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New York: Specialized Theater Companies

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New York Theater: Specialized Theaters, Festivals and other Theatrical Events in New York

New York has great specialized theaters - classic plays and musicals, Irish plays, etc. - as well as great theater festivals. And some of the best New York Theater cannot be categorized – just enjoyed! Below are our recommendations, with information on location, ticket prices, transportation/parking, theater history and other points of interest.

Classical Theatre of Harlem

Founded in 1999 and dedicated to presenting the classics in Harlem, CTH has, to date, produced plays by such greats as Euripides, Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Samuel Beckett, Jean Genet, Langston Hughes, Derek Walcott, and August Wilson. CTH combines non-traditional casting, original adaptations, music, and dance in innovative productions of time-honored works. Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Medea, Trojan Women, Three Sisters, …more…

Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert

It’s a sign of Encores’ success and longevity that it has already begun to outrun its mission. Launched in 1994 as a staged concert series dedicated to presenting in their full glory the original scores of seldom-produced musicals, Encores! spent its early years reviving shows like Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro, Cole Porter’s Out of This World, and Irving Berlin’s Call …more…

Irish Repertory Theatre

Under the leadership of Charlotte Moore and Ciaran O’Reilly, the Irish Rep specializes in presenting revivals and adaptations of works that are Irish in terms of authorship and/or characters and subject matter. The Irish Rep’s most notable productions in its intimate theater on West 22nd Street have included Eugene O’Neill’s The Emperor Jones, George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, Dylan Thomas’s A Child’s …more…

Ma-Yi Theater Company

Ma-Yi is an Obie Award-winning company with the primary mission of developing new plays by Asian American writers. Founded in 1989, Ma-Yi takes its name from the term used by ancient Chinese traders to refer to the group of islands known today as the Philippines. (The name was chosen in recognition of the vibrant culture that existed in Ma-Yi prior to …more…

Mint Theater Company

Many New York Off- and Off-Off Broadway theater companies do a fine job of presenting classic plays and musicals, including the Classic Stage Company, Encores!, Musicals Tonight, the Pearl Theatre Company and the York Theatre Company—but no company does classic theater programming more innovatively than the Mint Theater Company on W. 43rd Street.

Under the motto “lost plays found here” …more…

Musicals Tonight!

This is one of several small, Off-Broadway theater companies known for bare-bones, semi-staged productions of certain old musicals that are highly unlikely to receive major revivals. Since its inception in 1998, Mel Miller’s company has presented such rarities as Calendar Girl (Kern and Wodehouse), By the Beautiful Sea (Schwartz and Fields), Dearest Enemy (Rodgers and Hart), Goldilocks (Walter & Jean Kerr), …more…

New York Musical Theatre Festival (New York, NY)

(July 9 – July 29, 2012)

New York Musical Theatre Festival Information

Venues: 47th Street Theatre (304 West 47th Street); The Peter Norton Space (555 West 42nd Street); TBG Theater (312 West 36th Street); McGinn/Cazale Theatre (2162 Broadway); The Theatre at Saint Clements (423 West 46th Street)
Public Transportation: All venues are easily accessible by both bus and subway
Handicapped Accessibility: Good at all venues
Performances/Programs: More than 30 new musicals, plus well over …more…

Shakespeare in the Park (New York, NY)

(June 5 – August 25, 2012) Every summer, the Public Theater takes its act uptown, bringing theater to all of New York with its free productions at the Delacorte Theatre in gorgeous Central Park. Shakespeare in the Park (formerly called the New York Shakespeare Festival) usually consists of two productions; one is always a play by the Bard and the other is usually either something from the classical repertoire or a modern classic. ...more...

York Theatre Company

The York Theatre Company’s two-part mission is to develop new musicals and to preserve old ones. To realize the first part, the York facilitates dozens and dozens of free readings of new shows each year and devotes its mainstage to producing brand new musicals. As far as preserving the old tuners goes, the York Theatre’s “Musicals in Mufti” series has …more…