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130 West 56th Street, New York, NY 10019


Originally home to an order of Mecca Shriners, The New York City Center became city property in 1940 and was converted into a performing arts center. Underneath its unmistakable Moorish revival dome, the center houses a number of resident companies and is one of the city's most vibrant hubs of off-Broadway musicals, dance and theater.

Upcoming Highlights

  • Dance Theatre of Harlem

    Opens Apr 19

  • The Golden Apple

    Opens May 10

  • Assassins

    Opens Jul 12

  • The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

    Opens Jul 26

  • Really Rosie

    Opens Aug 02

Dance Theatre of Harlem

New York City Center Mainstage

April 19-22, 2017

One of America's most revered dance companies display their immense talents again in a beautifully created and performed show. With their slogan "Power. On Pointe." one can be assured that the Dance Theatre of Harlem isn't just another ballet company - they're committed to pushing the boundaries of the art form, challenging traditional definitions in ballet, and empowering the community through their medium.

The Golden Apple

New York City Center Mainstage

May 10-14, 2017

Encore! once again heads back into Broadway's archives for another long-lost musical; this time, the ambitious modern musical re-imagining of the Iliad and The Odyssey that first premiered in 1954. The Golden Apple introduces us to bored housewife Helen Of Troy, and the heroic, now dashing Ulysses, conquistador of the Spanish-American War. Revamped in a popular opera that would have Homer choking on his hummus, this musical is famous for introducing us to the legendary number Lazy Afternoon.


New York City Center Mainstage

July 12-15, 2017

Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman's Assassins makes a welcome return to the New York stage, as part of the NY City Center's Encores Off-Center season this summer. Helmed by Anne Kauffman of Marvin's Room, the jet-black Tony-winning comedy musical plays for a strictly limited engagement in July, and explores America's deadly history of violence, and obsession with politically motivated murder. From the successful to the failures, all 13 miscreants tell their side of the story.

The Bubbly Black Girl Sheds Her Chameleon Skin

New York City Center Mainstage

July 26-27, 2017

A socially relevant and musical that's both parts sweet and sharp, Kirsten Childs' 2000 autobiographical musical drama remains as topical today as it did 17 years ago! Following the journey of Viveca who always felt different from her white peers from kindergarten and all throughout her life, she moves away from suburban Los Angeles and her life as a dutiful daughter, to the bright lights of Broadway, hoping to make it as a dancer, all while facing prejudice and obstacles due to her face. Navigating the ever-changing politics of race and class, she finally learns to be herself in a world that is predominantly white-centered.

Really Rosie

New York City Center Mainstage

August 2-5, 2017

​New York City Centre close out their new Encores! season with Maurice Sendak and Carole King's Really Rosie. This sweet, family-friendly show first premiered Off-Broadway in 1980, and has since become a mainstay of children's theatre groups worldwide. Combining the Where the Wild Things Are writer's empathy for his young protagonists and Carole King's unmatched talent for sparkling pop melodies, it's a whipsmart musical that never once talks down to its young audience.

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