A complete Guide to Broadway and Off-Broadway Theatres in New York

New York and Broadway shows simply do belong together – many of the world’s most famous musicals are and have been performed in one of the theaters on Broadway.

In New York alone, there are over 40 Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters. As the name suggests, the former are located around Broadway in the Theater District. The Off-Broadway theaters, on the other hand, are spread throughout Manhattan.

In our guide to theaters in New York, we’ll tell you which shows are running, show you the seating chart, and give you tips on which seats are the best. In addition, you’ll find our reviews and links to cheap tickets for the vast majority of musicals and Broadway shows.

Below you will find all 👉 Broadway and Off-Broadway theaters on a map.

We hope you enjoy our Broadway Theatre Guide for New York!

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    Al Hirschfeld Theatre

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    The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is one of the most beautiful Broadway theaters in New York. It was built in the Byzantine style. Lovingly restored ceilings and ornaments can be discovered everywhere, from the lobby to the opulently designed auditorium. It was ceremoniously opened on November 11, 1924, when it was called the Martin Beck Theatre. The Broadway theater received its current name in 2003 in honor of the cartoonist Albert Hirschfeld.

    If you talk to New Yorkers, you will especially feel the enthusiasm for the Al Hirschfeld Theatre. After all, it is one of the oldest and most important theaters in the city. It feels incredibly cozy and familiar, if only because of the way it was built back then with rather narrow rows of seats. You’ll definitely get a feel for 1920s New York here—wonderful!

    Current Shows: Currently performing is Moulin Rouge! Click here for the best Moulin Rouge on Broadway tickets and our Moulin Rouge on Broadway review.

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    Ambassador Theatre

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    The Ambassador Theatre is a very special Broadway theater in Manhattan’s Theater District for several reasons. One of the most successful musicals, Chicago, has been performed here since 2003, and it is an official New York City landmark. However, that’s not all! Along with being a theater, since it opened on February 11, 1921, it has, over the course of time, also become a cinema and a TV studio.

    Current Shows: Currently performing is Chicago! Click here for the best Chicago on Broadway tickets and our Chicago on Broadway review.

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    August Wilson Theatre

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    The August Wilson Theatre opened in 1925 and was renamed very regularly through various changes of ownership. In 1925 it was called Guild Theatre, from 1950 ANTA Theatre and from 1981 Virginia Theatre. It was only in 2005 that it was given its present name in honor of August Wilson, a Pulitzer Prize winner.

    It reminds us a little of the Walter Kerr Theatre, which, like the August Wilson Theatre, has retained its old New York charm to this day.

    Current shows: Until recently, the musical Mean Girls ran at the August Wilson Theatre. As of August 2021, it will be replaced by Pass Over. Click here for Pass Over on Broadway tickets.

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    Belasco Theatre

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    The Belasco Theatre is one of the oldest theaters in New York. It opened back in 1907 under the name Stuyvesant Theatre. The expensive construction was financed by entrepreneur David Belasco, who gave it his own name three years later.

    One of the greatest actors of our time, Marlon Brando, was discovered here when he played a leading role in the play Truckline Cafe in 1964. In 2019, the film The Irishman by Martin Scorcese premiered here when the theater became a movie theater, and the film was screened for a month.

    Current Shows: Currently, Girl from the North Country is being performed at the Belasco Theatre. Click here for the best Girl from the North Country tickets.

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    Broadhurst Theatre

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    The Broadhurst Theatre is located right between the Majestic Theatre and the Shubert Theatre on 44th Street not far from Times Square. It was designed by the famous theater architect Herbert Krapp and opened on September 27, 1917. It is one of the official landmarks of New York. It was named in honor of George Howells Broadhurst, one of the most famous playwrights of his time.

    The Broadhurst Theatre has hosted several world-famous shows, such as Les Misérables, Mamma Mia!, and Anastasia.

    Current Shows: Jagged Little Pill is currently being performed at the Broadhurst Theatre. Click here for the best Jagged Little Pill musical tickets.

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    Broadway Theatre

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    The Broadway Theatre is one of the very few theaters in New York that is actually on Broadway. It has had an eventful past, has had four other names, and has been the setting for many famous musicals, such as Evita, Les Misérables, King Kong, and, most recently, West Side Story.

    Opened on December 24, 1924, it is recognizable from afar as the “Broadway Theatre,” with letterings that extend from the first to the seventh floor of the building.

    Current Shows: None. At this time, it is not clear if West Side Story will continue or if a new musical will move in.

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    Brooks Atkinson Theatre

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    The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is a truly beautiful theater not far from Broadway. It was built in 1926 and was then called the Mansfield Theatre. It got its current name in 1960; Brooks Atkinson was responsible for rating Broadway shows at The New York Times and was one of the most influential people of his time.

