New York Theater · Restoration

The Theaters of the Great White Way Still Cast A Magic Spell

The New Amsterdam Theater
Of course, the ultimate New York theater experience happens in the theaters of the Great White Way that were built during the first quarter of the 20th century and have been restored to their former grandeur. The greatest actors of
The beautiful, beautiful Belasco
the legitimate theater played these houses and it was here that the golden age of the musical theater transpired. The Belasco, the Shubert, the Palace, the Winter Garden, the Al Hirshfeld, the Nederlander, the Music Box. . . the very names connote the magic. These were the days when more was more, and the theater space was considered very much a part of the magic. They shimmer with gilding and tinted glass. Painted panels and plaster frescoes adorn the walls and the heavy proscenium curtain conceals another world, which remains secret as people take their seats.

The Shubert, where I saw Chorus Line and fell in love with musical theater.
At the top of my list of favorite things is the musical theater. I like to be on hand as soon as the House opens so I can soak up the surroundings as I watch the theater fill up. And then, finally, there is that utterly delicious moment when the house lights dim, and the overture begins.

One thought on “The Theaters of the Great White Way Still Cast A Magic Spell

  1. I agree with you. There are some gems around the country as well. The Fulton in Lancaster Pa. and The Aslo in Sarasota Fla. are two that come to mind . . .and The National Theatre in Panama City, Panama! When the building is magic, it is easier to create magic in them!

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