In addition to seeing four exciting Broadway plays during the SCR Spring Theatre Tour (May 14-20), theatre enthusiasts will have an opportunity to explore some of the lively city’s attractions. Read on for details about some of the sites you’ll see.
The New Amsterdam Theatre
The oldest operating Broadway theatre opened its doors in 1903 and was immediately hailed as New York City’s most beautiful building. While its first production—A Midsummer Night’s Dream—was a hit, many of the reviewers wrote at length about the city's “House Beautiful” where the play was staged.
Ellis Island opened in 1892 as an immigration station. Located in New York Harbor, and sharing proximity with the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island remained active for more than 60 years until it closed in 1954. Over the course of this immigration hub’s active years, millions of newly arrived immigrants passed through the doors. It has been estimated that about 40 percent of all current U.S. citizens can trace at least one of their ancestors to Ellis Island.
The Met Cloisters
The Cloisters is a branch of the Metropolitan Museum and is located on four acres of Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park next to the Hudson River. This part of the museum is known for the art, architecture and gardens of medieval Europe.
New York Botanical Garden
Founded in 1891, The New York Botanical Garden serves as a museum, as well as a plant research and conservation organization. Now a National Historic Landmark, the garden is one of the most popular in the world and is the largest in any city within the United States. A large part of the mission of the Botanical Garden includes the in-depth education programs in horticulture and plant science in addition to a broad range of research programs of the International Plant Science Center.
National September 11 Memorial & Museum
This non-profit was formed as a memorial to the 2,983 people killed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as individuals who risked their lives to save those in danger and everyone who showed extraordinary compassion in the aftermath of the horrific events. The memorial includes commemoration areas, exhibitions and educational programs in remembrance of the tragic attacks.
One World Observatory
The One World Observatory is located on top of One World Trade Center (also known as the Freedom Tower), the 1,776 foot tall skyscraper, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere. The observatory offers a panoramic, breathtaking view of New York City.
The Iguana Restaurant and Dance Lounge
It’s vintage all the way at this iconic nightspot, where you’ll be transported to the 1920s and ‘30s with great food, exquisite cocktails and dancing to the Grammy Award-winning house band from HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire”—Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks. You’ll enjoy dinner and a show here.
Other tour destinations and special features of the New York City Theatre Tour include a leisurely breakfast and theatre talk and a day dedicated to seeing the museums, as well as a guided walking tour of the beautiful city.