Foxwoods Theater


The Foxwoods Theatre (HILTON) is a Broadway theatre located at 213 West 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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(formerly the "Hilton Theatre" and "Ford Center for the Performing Arts)
The Foxwoods Theatre was built in 1996-98 on the site of the Apollo and Lyric Theatres. The Lyric was built in 1903 and hosted such notable shows as Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen until it was converted to a movie theatre in 1934. The Apollo, constructed in 1920, housed the Gershwin musical Strike Up the Band and George White's Scandals, among other works, but was also turned into a film venue by the early 1930s. A brief return to use as a legitimate theatre in the late 1970s proved unsuccessful, and the venue ended its existence as the Academy nightclub.
By the early 1990s, after being neglected and falling into serious disrepair, both theatres were condemned. They were among the 42nd Street theatres repossessed by the City and State of New York in 1990, and fell under the protection of the New 42nd Street organization in 1992.
In 1996, the theatres were leased by Livent and demolished. However, certain major architectural elements and structures were protected under landmark status; these were carefully removed from the buildings, stored, and incorporated into the new theatre. Today, patrons visiting the Foxwoods Theatre sit under the dome from the Lyric and proscenium arch from the Apollo, and pass through the ornate Lyric facades on 43rd and 42nd Streets.

The theatre has been renamed the "Foxwoods Theatre" as of August 2010, under an agreement with Foxwoods Resort Casino and Live Nation.
The theatre opened as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on January 26, 1998 with a musical version of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime. In 2005, the venue was completely renovated and renamed the Hilton for the US premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
After the closing of Young Frankenstein on January 4, 2009, the theatre was vacant throughout 2009. The production of the new musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was anticipated to open in February 2010, but problems surrounding the large budget of the show (estimated at $68 million) postponed the opening. The production team has since acquired funding and Spider Man is currentl open (the scheduled was to open in February 2011).

Famous past productions:
1998: Ragtime
2000: Jesus Christ Superstar
2001: 42nd Street
2005: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
2006: Hot Feet; Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
2007: The Pirate Queen; Young Frankenstein
2008: Young Frankenstein
2010: Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark