The borough of Queens, in New York City and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island, are home to some of the nicest venues, featuring theatrical and musical entertainment, at prices that wont break the bank.
Average prices for performances range from $15 to $100, not bad for a night of entertainment without the hassles of battling Manhattan. What's more, depending on your mood, these venues range in atmosphere from small intimate theaters to college campus spaces that seat hundreds. Take a look at some of this season's line ups at the various arts centers below which include children's theater, famous Broadway shows, musical concerts, HD simulcasts, dance and lectures.
1. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center
1 South Avenue
Garden City, NY 11530
2. Bay Street Theatre
The Long Wharf
Sag Harbor, New York
Box office: (631) 725-9500
Administrative office: (631) 725-0818
3. BroadHollow Theatre Company
3A) BayWay Arts Center
265 East Main Street East Islip
3B) Studio Theatre
141 South Wellwood Avenue
3C)Broad Hollow Elmont
700 Hempstead Turnpike
4. Chappell Players Theater Group
8000 Utopia Pkwy
Jamaica, NY 11439
Upcoming productions include: Boeing Boeing Performances Feb 15-17, 2018 @ 8PM) and Sideways Stories from Wayside School Performances March 22 @ 8pm and 3/24 @2pm) Click Here for events schedule.
6. Clare Rose Playhouse at St. Joseph’s College
155 W. Roe Blvd.
Patchogue, NY 11772
The playhouse serves as a major teaching facility for the College's theater courses and is a training ground for young actors. Year–round, the stage hosts the production of children's theatre, storytelling, theatre for the deaf and an intimate forum for local playwrights and poets. Click Here for events schedule.
7. Gild Hall Center for the Visual and Performing Arts
158 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
Phone: (631) 324-0806
Upcoming performances include JDT Lab: Small Among Infinite Stars (Feb. 3), The Met: Live in HD – Donizetti's L’Elisir d’Amore (February 10 at 12pm), and The Met: Live in HD – Puccini's La Bohème
(February 24 at 12:30pm). Click Here for events schedule.
7. Hofstra University Theatres
1000 Fulton Avenue
Hempstead, NY 11549
7A) JOHN CRANFORD ADAMS PLAYHOUSE:
Hofstra alumnus Francis Ford Coppola directed his first production, a play called The Delicate Touch, on the stage of what is now known as the Toni and Martin Sosnoff Theater at the John Cranford Adams Playhouse. This 1,105-seat theater is home to many of Hofstra’s theatrical, musical, dance and lecture events. It also serves as a rental venue for local, national and international productions, conferences, performing arts companies, lectures, school events and church groups.
7B) JOAN & DONALD SCHAEFFER BLACK BOX THEATER:
The Department of Drama and Dance’s Joan & Donald Schaeffer Black Box Theater is located on the second floor of the Shapiro Family Hall. This space offers state-of-the-art technology in an intimate setting between the performer and the audience, with maximum seating of 300. Features include a customizable lighting grid and catwalk, as well as a seating plan that can change depending on the desire of the production staff.
7C) THE HELENE FORTUNOFF THEATRE AT MONROE LECTURE CENTER:
Inside the Monroe Lecture Center, you will find The Helene Fortunoff Theater, which is home to many Hofstra Cultural Center events, including string quartet, chamber ensemble and jazz ensemble performances. For information, call 516-463-5669 or visit hofstra.edu/culture.
7D) EMILY AND JERRY SPIEGEL THEATER:
This 96-seat theater is designed to mimic an off-Broadway showcase house. It’s primarily used for departmental productions initiated by upperclassmen who mount plays in which they act with or direct other undergraduates. These productions – often monologues -- are student generated with modest production support from the department.
7E) LEO A. GUTHART CULTURAL CENTER THEATER:
The seating capacity of the Guthart theater is 132. The Hofstra Cultural Center hosts lectures and panels in this space and on occasion musical performances and films. Examples include Great Writers, Great Readings; Issues in Judaism Lecture Series; Italian American Lecture Series; and keynote addresses for symposiums.
7F) STUDENT CENTER THEATER, SONDRA AND DAVID S. MACK STUDENT CENTER:
This space seats 334 people. It is used for small musical band performances, keynote or well-known speakers, panel discussions for events such as our Presidential Conferences, and its projection booth and screen make it perfect for showing films.
8. John W. Engeman Theatre
250 Main Street
Upcoming performances include Once (Jan. 18 - Mar. 4), In The Heights (Mar 15 - Apr 29) and Singing in the Rain (May 17 - Jul 1). Click Here for events schedule.
9. Kupferberg Center for the Arts at Queens College
65-30 Kissena Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11367-1597
Box Office: 718.793.8080
Upcoming performances include Piano Battles (Two Pianists, Six rounds, Chopin Vs. Liszt, Debussy vs. Schubert, Black vs. White) (Feb. 3), Santiago Cruz "Tour Interplanetario," (Feb 17), El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico (Mar 2). Click Here for events calendar.
10. Madison Theatre at Molloy College
100 Hempstead Avenue
Rockville Centre, NY 11530
Upcoming performances include A History of Rock & Roll Salutes Motown (Feb 3), Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky (Feb 10), A Fine Romance: A Swingtime Big Band Valentine (Feb 11). Click Here for events calendar.
11. North Fork Community Theatre
12700 Old Sound Avenue
Upcoming performances include: Next to Normal (Jan 19- Mar. 4) and ‘You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Mar. 8-25). Click Here for events schedule.
12. Performing Arts at Five Towns College
305 North Service Road
Dix Hills, NY 11746
Upcoming performances include All My Sons (Mar 16-18), Spring Awakening (Apr 26-29) and Evening of Jazz (May 4). Click Here for events schedule.
13. Queensborough Performing Arts Center
222-05 56th Ave
Bayside, NY 11364
Upcoming performances include Teatro Lirico D'Europa: Madama Butterfly (Feb.25), The Showroom at QPAC
Kim Russo – The Happy Medium (Mar. 10) and In The Mood (Mar. 18). Click Here for events schedule.
14. Queens Theatre in the Park
14 United Nations Ave S,
Corona, NY 11368
Phone: (718) 760-0064
Click Here for events calendar.
15. Smithtown Performing Arts Center
2 East Main Street
Smithtown, NY 11787
Upcoming shows include Shakespeare in Love, Mamma Mia, DreamGirls and A Chorus Line. Click Here for events calendar.
16. Theatre Three
412 Main Street
Port Jefferson, NY
17. The Gateway Performing Arts Center of Suffolk County
215 South Country Road
Average price for tickets $60.
18. The Lively Arts at Suffolk County Community College
500 Wicks Road
Brentwood, New York 11717
19. The Noel S. Ruiz Theatre at CM Performing Arts Center
931 Montauk Highway
20. Tilles Center for Performing Arts
720 Northern Blvd,
21. The Vanderbilt Carriage House Theater
180 Little Neck Road
22. Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
76 Main Street
Westhampton Beach, NY
Box Office: 631.288.1500
Here's to great performances!!