ⓘ Theatre at Westbury. The Theatre at Westbury is an entertainment venue located in the hamlet of Jericho, outside of Westbury, New York. Constructed as a theatre ..

Theatre at Westbury

ⓘ Theatre at Westbury

The Theatre at Westbury is an entertainment venue located in the hamlet of Jericho, outside of Westbury, New York. Constructed as a theatre in the round style with seating for 2.870 that was originally developed as a means to present top performers and productions of popular theatrical musicals at a series of venues located in suburban locations on the East Coast of the United States.


1. History

Radio broadcaster Frank Ford and nightclub owner Lee Guber were returning home with their wives after attending a 1954 musical performance presented in a tent. After the two kept commenting on how they could improve on the show they had just seen, Fords wife told them "Well, why dont you". They went ahead with the idea, leading the creation of Music Fair Enterprises, Inc. Together with Shelly Gross, a television news anchor who had become disenchanted with his profession, the three raised $100.000 to lease the Devon, Pennsylvania site of what they named the Valley Forge Music Fair, which brought in profits exceeding $50.000 in its inaugural season in 1955.

An abandoned lime pit in Jericho, New York, a Long Island suburb of New York City, became the site of their second facility, the Westbury Music Fair. The original facility was an uninsulated blue-and-beige striped tent erected in 1956 that could accommodate 1.850, one of many similar tent-based theaters that existed nationwide in the mid-1950s. The tent was erected for $120.000 at a central Nassau County location conveniently located near the Northern State Parkway and the Wantagh State Parkway, though it was also on an approach path for planes landing at what later became John F. Kennedy International Airport, with noise from jet engines of planes overhead occasionally drowning out performers.

With Ford out of the picture, Gross and Guber constructed a theater on the site in 1966 that could fit 3.000 attendees. The new, permanent facility was a concrete building with carpeted floors and 3.000 metal directors chairs. Later, fully upholstered seats were installed. The facility was also climate controlled with heating and air conditioning. The building continued the theater in the round format used in the original tent, which offered clear and close views from all seats and a more intimate proximity to performers, while keeping down production costs as sets could be minimally designed.

In its first year, which featured such performances as a production of The King and I, the theater grossed $230.000. By 1976, revenue had grown more than 50-fold, to $13 million. Ticket prices that had started at $2.50 to $4.50 when the theater opened, had climbed to an average price of $8.75 by 1976.

SFX Entertainment acquired the facility in 1998, and it is now owned and operated by Live Nation. In 2005, North Fork Bank acquired three-year naming rights to the venue; becoming the North Fork Theatre in Westbury. In 2008, the bank was taken over by Capital One. On March 24, 2008, the theater was renamed the Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury. After one year, Capital One dropped naming rights and the venue briefly became known as the Theatre at Westbury. New York Community Bank purchased naming rights in May 2010, with the theater being known as the NYCB Theatre in Westbury starting July 2010.

Among the stars and groups who performed at the suburban theater were The Doors, The Who, Alanis Morissette, The Supremes, The Pointer Sisters, Nina Simone, Chicago, Linda Ronstadt & the Stone Poneys, Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Roger Whittaker, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, George Carlin, Ray Charles, Bill Cosby, Johnny Carson, Sammy Davis, Jr., Sergio Franchi, Alan Jones, Connie Francis, The Carpenters, Bobby Sherman, Steve Vai, Sam Kinison, Britney Spears, N Sync, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, Jonas Brothers, Liza Minnelli, Don Rickles, George Maharis, Vivian Blaine, Frankie Valli, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, John Serry Sr., Frank Sinatra, Jim Norton, Bruce Springsteen, Mike Tyson, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, Bob Weir, RatDog, Chris Isaak, Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, James Hunter, Styx, Weird Al Yankovic & Video Games Live among others. The live tracks on Nina Simones 1968 album Nuff Said! were recorded at the theater three days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

As a theater in the round, it is considered a suitable arena for professional wrestling, as Total Nonstop Action Wrestling has performed shows at the theater.

On April 20. 2014, Shelter Rock Church of Manhasset & Syosset held its Easter services at Theatre at Westbury to a capacity audience.

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  • Philip B.: The Lost Theatres of Dublin Westbury Wiltshire: The Badger Press, 1998 ISBN 0 - 9526076 - 1 - 1. Online The fifth Theatre Royal Dublin History
  • redesigned and reopened as the fourth Theatre Royal in 1897. Ryan, Philip B.: The Lost Theatres of Dublin Westbury Wiltshire: The Badger Press, 1998
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  • other theatres in the round, including Shady Grove Music Fair in Washington, DC, Painters Mill Music Fair in Maryland closed in 1991 and the Westbury Music
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  • five theatre venues. The festival itself takes place in Old Strathcona which has a number of permanent theatres including the Westbury Theatre and Nordic
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  • On August 24, 2008 he joined Ted Nugent on stage at Capital One Bank Theatre at Westbury in Westbury New York. He sang and played guitar with Ted Nugent
  • Live Nation and known as the Capital One Bank Theater at Westbury Among the stars who performed at their suburban theaters were Tony Bennett, Jack Benny
  • charitable services in Scotland. 21 August 2009 Fiona Kennedy At Westbury Theatre Wave of Long Island. Retrieved 23 November 2010 18 March 2003
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  • New York Community Bank Theatre originally established in 1956 as the Westbury Music Fair. The main entrance to SUNY Old Westbury is located in Jericho
  • studio performance of Le Docteur Miracle, alongside Nadine Renaux, Marjorie Westbury and Alexander Young, conducted by Stanford Robinson. He sang in the premiere
  • world - famous gospel singer, Elder Stanley Williams of Grace Temple COGIC in Westbury NY Elder Odolph Wright of City Of Faith COGIC New York and Georgia
  • the Paul Temple serials mysteries that starred Peter Coke and Marjorie Westbury His television roles included two Doctor Who serials The Mind of Evil
  • Salt Lake City UT - July 11, 2002 State Theatre Kalamazoo MI - July 21, 2002 Westbury Music Fair, Westbury NY - July 24, 2002 South Shore Music Circus
  • Staffordshire and made his stage debut at the Finsbury Park Open Air Theatre in 1947. He then appeared on stage in repertory theatre in London s West End and on
  • about TiNA. For the first 3 years, This Is Not Art was directed by Marcus Westbury who had previously been the founding director of The National Young Writers
  • Lesh in Poltergeist 1982 Beatrice Whitney Straight was born in Old Westbury New York, the daughter of Dorothy Payne Whitney of the Whitney family
  • Special Scientific Interest at grid reference SU035336. Victoria County History: Wiltshire: Vol 8, Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdown Hundreds, pp25 - 34

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