New Amsterdam Theater-new York Theater
In the heart of the theatre district the New Amsterdam Theater calls West 42nd Street its home. Downtown New Yorkers may be able to recall bits and pieces of the historical lineage of the marvelous structure. The present day fa?ade is traditional Broadway theatre all the way. With presentations such as King David and The Lion King and a seating capacity close to1,800 the New Amsterdam Theater is a must see for anyone living in or visiting New York City. Traditionally built in 1903, by Klaw and Erlanger, the New Amsterdam Theater was affected poorly by the depression and closed its doors in 1936. Used as a movie theater for many years and finally left for dead the New Amsterdam Theater has had its fair share of ups and downs. As any great structure goes the New Amsterdam Theater could not stay down for long before someone with an immense amount of love, compassionate insight, and quite a large chunk of change came to rescue it from certain ruin. The New Amsterdam Theater was resurrected and revived in style in 1997 by the Disney Corporation. A mission of love and an outpouring of funds rolled the once beautifully majestic theater back into its rightful place in production theater history. From the days when voices from Othello and A Midsummer Nights Dream first wafted through the rafters of this traditional theater house until the present day, the New Amsterdam Theater has been a successful part of New York's cultural and theatrical history. Tickets can be purchased online in advance or the night of the show in some cases but everyone should make it a point to see the New Amsterdam Theater in all its present day glory. If a trip to New York is not in your future there is a stunning coffee table book available that takes you through the life of the New Amsterdam Theater in exquisitely illustrated style.