As independent theaters go, the Daryl Roth is of considerable size. Seating 330 within the main theater, the playhouse also boasts an adjacent smaller stage within a converted garage at the rear, and a basement comedy theater (D: Lounge) which will comfortably house up to 100. The theater was the brain-child of award-winning producer Daryl Roth, and is one of the best places to experience independent American theater at it’s finest. The D-Lounge presents some of the best cabaret and stand-up to be found in New York, with a popular happy hour on week nights.
With a superior seating capacity of 1,650, the Herbert J. Krapp designed former comedy and music hall quickly found use as a musical show-house. At it’s completion in 1923, the theater was briefly one of the largest in the area, and fiftieth of the huge Schubert-owned theater empire. Since 2008, the Imperial has been the home of “Billy Elliot – The Musical”, an open-ended production which has been one of the highest grossing shows on Broadway in recent years.
Designed by Herbert J. Krapp, architect of the smaller Ambassador Theater; the Majestic has stood proud on Broadway since 1927. Created primarily as a music theater, the Majestic has featured both dramatic, orchestral and dance productions during it’s history, -the longest running to date being “Phantom Of The Opera” which shows little sign of moving on. With a 1,600 seating capacity, the majority of house seats afford great views of the stage and orchestra pit. In addition, to balconette boxes are also available for reservation. Disabled access is not as limited as some theaters, with ample space for wheelchairs through the …continue reading
Chicago’s Roxie Hart has found a pretty permanent home in Broadway’s popular Ambassador Theater, and the show looks set to continue it’s residence for a long time to come. Opened in 1921, the Ambassador is a surviving legacy to the work of architect Herbert J. Krapp – noted for plush, decadent interiors and the ability to create expansive auditoriums in the most compromising of buildings. The theater became a recognized city landmark in 1985 and saw various stints as the location for movie and television studios, before once again finding use as a theater in the mid 1990’s. Although not the …continue reading
The Helen Hayes Theater opened on the former site of the much-loved Little Theater in 1983, and was named in memorium to the then living “first lady of theater” as her original namesake legacy had been demolished. With 300 seats, Little Theater was always the smallest on Broadway, and despite renovations to increase the capacity to just over 600, the Helen Hayes remains the smallest theater on the show strip. Despite it’s size, the theater has played host to some major-league shows including “The 39 Steps”, “Xanadu” and “Dirty Blonde”. The theater is also attributed with the bringing of independent shows …continue reading