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Jones Beach Marine Theater (1952-94) Jones Beach Amphitheater (1994-2000) Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
(2000-02) Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
at Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
(2002-06) Nikon
Nikon
at Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
(2007-16) Northwell Health
Northwell Health
at Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
(2017-)

Address 1000 Ocean Parkway Wantagh, New York
Wantagh, New York
11793

Location Jones Beach State Park

Coordinates 40°36'03.6"N 73°30'08.2"W

Owner New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Operator Live Nation

Type Amphitheatre

Genre(s) all

Seating type stadium

Capacity 15,000

Construction

Built 1950

Opened 1952

Renovated 1992, 2013

Expanded 1998

Website

www.jonesbeach.com

Northwell Health
Northwell Health
at Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
(originally Jones Beach Marine Theater or commonly Jones Beach Theater) is an outdoor amphitheatre at Jones Beach State Park
Jones Beach State Park
in Wantagh, New York. It is one of two major outdoor arenas in the New York metropolitan area, along with PNC Bank Arts Center. The theater was designed to specifications provided by Robert Moses, who created Jones Beach State Park.[1]

Contents

1 History 2 Theatrical productions 3 Later Years and Today 4 See also 5 References 6 External links

History[edit] Opened in 1952 as the Jones Beach Marine Theater, the venue originally had 8,200 seats and hosted musicals. Moses had several boxes designated for his own use, and Moses' friend Guy Lombardo
Guy Lombardo
performed often in the early years. The opening show was the operetta extravaganza A Night in Venice by Johann Strauss II, produced by film producer, Mike Todd, complete with floating gondolas and starring Enzo Stuarti, Thomas Hayward (tenor), Norwood Smith and Nola Fairbanks. During one of these Lombardo performances, the singer Billy Murray died in 1954.[2] Lombardo's final show was the 1977 production of Finian's Rainbow, with Christopher Hewett in the title role. After Lombardo's death in 1977, the series resumed in 1978 with Annie Get Your Gun, starring Lucie Arnaz. Beginning in the 1980s, the primary focus of the venue would change to concerts.[3] In 1991 and 1992, under contract from concert promoter Ron Delsener, the theatre underwent an extensive renovation, adding a second level and increasing the capacity to 11,200 seats. The capacity was expanded again in 1998 to hold 15,000 seats.[4] The theater's original design featured a moat; the stage was actually situated on Zachs Bay and was separated from the beach. Performers were brought to the stage by boat, and some scenes had floating scenery. The Guy Lombardo
Guy Lombardo
Orchestra would pass through the moat on a yacht during the intermissions and play tunes while floating in front of the audience. The moat was covered or filled in during the first renovation and seats were installed closer to the stage. Theatrical productions[edit] As noted, the Jones Beach Marine Theatre staged musicals from 1952–1981. The shows presented were: 1952-A Night in Venice 1953-A Night In Venice 1954–Arabian Nights[5] 1955–Arabian Nights 1956–Show Boat 1957– Show Boat
Show Boat
( Alvin Ailey
Alvin Ailey
performed in this show) 1958–Song of Norway 1959-Song of Norway 1960-Hit The Deck 1961-Paradise Island (w/ William Gaxton
William Gaxton
and Arthur Treacher) 1962-Paradise Island (w/ William Gaxton
William Gaxton
and Arthur Treacher) 1963-Around The World in 80 Days 1964-Around the World in 80 Days 1965-Mardi Gras! w/ Louis Armstrong[6] 1966-Mardi Gras! 1967-Arabian Nights 1968-South Pacific 1969-South Pacific 1970-The Sound of Music 1971-The Sound of Music 1972-The King And I 1973-Carousel 1974-Fiddler on the Roof 1975-Oklahoma! 1976-Showboat 1977-Finian's Rainbow 1978-Annie Get Your Gun 1979-The Music Man 1980-The Sound of Music 1981-Damn Yankees List verified by the Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps.[7] Later Years and Today[edit]

Aerial photo amphitheatre in 1959

In 2002, the company of clothing designer Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
purchased the naming rights to the venue, renaming it " Tommy Hilfiger
Tommy Hilfiger
at Jones Beach Theater" for four years.[8] On April 13, 2006, Tommy Hilfiger's company, under new ownership, declined its option to keep the company's name on the theater, and naming rights were purchased by the camera company Nikon, which renamed the venue " Nikon
Nikon
at Jones Beach Theater".[9] The venue used to have a strict no-alcohol policy except in designated VIP boxes located behind the orchestra and the VIP tent area. Separate additional tickets are required to enter the popular VIP tent area.[10] Starting in 2014, alcohol was available for sale to the general public during certain shows and, in 2015, was available for sale to the general public in regular concession stands during most shows. In 2009, Jones Beach introduced The Bay Stage, which has a general admission capacity of 5,000. The performances are staged behind the concessions on the theater property. The theater property is located a short distance from the VIP area but The Bay Stage events cannot be viewed or heard from the VIP area.[11] In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy
did major damage to the theater. Various structures were destroyed and much of the lower part of the arena was flooded, including the lower section of seats which were flooded more than half way up.[12] The venue reopened on May 31, 2013, after a $20 million rehabilitation project.[13] Starting January 2017, Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
will undergo a million dollar renovation plan, including energy efficient LED lighting, more cafes, larger concourses for less crowding and more. Nikon's naming rights contract expired at the end of 2016, and in February 2017, New York health system Northwell Health
Northwell Health
purchased the naming rights to the venue, revealing the new name - " Northwell Health
Northwell Health
at Jones Beach Theater."[14] The three-year deal includes an option for two additional years. Among the most frequent performers at Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
are Jimmy Buffett, who has played the venue 29 times,[15] and Aerosmith, who have played the venue 20 times.[16] See also[edit]

List of contemporary amphitheatres

References[edit]

^ Caro, Robert (1974). The Power Broker. Knopf. pp. 816–819.  ^ The Official Website of Billy Murray  ^ "Jones Beach, the marvel by the sea". Newsday. Archived from the original on 2008-01-20.  ^ "JonesBeach.com". JonesBeach.com.  ^ Steven Suskin (21 July 2008). "ON THE RECORD: Two Long-Lost Musicals, Marinka and Arabian Nights". Playbill. Archived from the original on 31 January 2013. Retrieved 21 November 2012.  ^ John Hanc, Ed Lowe. Jones Beach: An Illustrated History. p. 139. CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link) ^ Jones Beach Lifeguard Corps. "Forum pages". JBLC.net.  ^ "Universal, Nestles Ink Deal". PromoMagazine.com. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.  ^ " Nikon
Nikon
new naming sponsor for Jones Beach Theater". Newsday.  ^ " Nikon
Nikon
at Jones Beach Theater". JonesBeach.com.  ^ "The Bay Stage at Jones Beach Theater". Baystage.JonesBeach.com.  ^ Jones Beach Looking to Rebuild After Wrath of Sandy Nicole Murphy, Wantagh-Seaford Patch, November 5, 2012. Retrieved February 9, 2013. ^ " Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
Reopens Friday Night". CBS News New York. