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NYC’s Performing Arts Calendar, Summer 2019

May 29th, 2019 | The Jetset Life

When thinking of performance arts in The Big Apple, we bet that your first response would be Broadway. New York has so much more to offer! This is your ultimate guide to the best venues and performances in NYC this summer.

Where to Go

New York hosts many Off-Broadway performances ranging from opera to Shakespeare, from Cirque du Soleil to ballet. Some of the most popular venues are:

The Joyce Theater

Location: 175 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10011
Joyce Theater focuses mainly on dance, but they do it well. Whatever style you desire to see, this venue will have great performances every time.


Location: 1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128
Catering to a more amateur crowd, 92Y has an interesting offerings, including interactive experiences for the audience. They also host speeches, pottery, music and talks.

Delacorte Theatre

Location: 81 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023
Completely free to enter—but be wary of crowds—the Delacorte Theater is the location of the famous “Shakespeare in the Park.” This outdoor theater is in Central Park and a favorite venue for  to enjoy the summer air.

Lincoln Center

Location: 10 Lincoln Center Plaza, New York, NY 10023
The biggest and most famous venue on our list is the Lincoln Center. It’s the home of the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic. As a result, it has options for whatever you are in the mood and shows almost daily—some are even free!

The Shed

Location: 545 W 30th Street, New York, NY 10001
The Shed has a smaller program than the Lincoln Center, but is just as varied. Do you want to learn some “flexn”? Then, this is the place to visit. They have free and ticketed options.

What to See

With so many places offering such incredible shows, we know it can be hard to decide where to go. We at The Royalton NYC have chosen our three top picks for summer 2019. If these don’t satisfy your cravings, check out the events and performances page on their websites.

Shakespeare in the Park

Location: Delacorte Theater
Date: May 21–June 23, 2019 and July 16–August 11, 2019
This year’s plays are Much Ado About Nothing and Coriolanus. Get there early to get your free tickets.

Cirque du Soleil

Location: Next to Citi Field New York, NY
Date: Present–June 9, 2019
Albeit a clichéd option, Cirque du Soleil’s New York show offers a spectacular insight into Mexican culture.

Savion Glover

Location: The Joyce Theater
Date: July 2–July 9, 2019
Dubbed “the greatest tap dancer who has ever lived” by the New York Times, Savion Glover’s show is sure to have your feet bobbing all the way back home.

Before heading out to these performances, enjoy the Royalton Pre-Theater dinner menu at Forty Four Restaurant.