Located on 44th Street, just next to Times Square, is the new and refurbished Hudson Theater. Almost 50 years after its last Broadway performance in 1968, the Hudson Theater has returned in style, making for one of the finest theater experiences in NYC.
After a successful run of the intense love story 'Burn This', the Hudson Theatre is now home to ‘Sea Wall / A Life’, a show centerung around the theme of death starring Jake Gyllehaal and Tom Sturridge, and directed by Carrie Cracknell. Also, here’s a handy link to the seat availability and real time prices for different seats/dates for Sea Wall / A Life on Headout.
If you’re looking to catch Sea Wall / A Life, make sure to go through this extensive Hudson Theater seating chart to find the best seats in the house. The show that's set to woo audiences later this year in October is David Byrne's American Utopia for which you can book tickets in advance.
Address: 141 W 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Seating Capacity: 970
Orchestra : 474
Mezzanine : 254
Check out the Hudson Theatre Seating Chart here.
Playing At The Hudson Theatre: Sea Wall / A Life
Sea Wall/A Life presents itself as a a two-act monologue show that delves deep into the theme of death. Sea Wall has been written by Simon Stephens, who is famous for his works 'Heisenberg' and ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time’. He subtly compares the deceptive nature of an underwater sea wall with that of human life. It has been acted out brilliantly by Tom Sturridge who has played memorable roles in Broadway plays such as 'Orphans' and '1984'.
A Life is written by Nick Payne, who is well-known for his works ‘Incognito’, ‘The Sense of an Ending (Film)’, and ‘The Art of Dying.’ The main character Abe has been beautifully portrayed by Jake Gyllenhaal, whose work in cinema and theatre have received plaudits. He is best known for his roles in ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Brothers,’, 'Prisoners', and ‘Nocturnal Animals.’ Carrie Cracknell, the director, has done a spectacular job of creating a common ground for these two stories that were originally intended to be separate productions. Watch Sea Wall/A Life and explore the themes of death, life, and fatherhood in detail.
The show is a double bill featuring two distinct monologues ‘Sea Wall’ and ‘A Life.’ Both the stories deal with the concept of death and the impact it leaves on those left behind. Sea Wall features Tom Sturridge as Alex, a photographer who is living a happily married life and has a young daughter. The story jumps back and forth between the soon-to-happen birth of his daughter and when the family was on a French seaside vacation. An incident leaves Alex distraught and the story goes on to detail how Alex overcomes his grief (or does he?).
The second story, ‘A Life’ features Jake Gyllenhaal as Abe, a music producer, who is slowly coming to terms with the recent demise of his father and the fast-approaching birth of his daughter. The connecting line between both the pieces is the theme of death. Abe concludes that there are three kinds of deaths - the physical death when the person expires, the emotional death when the body is buried and never seen again, and the eternal death when our names shall no longer be mentioned.
Mon, Tue, Thu & Fri - 8:00 PM
Wed & Sat - 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM
Arriving Soon At The Hudson Theatre: David Byrne's American Utopia
American Utopia is a show that borrows from David Byrne's 2018 album of the same name. His first solo album in 14 years, it went to receive rave reviews from both critics and fans. Byrne is best known for being the lead vocalist and guitarist of the band 'Talking Heads'. His work has earned him Grammys, Drama Desk Awards, and Academy Awards. A theatrical concert experience, American Utopia focuses on finding inner peace and better ways to go about life. It's going to be an audio-visual sensory experience unlike any other!
American Utopia is a thriving portrayl of an artist's desire. David Byrne had this vision of blending visual components to a theatrical concert in order to enhance the overall experience and this Broadway show is a result of it. Along with choreographer Annie-B Parson, Byrne looks to truly create magic on the Broadway stage. The show will also feature live performances from an array of globally renowned percussionists and other musicians including the likes of Daniel Freedman, Jacquelene Acevedo, Tim Keiper, Gustavo Di Dalva, Angie Swan, Chris Giarmo , Karl Mansfield, Bobby Wooten III, Mauro Refosco, Tendayi Kuumba, and Stephane San Juan.
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Wednesday, Thursday & Friday - 8:00 PM
Saturday - 5:30 PM & 9:00 PM
Sunday - 3:00 PM
Orchestra: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps.
Mezzanine: There are several small sets of stairs to get to the seats. There are 3 flights of stairs to the Balcony. Hand rails are available at every stepped seat row.
Restroom: Accessible restrooms are located on both the Orchestra and Dress Circle levels. There are a total of 27 toilets in the venue.
Telephone: There is complimentary public Wifi throughout the theatre.
Water Fountain: A water fountain is available in the Dress Circle and the Balcony.
- Drinks are served in real glassware without a lid. Hence, it is advisable to have your drink at the bar as it may be a trouble and a task to keep things from spilling inside the theatre.
- Burn This is a show that runs for 3 hours. Plan your restroom break accordingly.
- Sea Wall / A Life runs for 1 hour & 45 minutes including an intermission while David Byrne's American Utopia runs for 1 hour & 20 minutes without an intermission.
- Though the Hudson has some of the widest and most comfortable seating in Broadway, seats in the balcony, though not cramped are a bit small and low for tall folks. Keep this in mind when selecting your seats.
The Hudson Theatre is located near Times Square and is very easy to reach. Located on 139-141 W 44th Street, you can find ample parking spaces near the theatre. Check out Icon Parking near the theatre for trouble-free parking.
On the other hand, if you’re taking the subway, there are plenty of options for you. You can take the lines A, C and E to the 42nd Street and 8th Avenue or lines N, R, S, 1, 2, 3, 7 and 9 to 42nd Street and Times Square.
Restaurants near Hudson Theatre
1. Sardi’s: This iconic, continental diner is lined with caricatures of showbiz celebrities making it a hit with locals and tourists alike.
2. The Lamb's Club: This art-deco style restaurant, located in 132 West 44th Street, serves some of the best cocktails and steaks in New York.
3. Carmine's: One of the most popular restaurants on Broadway, Carmine’s is your answer to home-style Italian food in New York.
4. Connolly's: A wood-paneled Irish pub, Connolly’s is your go to place for pub food and a beer in New York.
5. DB Bistro Moderne: Located in Theater District, Daniel Boulud’s Moderne serves modern French bistro cuisine with a touch of America.
If you're looking for more options, how about checking out our in-depth guide on restaurants in the Theater District. It has everything you're looking for. And more.