Lyric Theatre Broadway
New York, NY
Working alongside the Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), producers Sonia Friedman and Colin Callender, production designers Christine Jones, Brett J. Banakis, and Gary Beestone, Charcoalblue and their team have significantly remodeled Broadway’s Lyric Theatre to receive the Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.
Rebuilt in 1998 as the Foxwoods Theatre, the Lyric was a 1,930-seat room on the site of the 1903 Apollo and Lyric theatres, and was the second largest theatre on Broadway.
In order for the theatre to meet the producer’s requirements for intimacy and excitement in the telling of the latest Harry Potter tale, ATG’s inspiration was to create a brand-new theatre inside the existing Lyric theatre chamber, reducing the auditorium’s volume and capacity to achieve the needed intimacy between audience and performers.
“We are proud that Broadway audiences are going to experience the beautifully renovated Lyric Theatre… we couldn’t have asked for a better group of collaborators.”
Mark Cornell, CEO Ambassadors Theatre Group
Charcoalblue pulled a world-class team together featuring frequent collaborators Marvel Architects, McLaren Structural Engineers, Thomas Polise MEP engineers as well as wonderful contractors Yorke Construction, and Hudson Scenic as their specialist auditorium finishes provider.
The team responded to ATG’s inspirational brief by proposing a dramatically reshaped auditorium with new,
narrower side walls, new audience boxes and an extension of the dress circle now sweeping around the room and placing the front row much nearer the stage. The room is completed with an arched, lower ceiling seamlessly integrating technical aspects of the show and significantly improving the room acoustics.
Ambassadors Theatre Group