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“BAM OPERA HOUSE AND BAM HARVEY THEATER” 4 of 5 stars
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Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
718-636-4100
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Owner description: Founded in 1859, this performing arts center is the oldest institution of its type still in operation in the United States.
Brooklyn, New York
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“BAM OPERA HOUSE AND BAM HARVEY THEATER”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Going to BAM is always an experience, as they attract productions that just don't make it to the big Broadway houses. Sometimes for $20 you can see major Broadway and Hollywood stars. I saw Kevin Spacey last year and Kate Blanchett the year before.

The Opera House is a vast space (2200 seats I think) but has amazing acoustics, so you can always hear whatever the performance is. I prefer the Mezzanine, as the view of the stage is great, even from end of the row seats, as they curve around and are not parallel with the stage. I saw The Nutcracker performed by ABT just before Christmas and it was great.

But the Harvey is THE theater. If you have not been before, be prepared to be wowed and after their annual closure last summer, they have now replaced the seats in the orchestra with much better padded ones and arm rests ... finally you can comfortable ! I saw The Suit, which was just fabulous - only 75 minutes and each one was perfect. No wonder it received a standing ovation, with many patrons mopping up a tear or two. And it's so easy to reach from Manhattan .. the 2 3 4 5 lines are literally around the corner from the Harvey and you can add on the Q R N D at Atlantic Avenue for the Opera House. There is no excuse not to go.

And there is something called the BAMBus which runs only FROM there after the performance, with a published route up the east side and down the west side of Manhattan. My friends swear by it and feel it rounds off the evening well.

Visited February 2013
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“Interesting Performance Space”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2013

We attended two operas here last weekend, seated in the mezzanine both times. Seats towards the sides of the rows have better sight-lines than more central seats and seats in the first three rows, out from under the shadow of the balcony, are cooler. I am inspired to find out more about the history of the buildings as the theatre was beautifully decorated.
We also ate at the BAMcafe, which has a limited but adequate menu and they were willing to adjust a dish that had a ingredient we don't eat. Service was attentive and as the operas were terrific, the whole experience was very worthwhile.

Visited February 2013
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Coral Springs, Florida
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“A cultural mecca”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

I have seen some wonderful shows here. They have a great lounge, cafe that has great entertainment on the weekends, all kinds of genre's of live bands. I've come here for some great book readings and they have the fabulous and very famous "Dance Africa" here every memorial weekend. It is a huge 4 day festival featuring some of the best dance and drum companies of the African diaspora and they also have the most awesome outdoor bazaar during this time. You can buy clothes, jewelry, music, food and so much more.

Visited November 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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“Peter J. Sharp”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

This is the only part of BAM that I've visited. As in many older theaters, the acoustics and sight lines are not on par with newer venues designed for sound. But it's not bad, and I only had an obstructed view for one of the three performances I attended.

Visited January 2013
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New York City, New York
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“Always excellent programming”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2013

I just went to the theatre last night to see The Suit at BAM. I've been to a number of performances here in both theatres and always find them to be top-rate. I love the size of Harvey theatre as it feels intimate. Generally, the cost of performances is reasonable and I always feel like it's money well spent. Thanks, BAM.

While they recently revamp the lower-level seating, the old balcony seats remain and are quite uncomfortable. I sat with my coat on the seat to add a bit of cushion. I would not recommend balcony seating for an elderly person, or anyone who has a hard time sitting for a while if they're not comfortable.

Visited January 2013
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