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

Productions Production Dates
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts One and Two
Play, Original, Drama,Play with music
Written by Jack Thorne
Apr 22, 2018 - Present
Cirque du Soleil Paramour
Musical, Original, Circus
Assistant Composer: Martin Laniel; Co-Composer: Andreas Carlsson; Music by Bob & Bill; Lyrics by Andreas Carlsson
May 25, 2016 - Apr 16, 2017
Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games
Special, Original, Dance
Music by Gerard Fahy
Nov 10, 2015 - Jan 03, 2016
On the Town
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 16, 2014 - Sep 06, 2015

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

Hilton Theatre Production Dates
Young Frankenstein
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
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
Music by Mel Marvin; Book by Timothy Mason; Lyrics by Timothy Mason
Nov 08, 2006 - Jan 07, 2007
Hot Feet
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Maurice White; Book by Heru Ptah; Lyrics by Maurice White
Apr 30, 2006 - Jul 23, 2006
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman; Adapted for the stage by Jeremy Sams; Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman, Robert B. Sherman
Apr 28, 2005 - Dec 31, 2005

Ford Center for the Performing Arts Production Dates
42nd Street
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
May 02, 2001 - Jan 02, 2005
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Apr 16, 2000 - Sep 03, 2000
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Jan 18, 1998 - Jan 16, 2000

Special Events Production Dates
Special, Revival, Benefit, Concert
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Sep 24, 2001 - Sep 24, 2001