts, who opened the theatre on October 12, 1903, with a play called Old Heidelburg.
The Lyric went on to host a number of successful productions, including the hit musical Fantana, starring Douglas Fairbanks Sr., and Oscar Straus’s The Chocolate Soldier, a musical version of George Bernard Shaw’s Arms and the Man.
The adjacent Apollo Theatre began its life in 1910 as The Bryant, a movie and vaudeville house. In 1920, notable Broadway producers the Selwyns took it over, renamed it the Apollo, and converted it to a theatre. Its first attraction on November 11, 1920, was an unsuccessful musical called Jimmie by Oscar Hammerstein II. The following year, Lionel Barrymore also failed as Macbeth. The house’s first big hit was a musical called Poppy (1923), starring W.C. Fields.
Beginning in 1924, the Apollo became famous as the home of six editions of the glittering George White’s Scandals revue, starring such luminaries as Jimmy Durante, Ethel Merman, Rudy Vallee, Ray Bolger and, in the chorus, Alice Faye. In 1930, Bert Lahr and Kate Smith had a huge hit in the musical Flying High, and in 1932, Take a Chance, starring Ethel Merman and Jack Haley, also scored. The Apollo closed with the short-lived revue Blackbirds of 1933 starring Bill Robinson.
From 1934 to 1938, the Apollo was home to burlesque performances, then became a movie house. In 1979, the Brandt Organization restored it to legitimacy, reopening it with On Golden Pond followed by two hits, Bent and Lanford Wilson’s The Fifth of July.
Then the Ford Center for the Performing Arts arose from these two adjacent historic theatres on 42nd Street, the Lyric and the Apollo. In 1995, Toronto’s Livent Company announced that it would transform the Lyric and the Apollo into one state-of- the-art theatre that would incorporate restored elements from both of the original structures. The new theatre opened January 18, 1998, with the hit musical Ragtime. This was followed by a revival of the musical Jesus Christ Superstar and a highly successful revival of the musical 42nd Street.
The Ford Center was renamed the Hilton Theatre in 2005. The first show to play the Hilton Theatre was Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Subsequent productions have included Hot Feet, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Pirate Queen, and Mel Brooks’s Young Frankenstein. In 2010, the theatre was renamed the Foxwoods Theatre and hosted Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.
In 2013, after it was purchased by the Ambassador Theatre Group, the Foxwoods Theatre became the Lyric Theatre, home to a revival of On the Town, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games, and ultimately Cirque du Soleil’s Paramour before shutting its doors for a yearlong renovation process unlike any other.
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