    In 2000, it was restored with great attention to detail, including the 1960s chandelier, which is once again an integral part of the interior.

    Current Shows: SIX -The Musical, is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Click here to get the best SIX on Broadway tickets.

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    Eugene O’Neill Theatre

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    Located in the heart of the Theater District, the Eugene O’Neill Theatre is one of the most famous Broadway theaters in New York. It opened in 1925 and was renovated in 1959; it retains this wonderful charm to this day. The atmosphere is very cozy, but no matter where you sit, your view of the stage is excellent.

    What you will also like about the Eugene O’Neill Theatre is the comfortable seats. So, you will find everything you need there to have a good time in New York.

    Current Shows: Currently, The Book of Mormon is being performed at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre. Click here for the best The Book of Mormon tickets and our The Book of Mormon on Broadway review.

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    Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

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    The theater opened in 1918 as the Plymouth Theatre and is one of several buildings on Broadway designed by architect Herbert Krapp (along with the Broadhurst Theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, the Walter Kerr Theatre, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and the Imperial Theatre). It is owned by the Shubert Organization, which operates five well-known theater buildings in New York. Its longtime chairman, who served 36 years at the helm, was Gerald Schoenfeld. Posthumously, it was renamed as a token of appreciation.

    At the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, you can expect an atmosphere typical of theaters from that era; inside, it’s ornate, very well-mounted, and rather cozy because the chairs and rows were tightly planned.

    Current Shows: Come from Away is currently playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. Click here for the best Come from Away tickets and our Come from Away on Broadway review.

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    Gershwin Theatre

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    The Gershwin Theatre is quite modern compared to other theaters on Broadway, as it was built in the Art Nouveau style and only opened in 1972 (also known as Art Nouveau). Therefore, some things are different here: the seats are similar to those of sports stadiums, there is plenty of space between rows, and it is more openly designed. It was named after brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who wrote many Broadway shows together, one as a composer and the other as a lyricist.

    With 1,933 seats, it is the largest Broadway theater in New York, so it is a popular choice for major musical productions. It has been the site of musicals such as Starlight Express, Oklahoma, and, most recently, Wicked.

    Current Shows: Wicked – The Musical is currently playing at the Gershwin Theatre. Click here for the best Wicked on Broadway tickets and our Wicked on Broadway review.

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    Hudson Theatre

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    Located next door to the Belasco Theatre, the Hudson Theatre is the oldest Broadway theater in New York. Opened in 1903, it has even been a night club and a TV and radio studio over the years. Since 2017, it has been used for shows again and has been extensively restored for this purpose.

    Current Shows: Beginning in February 2022, Plaza Suite starring Sarah Jessica Parker will be performed at the Hudson Theatre. Click here for Plaza Suite on Broadway tickets.

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    Imperial Theatre

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    The Imperial Theatre was designed by architect Herbert Krapp, who was also responsible for the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, the Majestic Theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, the Walter Kerr Theatre, the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and the Broadhurst Theatre. It opened in 1923 and, despite its size, has retained its charm to this day.

    It’s a beautiful theater with red velvet seats, gorgeous chandeliers, and lots of ornamentation; it’s exactly how you’d imagine a 1920s Broadway theater to look.

    Current Shows: Currently, Ain’t Too Proud is being performed at the Imperial Theatre. Click here for the best Ain’t Too Proud on Broadway tickets.

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    Longacre Theatre

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    The Longacre Theatre opened in 1913 and got its name from nearby Longacre Square, better known today as Times Square. Henry Herts was the architect who graduated from Paris, hence the French neoclassical design that makes the Longacre Theatre unique in New York.

    In 2007 and 2008, it was restored very elaborately so that, when you visit it today, you can enjoy the old flair and the many details of the interior and the facade.

    Current Shows: Diana – The Musical, is currently playing at the Longacre Theatre. Click here for the best Diana on Broadway tickets.

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    Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

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    The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre opened in 1910 under the name Globe Theatre, in reference to the famous Globe Theatre in London during that time. Over time, it was not only used for Broadway shows but also as a movie theater. When it changed ownership in 1958, it also got its new name, which is made up of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.

    If you go to see a show at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre on Broadway, you will be amazed by the layout and design; ornate walls and ceilings and relaxed colors create a very special flair.

    Current Shows: Tina Turner – The Musical is currently being performed at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Click here for the best Tina Turner on Broadway tickets.

