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Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM)

Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Review

BAM presented its first show in 1861, making it the nation's first performing-arts center. Today it has a much-deserved reputation for the unusual and the unexpected, presented in grand-scale stagings. Contemporary dance, theater, music, opera, and cross-media productions mingle here with an array of classics. BAM has three primary performance spaces: the 2,090-seat Howard Gilman Opera House, inside a restored Renaissance Revival palace built in 1908; the 834-seat Harvey Theater, an updated 1904 theater a block away, at 651 Fulton Street; and the BAM Fisher, at 321 Ashland Place, which includes the 250-seat Fishman Space and the Hillman Studio. Every fall the Next Wave Festival fills the house with a global mix of renowned and up-and-coming artists. Every spring brings a top-notch roster of international theater (such as works performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company). Year-round you can catch a movie at the four-screen BAM Rose Cinemas, which screens classic films as well as first-run indies, documentaries, and international films. Or, hit the industrial-glam BAMcafé for the Eat, Drink & Be Literary series on select Wednesday nights, and free music on Friday and Saturday nights with the BAMcafé Live series.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Peter Jay Sharp Bldg., 30 Lafayette Ave., between Ashland Pl. and St. Felix St., Fort Greene, New York, NY, 11217 | Map It
  • Phone: 718/636–4100
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  • Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, N, Q, R to Atlantic Ave.–Barclays Ctr.; G to Fulton St.; C to Lafayette Ave. (2, 3, 4, 5 to Nevins St. for Harvey Theater)
  • Location: Downtown Brooklyn
Updated: 02-24-2014

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