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Vivian Beaumont Theatre Information:

Location: New York, New York
Address: 150 W. 65th St.
Capacity: approx 1100
Opened: 1965

The Vivian Beaumont Theatre doesn't resemble its stately and opulent cousins on the Broadway stretch, but it has been home to some of the biggest productions in legitimate theatre. The venue opened in 1965 and was named after renowned philanthropist Vivian Beaumont, who covered half of the construction cost of the new playhouse. At full capacity, the performance hall could hold 1,140 seats and featured an oval-shaped arrangement to give audience members a clear view of the action onstage. It was designed by veteran set designer Jo Mielziner and architect Eero Saarinen, who created a delightfully intimate setting for dramas and comedies. The theatre was initially opened by the Repertory Company of Lincoln Center and has been rented and managed by several different organizations over the years, going dark sporadically throughout its history. In 1985, the Lincoln Center Theatre took over operation of the venue, and after a 1996 renovation, it became one of the preferred legitimate theatre sites in the Big Apple.

The venue's first production in 1965 was a revival of Georg Büchner's Danton's Death, a play detailing the frenzy of the French Revolution. While the show had a great cast featuring James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach and Robert Symonds, it didn't prove to be popular with audiences. The Vivian Beaumont Theatre would go on to host a number of these small productions and gain a reputation of offering Off-Broadway productions a chance to shine.

The Vivian Beaumont Theatre's productions ran the gamut from dramas to comedies put on by the Repertory Company of Lincoln Center. After many strong years, the venue would play host to Joseph Papp's New York Shakespeare Festival, which produced new plays as well as classics, from 1973-1977 and be rented out to a number of outside producers. In 1983, the playhouse would participate in a special moment in Broadway history with La Tragédie de Carmen, Peter Brook's condensed version of Bizet's opera Carmen. While it only lasted 187 performances, it would earn a Special Tony Award for its brilliant concept. The performance hall's greatest success proved to be the musical Contact, which debuted in 2000. Susan Stroman's pop and classical music-infused production won the Tony Award for Best Musical and became the longest-running show at the venue with 1,010 performances.

While young by Broadway standards, the Vivian Beaumont Theatre has built a reputation of variety and innovation that has a special place in the hearts of theatre buffs everywhere.

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