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East Coast Theater – Top 5 Interesting Venues

It used to be that all of the biggest East Coast Theater venue scenes were all in New York, seeing how the area has been home to many of the most prominent musical theater productions in the nation, if not the world. However, the growth of touring productions has made it to where more places around the East Coast that are offering prominent musical theater shows.

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More venues around the area are hosting a number of productions including many premieres as well as assorted revivals and classic productions. These venues are expected to become more important to the musical theater world as additional shows come to these places in the future. In addition, these have been offering many features that go beyond the performances to bring more people into the world of musical theater and to experience it for all that it has to offer. Here are some of the most interesting theater venues to check out the next time you find yourself on the east coast.

Paper Mill Playhouse (New Jersey East Coast Theater)

Located in the town of Millburn, the Paper Mill has become especially popular in the theater scene for offering plenty of experiences and opportunities for newcomers in the theater scene. This is especially true considering how the hit Broadway productions “You Can’t Take It With You” and “Newsies” both started at the Paper Mill.

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What’s more is that the Paper Mill has been leading the east coast theater industry with sensory-friendly performances of various shows. These are designed for people with autism and other developmental disabilities who may be uncomfortable with traditional performances. These types of shows are designed to bring in people and families that may not be all that used to musical theater performances too see what they are like and how they are run.

Yale Repertory Theatre (New Haven)

The famed Yale Repertory Theatre, also known as the “Rep”, has grown to become a prominent place for musical east coast theater as well as traditional stage plays. The Binger Center for New Theatre has particularly become important in recent time for working on new concepts and developments for the theater world. This of course, is with the intention of finding new concepts and ideas to bring to theater fans around the world.

Of the more than 90 productions the Rep has created, 10 have received Tony awards after moving on to Broadway, and 4 have earned Pulitzer Prizes for outstanding writing. In 1991, the Rep earned a Tony award for Outstanding Regional Theatre.

American Repertory Theater (Cambridge)

The American Repertory Theater has developed a great reputation in recent time for being a theater home to many great productions in Massachusetts. The immense success of “Finding Neverland” at this theater in Cambridge certainly got many peoples’ attention. Of course, this was established as a part of Harvard’s art program years ago so it should be of no surprise that a place such as this would be dedicated to offering prominent theater productions on the east coast.

Alliance Theatre (Atlanta)

Best known for its premieres of many major theatrical productions like the “Color Purple” and “Aida”, the Alliance Theatre has particularly not only brought out many big shows in recent time but has also encouraged participation in the theater world. This is thanks in part to the Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Competition. This is a major competition that has proven itself to be very important in recent time.

This competition from the theater world is held as young writers are encouraged to submit their musical theater concepts. This in turn helps in the creation of brand new ideas and theater shows as one show from the competition is produced each year by the theater group. This is a popular part of the group that shows that it is interested in promoting the world of theater and is invested in the ongoing evolution of the theater world.

Apollo Theater (Chicago)

The Apollo Theater in Chicago has become a noteworthy place in recent years for its various musicals. Much of what makes the Apollo Theater such a popular place in Chicago comes from the theater focusing on family-friendly productions. This includes not only the development of prominent musical productions but also from some improvisational activities.Apollo east coast theater

These are especially accompanied with classes for those who are interested in getting into the field of improvisational performance. People can learn from classes here about how improvisational musical theater works and how to build one’s skills in this appealing field. The courses have been heralded for being easy to understand and for bringing in more people into this exciting and thrilling world of performance.

If there is one point about these theater venues that can be said it is that they are focused on not only offering more east coast theater productions but also with helping to advance the world of musical theater to make it more prominent and unique in many forms. The impacts that are being made by these many theater production companies are being felt on Broadway and beyond.

Metropolitan Opera – What to Know Before Going

Also known as,” the Met”, the Metropolitan opera is one of the preeminent opera halls in the world. With its top—notch performers and lavish productions, this opera institution in New York has also staged legendary performances for over a century. If you are planning to catch performance at this amazing institution, here are some things you metropolitan opera houseneed to know first.

