The Town Hall
123 West 43rd Street (between 6th Ave & Broadway)
Suffragists founded it, Marian Anderson sang here, Garrison Keillor likes to stop by for a few yarns about Minnesota, and numerous NYC school children have their first theatrical experience here.
Founded in 1921, The Town Hall is a non-profit National Historic site in the heart of NYC's theatre district, with a line-up that features events ranging from world music, to its critically acclaimed Broadway by the Year, and more.
For the past three decades, the hall has flourished as a popular, affordable venue, boasting the hottest acts in music, comedy and dance, including Billy Joel, Robin Williams, Wanda Sykes, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Norah Jones, Joe Jackson, Regina Spector, and Aimee Mann to name a few.
B.B. King Blues Club & Grill
236 West 42nd Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues)
Delicious cuisine meets top-notch concert entertainment in B.B. King’s popular blues club, heralded as one of New York City’s best live performance venues. An intimate space with a genuine downtown feel, the club is a great place to catch your favorite rap, rock, blues, jazz and pop acts.
239 West 52nd Street (between Broadway and Eighth Ave)
One of a handful of the remaining ‘original’ Times Square ballrooms, Roseland opened its original New York location on 51st Street and Broadway in 1919. The first Roseland in Philadelphia was owned by Louis Brecker and Frank Yuengling, the owner of a Pennsylvania brewery. In 1956, Brecker moved the facility to its current location, a converted indoor ice skating ring on West 52nd Street. A popular dance spot throughout its lifetime, it added a disco in the seventies to keep up with the times. The ballroom remained in the Brecker Family until 1981 when it was sold to Albert Ginsberg. It has since received further renovations but has retained traditional ballroom dancing lights and remains a tremendously popular concert venue.
Carolines on Broadway
1626 Broadway (between 49th and 50th Streets)
Located in the heart of Times Square, Carolines on Broadway, one of America’s premier comedy nightclubs, presents the best live entertainment seven nights a week, 365 days a year. Just steps from many of the finest Broadway theaters, Carolines provides the sort of brilliant performances one has come to expect on the legendary Great White Way.
Carolines first opened as a cabaret in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood in 1981. Owner Caroline Hirsch, a lifelong comedy fan, soon began booking comedians. The comedy acts – which included now legendary performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Tim Allen, Rosie O’Donnell and Jay Leno – were a tremendous success, and Carolines soon became a full-fledged comedy club.
The relocation of Carolines to Times Square has enabled the club to present the very best comedians in a sophisticated, state-of-the-art nightclub, bringing the comedy experience to new heights. Carolines continues to present the biggest and brightest stars in entertainment, reaffirming its position as the home of The Funniest Show on Broadway.
Iridium Jazz Club
1650 Broadway (at 51st Street)
The Iridium Jazz Club has been thrilling International jazz fans since 1994. Now located at 1650 Broadway at 51st Street, in the heart of a historic jazz neighborhood, the Iridium features a state of the art sound system conceived by legendary guitarist Les Paul, for a stellar roster of jazz artists.
The club also supplies excellent cuisine, outstanding service, and an intimate and visually exciting interior designed by Larry Bogdanow. The New York Times calls it "one of New York's major jazz clubs." Major releases have been recorded live at Iridium by such artists as Jacky Terrasson, The Jazz Messengers, Sweets Edison, and Clark Terry.
349 West 46th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues)
This popular Restaurant Row supper club draws throngs to its dance floor with first-rate jazz, swing, blues and gospel acts. Popular with theatergoers and also with Broadway musicians, who will sometimes make guest appearances after the curtains have closed on the Great White Way. Swing lessons are on the house.
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