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    Lyric Theatre

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    The Lyric Theatre on Broadway is not to be confused with the theater that rose to prominence in the early 20th century, as that one closed in 1992 and, in fact, no longer exists. The Lyric Theatre of today was built in 1998 on the site of the old Lyric Theatre and has changed hands several times. It was called Foxwoods Theatre, Hilton Theatre, and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts before returning to its original name in 2014.

    In 2017 and 2018, it was extensively restored, and its capacity was reduced from its former 1,866 seats to 1,622; yet it is still one of the larger theaters in New York.

    Current Shows: Beginning in November 2021, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child will be performed at the Hudson Theatre. Click here for Harry Potter on Broadway tickets.

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    Majestic Theatre

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    The Majestic Theatre is another famous theater in New York, designed by architect Herbert Krepp, who also designed the Broadhurst Theatre, Imperial Theatre, and Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It was opened in 1923 and was the venue of many Broadway shows and premieres. Today, it is firmly associated with The Phantom of the Opera. Since 1988, this musical has been running very successfully and holds the record for the longest-running musical on Broadway.

    If you sit in the Majestic Theatre, you will be impressed; the stage set looks huge, and the interior is unique. Also, be sure to check out the ceiling!

    Current Shows: Currently, The Phantom of the Opera is being performed at the Majestic Theatre. Click here for the best The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway tickets and our The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway review.

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    Marquis Theatre

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    The Marquis Theatre is located in the heart of New York’s Theatre District and is part of the Marriott Marquis Hotel (one of the largest hotels in New York).

    It opened in 1986 and is therefore one of the newest theaters on Broadway. It’s really nicely decorated, the seats are super-comfortable and despite its size (it seats 1,611 people) the atmosphere is cozy and intimate.

    Current Shows: Currently, The Phantom of the Opera is being performed at the Majestic Theatre. Click here for the best Beetlejuice on Broadway tickets and our Beetlejuice review.

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    Minskoff Theatre

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    Located at One Astor Plaza (an office building), the Minskoff Theatre is one of the few theaters located directly on the famous Broadway. It is one of the newer locations for musicals, as it only opened in 1973. It was built by the Minskoff family, hence the name.

    Architecturally, it’s not a highlight. So, if you’re flexible in your search for a charming theater (and with choosing the right musical), I guarantee you’ll like others better. The advantage, however, is that you have a large amount of space between rows.

    Little fun fact: In 1982, the Minskoff Theatre hosted the Miss Universe pageant.

    Current Shows: The Lion King is currently playing at the Minskoff Theatre. Click here for the best The Lion King on Broadway tickets and our The Lion King on Broadway review.

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    Music Box Theatre

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    The Music Box Theatre opened in 1921 and had a very unique concept, as it was supposed to put on one new Broadway show per year. This worked out for a long time, and a variety of musicals were shown until just recently. It is one of the smaller theaters on Broadway, seating 990 people (plus 35 in the Orchestra Pit).

    The story behind the Music Box Theatre is exciting: theater producer Sam Harris made Irving Berlin, a friend of his and a very popular songwriter in his day, an offer to find a theater in exchange for developing a musical. The show written by Irving Berlin here was Music Box Revue, and so the theater got its name.

    It was designed by architect Charles Howard Crane with E. George Kiehler; they wanted to create a theater that did not look like many other theaters in New York. They opted for a delicate neo-Georgian style that looks more like a mansion than a classic opulent theater. I think they did very well!

    Current Shows: Dear Evan Hansen is currently playing at the Music Box Theatre. Click here for the best Dear Evan Hansen on Broadway tickets and our Dear Evan Hansen review.

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    Neil Simon Theatre

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    None other than Herbert Krapp designed the Neil Simon Theatre; he was equally responsible for the construction of the Broadhurst Theatre, the Neil Simon Theatre, the Walter Kerr Theatre, and the Imperial Theatre. The Neil Simon Theatre opened in 1927 under the name Aviv Theatre and was renamed in 1977 in honor of the playwright Neil Simon.

    Over the years, some of the most successful Broadway shows were performed at the Neil Simon Theatre, most notably Cats, Hairspray, and The Music Man.

    Current Shows: Most recently, The Cher Show was running at the Neil Simon Theatre, which has been replaced by MJ – The Musical. Click here for the best MJ on Broadway tickets.

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    New Amsterdam Theatre

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    The New Amsterdam Theatre is one of the most famous and, for me personally, most beautiful Broadway theaters in New York. It opened in 1903 with Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream but had to close in 1985. It was only twelve years later that it was lovingly restored and reopened by Disney Theatrical Productions. From then on, it became the theater for Disney productions. The Lion King was the first Disney production performed here (which is now performing in the Minskoff Theatre). Today, Aladdin is performed at this theater.

