February 22, 2024

New York & Why The Big Apple Is Literally Performing Arts Heaven

Exploring New York’s Performing Arts Scene

There probably isn’t a city in the world able to even begin to compete with the incredible scope and extent of New York’s performing arts scene. There’s something for every conceivable whim, preference, and taste – a phenomenal range of theatre, dance, opera, live contemporary music, live rock and jazz – you just name it, and it’s bound to be found in the Big Apple and surrounds.

Your Doorway To Broadway

Most of New York’s Broadway theatres are in Times Square – and mostly around the thoroughfare instead of directly on the square. You’ll find Broadway theatres sprinkling many of the intersections connecting with the actual Broadway road that thoroughfares much of the length of Manhattan. These run as far North as 53rd Street.

But there’s another Broadway-ish space not quite Broadway – called Off-Broadway. Theatres classified as Off-Broadway hangouts are typically more offbeat and avant-garde. Mostly situated downtown, these often include theatres located in the regions of Midtown and on the Upper West Side.

Shakespeare In Central Park

For the theatre lover to visit beautiful New York without swinging by Shakespeare in Central Park would be pure sacrilege.

Shakespeare in Central Park is probably as “institution” as institution gets in New York. The brainchild of a former director of the Public Theatre, the late Joseph Pap, the production is a seasonal staging of many of the Bard’s great plays. Do take note that the production only runs between the end of June and the beginning of August, but it’s always perfect for a first date or any other occasion.

Much the same as just about anything or anywhere else on the go in New York, it’s always best to phone ahead and check what’s “on” and what’s not before planning a day around it. This applies especially to Shakespeare in Central Park productions, as tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis only.

The Lincoln Centre

The Lincoln Centre for Performing Arts is a celebrated New York stalwart extending across four entire city blocks on the Upper West Side.

Here you will find productions ranging from opera to film to classical music. Popular spaces include the Metropolitan Opera House, the Avery Fisher Hall, the grand New York State Theatre (home to New York City Opera as well as the New York City Ballet, the Walter Reade Theatre (home to the Film Society of Lincoln Centre), and the Alice Tully Hall.

The Legendary Carnegie Hall

A truly world-renowned performance universe, New York’s Carnegie Hall is home to the epic Isaac Stern Auditorium, a 2,804-seat pitch-perfect concert hall.

The Isaac Stern Auditorium is where New York City hosts touring symphony and other orchestras from all around the world. A visit to New York simply would not be the same without popping by this visual and acoustic “work of art” and it’s as exciting as when you visit this site.

Brooklyn Academy Of Music

The legendary Brooklyn Academy of Music is by far the city’s most distinguished and recognised contemporary arts foundation. Often simply referred to as “BAM”, the organisation is nearly always at the forefront of whatever happens to be noteworthy at any given time. The Brooklyn Academy of Music – a phenomenal space definitely not to be missed.

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