Being the largest classical music institution in northern part of America, it presents amazing operas’ rotating repertory between late September and May. Each week from Monday to Saturday, this hall stages up-to 7 performances of 4 different works and it also stages a matinee on
Saturdays. The season includes a mix of highly anticipated new productions and opera revivals. For example, the 2012 to 2013 season consisted of 209 productions, with approximately 28 operas.

Where to Get Tickets for the Metropolitan Opera

Tickets to this opera house are always available for individual performances, or for subscriptions – a series of great
performances within the season. You can buy ticket through their website, at the box office, or by phone (212-362-600, Sundays 12pm – 6pm and Mondays to Saturdays 10am – 8pm). It is also important to note that there are no exchanges, cancellations or refunds particularly on single sale tickets.

The organization has adopted a policy of “Dynamic Ticketing”, which inside the met opera housemeans that prices for tickets are determined by demand, seating location and availability and these prices may fluctuate based on various factors. If you are seeking an access to sold-out performances, or reduced price tickets – Standing Room Tickets can be a good option for you. They usually go on sale at around 10am on the performance day. They also offer discount tickets through their students program that requires prior registration with a valid ID.

The Met also offers Rush Tickets with only 200 Orchestra seats for Monday – Thursday performances and weekend performances. You need to purchase a Rush ticket two hours prior to curtain – subject to availability. Lines can sometimes be considerable depending on the opera’s popularity or its stars. The Met offers weekend Rush tickets via an online lottery.

What to See at the the Metropolitan Opera

Met lobby chandeliersWith two amazing dozen operas every season, this opera house offers a wide range of production and styles. In fact, you don’t need to do any research to have a great time at this opera hall. For instance, the grandiose opera house was opened in 1966 to replace the original 1883 opera house located at south of Times Square. Moreover, the lobby spaces contain curvaceous staircases and lines, making various levels appear to flow to one another.

Don’t forget to check out the amazing starburst crystal chandeliers (as seen in the image) and Marc Chagall’s immense paintings flanking the facade of the building. Memorabilia and costumes from its illusions past are also displayed in various parts in the lobby. A portrait gallery of the Metropolitan opera artists is also found on the lobby’s lower level.

With a capacity of 3,975, the auditorium features five levels of seating above the orchestra – ground floor – that include balconies and box seats. With its amazing acoustics, the consideration for the patrons is fairly distance from the sight lines and stage – but it can easily be limited on the extreme sides. In this house, the décor is mainly red velvet, matching the starburst crystal chandeliers, and lots of appealing gold leaf. Actually, one of the thrilling anticipation moment before any performance is watching these crystal chandeliers rise beautifully to the ceiling.

In addition, the auditorium features Met Titles that can be seen at every Standing Room location and on individual screens installed on the seat backs. Met Titles offer simultaneous translations of the operas/artists in multiple languages.

You will also find the Grand Tier Restaurant in this opera house that opens 2 hours before curtain to all ticket-holders for intermission dining and pre-curtain, but you have to make a reservation. You will also find special items, books, CDs, DVDs inspired by the company’s history and Met productions in the Met Opera Shop. This shop opens Monday to Saturday from 10am – 10pm, and Sunday from 12pm – 6pm.

How to Get to the Metropolitan Opera

This house is located between Amsterdam and Columbus Avenues and West 62nd and 65th Streets on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. This opera house is actually part of the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts. For public transit, you can use either a train or bus to get to this location.

Conclusively, it’s a good idea to visit Met’s website for information regarding tickets, prices, and scheduled performances. This is very important especially when prices keep on fluctuating.

For more information on the Met, as well as some of the great performances available this season, don’t forget to check out the Met’s Youtube channel . Here is recap of the Met’s greatest performances for the last few years.

Season 2011-2012

Season 2012-2013

Season 2013-2014

Season 2014-2015

Season 2015-2016