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Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

166 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06100
860-987-5900, 888-824-2874
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Ranked #8 of 44 Attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters
Traveler Description: The Bushnell theatre is Hartford's premier theatre destination. Many traveling productions of popular Broadway shows stop in Hartford. Some shows... more »
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new england
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

old elegance, comfortable seating, able to see from all seats. parking not bad. safe area. thoroughly enjoyable.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My husband and I have attended many stage plays at The Bushnell and they never disappoint, These include Lion King,Sound of Music, Cats, Phantom of the Opera and The Book of Mormon.

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Windsor Locks, CT
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

There is not a bad seat in the house. If you like broadway shows but cannot go to NY, this is the next best thing. I prefer the Bushnell as its not as crowded or hard to get to as NY broadway shows are. Plenty of parking and great entertainment.

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Los Angeles, CA
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22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

After having toured the Old State House where we learned a lot about the History of Hartford and Connecticut it was very cool to see and be able to pay respects to some of the key figures we had learned about earlier. We weren't there at the right time for a tour which I'm sure would have made us appreciate... More

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south windsor, ct
20 reviews 20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

I've been to several shows at the Bushnell recently, and it's always exciting to go into the 'city' at night and see a play, musical or a concert. It's smaller than the major Broadway theaters, so you have a good chance of getting a seat with a good view instead of sitting a mile away! The parking is very easy... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I attended a conference at the Bushnell and there were breakout sessions in the two theaters and then in a meeting room on the top floor. It was a lovely venue with great acoustics. Staff was attentive and friendly.

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Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I recently attended a concert at the Bushnell and it was a really nice venue. We saw virtuoso guitarist Joe Bonamassa perform and it was an amazing show. The Bushnell was charming, comfortable and aesthetically pleasing. My girlfriend got her wine and I got my Jack Daniels in the upstairs lounge and we settled into our seats in the front... More

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Stratford, Connecticut, United States
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84 reviews 84 reviews
12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We were in the theater section of the Center - mezzanine. Love the ambience - art deco with some updates. Comfy seats, pleasant ushers, with good attitudes (all volunteers). Free parking across the street for events (welcome!). First time there (we live closer to New Haven and New York), won't be our last.

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Westchester County, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
15 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

We got tickets to the Hartford Symphony Orchestra concert called Playing with Food. The Bushnell is impressive. The seats were comfortable. The painted ceiling is interesting and there is a huge Chihuly chandelier in an adjoining room. We got seats in the fifth row about 10 seats from the right wall. The acoustics were very good. Carolyn Kuan is a... More

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Concord, New Hampshire
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44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

My wife and I went here to see the Book of Mormon a couple of weeks ago. We went hear instead of to one of the shows in Boston because it was only an hour's further drive from our home in NH and the tickets were half the price. Our show was packed but I didn't feel like we were... More

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