BY JON CRONIN
The NYCB Theater at Westbury, commonly known as Westbury Music Fair, has been keeping the New York area entertained for over 60 years, through endless music, comedy and all forms of entertainment, the New York mainstay shows no sign of slowing down.
New York residents have come to see the theater as one of the most comfortable, friendly, and acoustically-inviting theaters in the greater New York metro area. The Westbury Music Fair presents an electric bunch of renowned acts that any entertainment lover can enjoy.
The theater has decades of history that generations have enjoyed. It all began in 1956 when three partners, Frank Ford, Lee Guber and Shelly Gross, stepped out of car to inspect the underdeveloped industrial site that was to become the Westbury Music Fair. The NYCB Theater at Westbury continues to present the best in live entertainment including the top names in contemporary pop, classic rock, comedy, country, and rhythm and blues.
The trio gave the area a decade of Broadway theater under a multi-colored big top that all started with a production of ‘The King and I’ on June 19, 1956.
In 1966, Lee Guber and Shelly Gross created a modern air conditioned theater in the round that allowed them to book shows during all four seasons. Some of their first acts were Wayne Newton, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli and Jack Benny.
Teenagers of the time had something for themselves in acts like The Temptations, The Four Tops, Diana Ross and the Supremes, and The Jackson 5.
Today the diversity in entertainment has not stopped. On April 9, the theater presents Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6. For over 40 years, Manhattan Transfer has entertained acapella and jazz enthusiasts, now they have teamed with Take 6, another acapella group who has also brought music to audiences for the past four decades. Between the two groups they have 20 Grammy awards.
Also this month, the theater is presents country music singer Frankie Ballard on April 14, comedian Mike Epps on April 22, classic rock legend Kansas on April 28, comedian Martin Short on April 29, and Motown favorite Kool and the Gang on April 30.
Reach Reporter Jon Cronin at (718) 357-7400 x125, firstname.lastname@example.org or @JonathanSCronin