Originally the Martin Beck Theatre, this spectacular building was renamed in 2003 when it was purchased from the Beck family. When it opened in 1924 to great acclaim, it proceeded to be the venue for some of Broadway's best-loved shows for decades, including Pirates of Penzance, Romeo and Juliet, The Crucible, Guys and Dolls, Hair and many more. Vast and opulent, it has seating for over 1400 for performances, with as many as 200 dressing rooms for actors backstage.
If booking last minute, consider attending a weekday or matinee for cheaper tickets. If you're feeling particularly lucky, the show's website runs a daily ticket lottery, which offers $40 tickets for that day's performance. Winners are notified via email three hours before showtime. A limited number of standing-room tickets ($30) may also be offered at the box office (subject to availability, usually only for sold-out shows).
The current production, Kinky Boots, was adapted from a 2005 British indie film, and is Harvey Fierstein and Cyndi Lauper’s smash hit. It tells the story of a doomed English shoe factory unexpectedly saved by Lola, a business-savvy drag queen. Its solid characters and electrifying energy have not been lost on critics: the musical won six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2013.