Whether it’s mid-week getaway or a weekend night out on the town, it’s always a great time to plan a theatrical escape. Here’s a look at five of the hautest theaters in Boston to check out a show.
1 Citi Performing Arts Center (Wang Theatre)
Last year, the historic Wang Theatre celebrated its 90th year in show business welcoming acts like Riverdance, Jerry Seinfeld, Diana Ross and even The Dalai Lama over the years. This theater is one of the largest in the country with 3,500 seats and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. What was once a movie “cathedral” that housed vaudeville musicals has emerged into one of the hautest spots for Broadway, music, theater and dance shows coming to town.
270 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
2 Boston Opera House
The home of the Boston Ballet and Nutcracker Christmas performance, the Boston Opera House located near Downtown Crossing was originally constructed in 1928. In 2004, the theater was revamped undergoing a $54 million renovation project. The capacity was reduced from 2,900 to 2,677 to offer more space and comfortable seating along with an expanded orchestra pit. Upcoming performances include Swan Lake, The Sound of Music and Matilda.
539 Washington Street Boston, MA 02111
3 The Wilbur
The Wilbur is one of the more intimate places to catch a performance by a national standup comedian (think Brian Regan, Bill Burr, Dana Carvey and Norm MacDonald) or a live concert in a smaller setting. Everyone from Joe Jackson, Boz Scaggs to the Monkees have performed onstage at this popular Theater District venue.
246 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
4 Cutler Majestic Theatre
One of the oldest theaters in Boston, the Cutler Majestic Theatre opened in 1903 and underwent a massive renovation in 1999. They have retained most of the tradition of the original theater with its ornate gold leaf dome center lobby, stained glass windows and beautiful murals. They host a variety of shows here year round, but one of the most popular is the Christmas Celtic Sojourn.
219 Tremont Street Boston, MA 02116
5 Huntington Theatre Company
Tony award winning actors like Nathan Lane and Victor Garber come to “The Huntington,” as it is known to locals, for an intimate performance. This 34th year features plays like I Was Most Alive with You, Can You Forgive Her? and A Little Night Music. The theater is located between Northeastern University and Copley Square.