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Favorite/least favorite Broadway Theater

Matt1
Featured Actor
joined:5/10/13
What is your favorite/least favorite Broadway theater to see a show in?
lupone76
Featured Actor
joined:12/9/11
I would say my least favorite would be the Lyceum and my favorites are the Broadway, Majestic, Imperial,
Matt1
Featured Actor
joined:5/10/13
Marriot Marquee and Palace are my least favorite. Imperial is my favorite.
rorschach37
Broadway Star
joined:4/3/10
The St. James is where I saw my first Broadway show and will always hold a special place in my heart. The Barrymore and Hirschfeld are other favorites of mine. I don't much care for the Brooks Atkinson or the Helen Hayes.
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bronxgal
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joined:9/13/08
i'm in a wheelchair so i'm basing this on wheelchair seats

fav...palace theatre, august wilson, and golden theatre
least fav...nederlander and marquee
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jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Especially given the high quality of shows there lately, but really just the beauty and aura of the theatre, the Music Box.

Least? Maybe the Marquis, maybe the Lunt-Fontanne, the newer, larger ones I guess. But I don't really dislike any of the theatres.

The Lyceum is the least comfortable but is beautifully historic, so I can't fault it for the discomfort (or the racist balcony.)
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
madlibrarian
Broadway Star
joined:8/15/06
Not to quarrel, but how is a balcony racist?
Broadway61004
Stand-by
joined:4/14/11
I second (or third) the Marquis as my least favorite--there's just something about seeing a Broadway show in a hotel that makes it seem tacky.

Favorite is tough--probably the Booth, Rodgers or Sondheim. But I also love going to the WilsonHirschfield just for their displays.
wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
Least favorites: Golden and Marquis.

Favorite: The Barrymore: lots of great experiences there over the past six years.
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jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
madlibrarian - the Balcony level at the Lyceum has a different staircase to access it than the Mezzanine. It is a vestige of the old, racist days when the Balcony had a separate entrance altogether, which thankfully is no longer the case.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
chrisampm2
Broadway Star
joined:5/26/07
Jnb, did people of other races - or other classes - frequent the balcony?
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jackieoh
Stand-by
joined:5/30/13
Favorite: Booth
Least Favorite: John Golden
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N2N Nate.
Broadway Star
joined:7/11/13
The Palace is my favorite. Don't have a least favorite.
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Bettyboy72
Broadway Legend
joined:3/31/06
Favorite-smaller houses-Booth, Helen Hayes, Music Box, Walter Kerr.

HATE-Gershwin, Palace, Marquis, Broadway.
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taboo123
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/05
anything where i cant fit in a seat or have to bring my knees in and sit in a fetal position for 2 hours.

madlibrarian
Broadway Star
joined:8/15/06
Thank you, jnb. Many an old West End theater still has a separate entrance for orchestra and balcony; presumably class and not race was once the point of such segregation.
wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
It is the fact that separate entrances were required by the fire laws and not intended as either racist or class-ist.
madlibrarian
Broadway Star
joined:8/15/06
Aha! Ta, Wonkit.
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theatredk
Chorus Member
joined:10/26/06
The Gershwin, Minskoff & The Marquis
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kdogg36
Leading Actor
joined:9/13/07
I love the Al Hirschfeld for its beautiful and unique interior. I agree with many that the Lyceum is the worst.
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jnb9872
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joined:11/24/08
That's good to know, wonkit, if so. And yeah, mad, your point is not moot. Classist is probably the better term for what I intended to imply, though racist more often than not was likely a rather dramatic side effect.

And, of course, it is my never my intention to describe the balcony structure in and of itself as harboring any prejudicial views. I just always used the shorthand as a way of describing it, because (I believe) it is the only theatre left with such a feature and is the oldest one as well; as a link to another time I find it fascinating.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
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Swing
joined:6/1/11
LEAST FAVORITES
Gershwin and Marquis: no style at all, just a box.
The balcony in the St. James: you need oxygen up there.

Updated On: 8/6/13 at 10:04 AM
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suestorm
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joined:1/15/13
its pretty unanimous it seems at least in the hate. I hate the Marquis and also the Minskoff. my faves are the Belasco with its tiffany glass and the Music Box
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JBroadway
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joined:4/6/12
I've mostly had good experiences in the theatres I've been in, but my least favorite was definitely when i sat in the balcony at the Broadway Theatre. I felt like I was miles away from the stage. it was hard to even concentrate on the show.
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broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
I love the Belasco!

My least favorite for looks is probably either Foxwoods or Marquis.
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jnb9872
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joined:11/24/08
Oh yes, good call on the Belasco. The restoration of that one is plum gorgeous.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.

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