New World Stages is an Off-Broadway five-theater performance venue located in New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. It was originally opened as a cinema on the site of the third Madison Square Garden, transforming over time into the modern performance space it has become. It is currently under the management of the Shubert Organization who operate nearly twenty theaters on and off Broadway.

The five theaters at New World Stages have put on plenty of notable shows over time, including Rent, Heathers: The Musical, iLuminate, A Sherlock Carol, and The Life and Slimes of Marc Summers. Its current lineup includes EMPIRE: The Musical, Gazillion Bubble Show, Katsura Sunshine's Rakugo, Stalker, and The Play That Goes Wrong.

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About New World Stages

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  • Capacity: The New World Stages has a capacity of 1,897 seats.
  • Five theaters: The venue is split into five theaters. Stages 1 and 3 have a maximum seating capacity of 499. Stages 2 and 4 have a capacity of 350. Stage 5 can seat 199 people.
  • Great views: For an immersive experience with great views, opt for seats in the middle rows of the Center Orchestra.
  • Value: For seats that are more affordably priced, try the Mezzanine, particularly seats in the rear or to the sides.
  • Accessibility: Wheelchair-accessible seats are in both levels at the rear. These rows have step-free access.

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  • Address: 340 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, United States
  • Bus: The nearest bus stops are 9th Avenue and West 50th Street, which services the M11 line, and 5th Street and 9th Avenue, which services M50.
  • Subway: The closest station is the 50th St. subway stop which services the A, C, and E lines.
  • Parking: The nearest lot is on West 46th Street. There are additional lots nearby, such as the MPG: Manhattan Plaza Parking and Icon Parking, among several others.
  • Recommended mode of transport: The subway is the quickest way to get to this venue.

Frequently asked questions about New World Stages

What is the history of New World Stages?

Originally opened in 1989 as the Worldwide Cinemas multiplex and later renamed as the Dodger Stages in 2004, the five-theater venue earned its current name, New World Stages, in 2006, following its acquisition by the live entertainment company Stage Entertainment. The Shubert Organization took over ownership in 2014.

What is the address of New World Stages?

Located at 340 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019, United States, you can find your way to this venue via all forms of transport, both public and private, though we highly recommend the subway for a quick, easy, and cost-efficient way to get there.

How many stages are in New World Stages?

The venue has five stages, each a separate venue with its own capacity and seating plan. The total capacity of the space across its five theaters is 1,897 seats. This is split across 499 seats each in Stages 1 and 3, 350 seats each in Stages 2 and 4, and 199 seats in Stage 5.

Is the New World Stages accessible to people using wheelchairs or patrons requiring hearing assistance?

All theaters at this venue are ADA-compliant. The individual theaters have wheelchair-accessible seating with step-free access, though the rest of the theaters are only accessible via steps, not all of which are equipped with handrails. All the theaters are near wheelchair-accessible restrooms as well. Hearing assistance is also available in the form of assistive listening devices and looped technology.

How much do New World Stages tickets cost?

Prices vary depending on the theater, show, season, and more. Tickets to Stalker, currently playing at Stage 3, start at $60.

What is the best place to sit at the New World Stages?

The theaters at this venue are Off-Broadway, which means they are smaller, more intimate venues. No matter where you sit, you're likely to get a decent view of the stage and a relatively more immersive experience. We'd still recommend that you pick seats closer to the front of the auditorium, in the Orchestra, preferably in the Center Orchestra, for the best experience. Some shows might have you straining your neck if you sit too close to the stage, though, so opt for seats starting in Row C leading to the middle rows.

What are some attractions or things to do near the New World Stages?

The five-theater performance space sits comfortably in Hell's Kitchen, surrounded by plenty of places to visit and sights to see. Bookended by the Hudson River and Central Park, the New World Stages is near places like Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, and the Museum of Modern Art, both great stops for art lovers. It is also near iconic venues like Carnegie Hall and buildings like the Rockefeller Center.