LYRIC THEATRE TODAY
The blending of old and new traditions that was so important in the renovation of the Lyric and Apollo Theatres extended to the new theatre’s inaugural production as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. Ragtime, a musical set in the same Gilded Age that saw the openings of the Lyric and the Apollo Theatres, was presented at the theatre with the assistance of the state-of-the-art techniques and resources of the 1990s.
As the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, the theatre was later home to the second revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s Jesus Christ Superstar and the Tony® Award-winning revival of 42nd Street. As the Hilton Theatre, the theatre housed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Hot Feet, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Pirate Queen, and Mel Brooks’ musical Young Frankenstein. From 2010 to 2014, as the Foxwoods Theatre, the theatre was home to Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,which featured direction by Tony® Award-winner Julie Taymor (The Lion King, Across The Universe, Frida), additional direction by Philip William McKinley (The Boy From Oz), music and lyrics by 22-time Grammy® Award-winners Bono and The Edge, and a book co-written by Taymor, Glen Berger (Underneath The Lintel) and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Fantastic Four and Spider-Man comics, Big Love).
In 2014, the theatre was purchased by the internationally-recognized Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) and restored to its historical name. Under ATG’s ownership and operation, Lyric Theatre housed the Broadway revival of On the Town and a limited engagement of Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games. From 2016 to 2017, Lyric Theatre was the home for Paramour, a Cirque du Soleil musical and the company’s first ever Broadway production. Lyric Theatre is currently undergoing a complete redesign and transformation in preparation for the North American premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.The official opening will be on Sunday, April 22, 2018.