    What we find particularly beautiful is the auditorium, designed with great attention to detail; the walls and ceilings are richly decorated, the colors are coherent, and everything wonderfully takes you back to the early years of the theater.

    Current Shows: Disney’s Aladdin is currently playing at the New Amsterdam Theatre. Click here for the best Aladdin on Broadway tickets and our Aladdin on Broadway review.

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    Richard Rodgers Theatre

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    The Richard Rodgers Theatre was designed by Herbert Krapp, the most famous architect of Broadway theaters of his time, and opened in 1925 under the name Chanin 46th Street Theatre. Construction mogul Irwin S. Chanin had it built and had the wonderful idea of democratizing theater attendance. That is, no matter who paid how much for tickets, everyone came through the same door and used the same lobby; the goal was to make theater attendance affordable for the masses as well.

    The interior of the theater was richly decorated and borrowed from the opulent design of the Renaissance. In 1990, it was purchased by the Nederlander Organization and renamed the Richard Rodgers Theatre after Richard Rodgers, who was one of the greatest composers of his time.

    Current Shows: Hamilton is currently being performed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Click here for the best Hamilton on Broadway tickets and our Hamilton on Broadway review.

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    Shubert Theatre

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    The Shubert Theatre is one of many theaters in New York owned by the family or the Shubert Organization. And while it’s one of the largest theaters in New York, seating 1,460, it doesn’t feel that way at all.

    Opened in 1913, it’s currently not only home to the Shubert Organization but a welcome venue for the Tony Awards, which are like the Oscars of movies for the musical industry.

    In contrast to other Broadway theaters in New York, the Shubert Theatre mainly presented musicals that ran for quite a long time. For example, A Chorus Line was performed here for 15 years, Chicago ran for 7 years, and Crazy for You, Spamalot, and Mathilda ran for 4 years.

    Current Shows: To Kill a Mockingbird is currently playing at the Shubert Theatre. Click here for the best To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway tickets and our To Kill a Mockingbird on Broadway review.

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    Stephen Sondheim Theatre

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    The Stephen Sondheim Theatre, near Bryant Park, opened in 1918 under the name Henry Miller’s Theatre; you can still see the name on the facade today. As you stand in front of the building, you’ll notice the huge skyscrapers to the left and right of the theater. These are the Bank of America towers built in 2004. For this reason, the original building was demolished. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is now part of the Bank of America complex, which is not at all obvious at first glance due to the original facade of the old theater.

    It then reopened in 2009 as the first LEED-certified Broadway theater and was given its new name in 2010 in honor of composer Stephen Sondheim on his 80th birthday.

    Current Shows: Currently, Mrs. Doubtfire is being performed at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Click here for the best Mrs. Doubtfire on Broadway tickets.

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    Walter Kerr Theatre

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    Originally opened in 1921 as the Ritz Theatre after just 66 days of construction (which is crazy!), the architect was once again Herbert Krapp, who designed many of the theaters that still exist on Broadway today. Though, since 1990, it has borne its present name in honor of the famous theater critic Walter Kerr. Originally, it was the sister theater to The Ambassador Theatre of the Shubert family, who own several theaters on Broadway to this day. It has had an eventful time, having been a radio and TV station over the years and changing hands several times, along with being restored a few times.

    The last restoration was probably the most important because it restored the theater to its original 1921 condition. As a result, it has a very special charm and is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful theaters in New York.

    Current Shows: Currently, Hadestown is being performed at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Click here for the best Hadestown on Broadway tickets and our Hadestown on Broadway review.

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    Winter Garden Theatre

    Theatre in Midtown Manhattan
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    The Winter Garden Theatre opened in 1911 and is located between 50th and 51st Street directly on Broadway. It was the first theater in New York purchased by the Shubert Organization – there are now over 20 in New York City alone. It seats a total of 1,600 people, with the Orchestra section making up the largest part with 1,045 seats.

    World-famous shows such as Cats and Mamma Mia! ran here for many years and made the Winter Garden Theater famous nationwide. Recent productions have included Rocky the Musical and School of Rock.

    Current Shows: Currently, The Music Man is being performed at the Winter Garden Theatre. Click here for the best The Music Man on Broadway tickets and our The Music Man review.

Broadway theaters + Off-Broadway theaters on a map

A clear map with all the theaters in Manhattan can be found here – just click on “FULL MAP” if you want to see more. You can click on each theater on the map to find out everything you need to know!

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I'm a true New York fan! Not only have I visited the city over 20 times but also have I spent several months here at a time. On this blog, I want to share everything I have learned and discovered, so you can have the best time in the greatest city in the world.

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