Entertainment in New York City

Theatre, Opera, Museum in New York City

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Theatres in New York

New York offers theatre at all levels, from modern existential productions to intimate dinner theatre to the ever-famous Broadway. Both nytheatre.com and newyorkcitytheatre.com are complete guides to Broadway, off-Broadway and off-off Broadway and publish all kind of information about show times, reviews, and a variety of theatre events. They also include reviews, listings, features, and ticket information.

Between more of the 40 large theatres concentrated near Times Square, there are 3 must-see theatres in NYC:

  • Broadway: One of the most popular events for New York City tourists. Theatrical performances are presented in one of the 39 professional theatres in the Manhattan Theatre District.
  • Radio City Music Hall: Known as the "palace of the people" since it opened on December 27, 1932, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr. and Tony Bennett have all graced its stage.
  • Carnegie Hall: The Isaac Stern Auditorium is the largest hall and seats 2,804 people. It is the premier classical music performance space in the United States since its opening in 1891.

Theater Tickets in NYC

Ticket prices for Broadway musicals average $122, although some premieres and top seats are much more.

There are also frequent last-minute deals and discounts, as well as inexpensive off-Broadway and experimental productions throughout the city. This can be found at the box office, online, or through resellers. For example, TDF's TKTS Booth in Duffy Square offers many discounted tickets by waiting in line, on the day of the show.

Opera in New York

The Metropolitan Opera in New York is one of the world's leading opera companies from its opening in 1883. It is one of the premier opera locations in the world.

The Avery Fisher Hall, which includes the New York Philharmonic, features the annual Great Performers at Lincoln Center festival and Jazz at Lincoln Center. Recent renovations have improved the acoustics and is considered one of the best places in New York to observe classical music.

Museums in New York

Culture bursts out of every avenue in New York and museums are plentiful. NYC hosts almost 100 museums, for all interests and budgets. Some of the most important are located on Museum Mile on the upper east side. Between all these incredible collections, the Guggenheim and the Met are the most famous.

Outside the Museum Mile, many, many more museums exist.

Top NYC Museums:

  • Ellis Island Immigration Museum: Located in the New York Harbour, this is where approximately 12 million passengers were processed between 1892 and 1954. Immigrants who entered the United States through the port of New York were legally and medically inspected at Ellis Island. In 1990, Ellis Island was renovated and transformed into a museum dedicated to educating visitors about the immigrant experience.
  • Museum of Modern Art: Known as the "MoMA", this museum has an expansive collection of over 100,000 progressive paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, drawings, and design objects. MoMA also owns 14,000 films and four million film stills, as well as 140,000 books, artist books, and periodicals, all part of the Museum's library.
  • The Whitney: One of the only museums that focuses entirely on American art.

Children's culture is not elected in NYC. Museums for the youngest New Yorkers can be found on Ny.com/kids/museums with descriptions and age distinctions. For free days, check out Ny.com/museums/free. To check out the complete list of all museums listed in NYC visit NY.com/museums/.

Notice that, most museums, attractions and historical sites offer tours as well. Check their website and call sites you are interested in directly to ask what services and languages are available.

Culture Guides for NYC

There are many different publications and websites that do their best to keep abreast of the nonstop happenings in New York.

  • New York Magazine: A daily guide to culture in New York City. It features listings and reviews for theatre plays, dance performances, art exhibitions, television, music, books and readings, etc.
  • NYC Entertainment: Offers events ranging from museum events to TV tapings.
  • New York Post: Its entertainment section gives readers the inside scoop on the latest entertainment and celebrity developments.
  • New York Event Guide: Provides an extensive "Arts and Events" calendar for New York. The EventGuide's goal is to provide you with definitive answers to the perpetual quandary of "What Do You Want To Do Today?"

Update 13/02/2020


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