Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published April 24th 2011
Too often, many people think Broadway is the only place to see top-rated plays, musicals, and shows. Many of the local people, however, know that other theatre venues exist which can provide the same amazing entertainment. Two of these are the Apollo and Imperial Theaters.
Those who live in or near Harlem are most likely already acquainted with the Apollo Theatre. This theatre was saved from disappearing into obscurity by the creation of the Apollo Theater Foundation in 1991. The Apollo has always been known for the contributions made by African-American performers, and thanks to the Foundation, future generations can learn about and experience the best in African-American musicals, plays, and other events.
If you're concerned about going to Harlem, you really shouldn't be. A lot of the community is becoming "gentrified"; that is, it is being turned into a safe, secure place for people to live, work, and enjoy entertainment. A short subway ride will take you to Harlem, and you can continue to the Apollo from there.
The Imperial Theater has a long history. It along with 50 other musical comedy theaters was opened around the turn of the 20th century and a few decades into it. To date, it remains one of the musical comedy houses that have been achieved consistent success since its original opening. The theater seats 1,650, giving local New Yorkers as well as out-of-towners many opportunities to see some of the plays and other events held there.
There are other theaters scattered in and around New York City. The Tribeca neighborhood boasts quite a few, as this is the site of the Tribeca Film Festival which is held every year.
If you're a local or someone who lives in another part of New York City, and for you traveling to the City is almost like taking a vacation, make sure your next one includes catching a show at either one of these two theaters or any of the others New York City has to offer.