|Venue name:||Lyric Theatre|
214 W 43rd St
|Cross street:||between Seventh and Eighth Aves|
|Transport:||Subway: A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority; N, Q, R, 42nd St S, 1, 2, 3, 7 to 42nd St–Times Sq|
This 1,821-seat venue was created in 1996-98 by combining the adjacent Apollo and Lyric Theatres (themselves built in 1903 and 1920, respectively). Originally named the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, the Hilton was rechristened in 2005 for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Recent seasons have not been so kind to this massive, lavish barn, which feels more like a Cincinnati civic center than a Broadway house. Mel Brooks's Young Frankenstein was a flop but the newest resident is a megabudget musical about Spider-Man.