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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 #9 of 44 attractions in Hartford
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Knoxville, Tennessee
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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

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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Simsbury, CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

The Bushnell, as it is called by us natives, has two halls; the larger hall is the original performance venue with interesting design (just look up and see airplanes on the ceiling), including a large and beautiful sounding built-in organ which we hear too infrequently. The smaller hall is relatively new and boasts wonderful accoustics, enhancing the sound of our... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Beautiful building. We were there with our 2 grown sons and their ladies. We were seated - better description - stuffed into the balcony. The seats are nice but not suited for anyone that isn't slim. We could hear most of the dialogue but were too far away to see the players facial expressions and we missed some laugh lines.... More

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Terryville, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

The acoustics at the Bushnell are superb. I heard Yo-yo ma, Isaac Stern, Jaime Laredo and Emmanuel Ax play Brahms piano quartet no. 1 there and it was breathtaking. The hall resonated beautifully with Ma's cello. Best venue for this type of performance imaginable except for possibly the Pabst in Milwaukee. I have heard symphonies, operas, and Carol King from... More

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Avon, Connecticut
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014 via mobile

Went to see the Book of Mormons at the Bushnell last night. The performance by the touring company was quite good - we saw the Broadway production last year and of course it was better (truly wonderful!), but this group was good. The problem was in the hall itself - acoustics were not good, it seemed all the speakers were... More

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West Babylon, New York, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
27 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

I went to a concert starring Paul Byrom. It was held in the Great Autorino Hall. It is a bright room, with floor to ceilings. The staff very nice. I attended a meet/greet sponsored by CPTV (Cpbn). Had a desssert reception, with plenty of goodies and coffee/tea. When seated in the hall, had front row seat 10 feet from Paul... More

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Manchester, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

I have been to many shows at the Bushnell as well as corporate events. This is a great theater with a nice variety of events/shows. The majority of the employees are volunteers. Corporate events are held on the Mezz level and catered by Max Downtown. Orchestra seats are great when you can afford them! Full service bar serves good strong... More

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Boston, MA
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Came here for a concert/comedy show in February. The venue itself is nice - definitely a historic location that has been kept taken of. The venue itself is good - only real issue is that the seats are rather small and cramped. If going again I would get an aisle seat or one at the front of a section.

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Wallingford, Connecticut
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

War Horse a must see really super delighted! Have to say what a wonderful time we had. The theatre is just beautiful. The interior and the exterior is simply amazing. We had lovely seats, the staff was friendly and very helpful. All and all just a perfect night!

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Mystic, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

First time to the Bushnell in many years and once again impressed by the theatre. Beautiful interior that shows workmanship of a bygone era. The place shows off its beautiful lights and chandeliers, woodwork, and beautiful painted plaster artwork. During intermission, walk around in the many lobbies and side rooms - you will be impressed - the building itself should... More

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