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Top 5 New York Performing Arts Venues

29th March 2012

New York presents a diverse range of world-class entertainment – from the biggest names in popular music, through to inspiring opera performances and contemporary ballet. When planning your next trip to New York, definitely check out the cultural offerings at the time of your holiday and book tickets in advance.

Here are the top five performing arts venues and entertainment areas in New York.


Times Square - the heart of New York's Theatre District

Carnegie Hall
Carnegie Hall was built by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie in 1891 and today is one of the world’s foremost concert venues – regularly hosting classical and popular music concerts. There are several auditoriums within the complex including the Main Hall, which seats 2,804 people, the Zankel Hall and the more intimate Weill Recital Hall.

Madison Square Garden
New York’s premiere arena venue, Madison Square Garden opened in 1968 and is used for both sporting events and live music performances. As a concert venue, MSG can hold can hold up to 20,000 enthusiasts – Britney Spears famously sold out the venue several times.

Lincoln Centre for the Performing Arts
Situated on the Upper West Side, the Lincoln Centre is a collection of 29 indoor and outdoor performance venues including the Metropolitan Opera House where world-class opera performances are staged and the Avery Fisher Hall, which is home to the New York Philharmonic. The David H. Koch Theatre was constructed as the home of the New York City Ballet.

Radio City Music Hall
Located within the Rockefeller Centre, the Radio City Music Hall was formally opened in 1932 and has 5,931 seats for eager spectators. The stage itself is 20-metres deep and 144-metres wide. While in the past the Hall was used for film screenings, the focus today is live performances and concerts. The Grammy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards are held at Radio City.

The famous street, between 42nd and 53rd Street, is the centre of New York’s theatre district. On any one night, internationally-renowned actors perform in hit theatre shows and legendary musicals are performed to sell-out houses. Experiencing a Broadway show is mandatory for all visitors to New York.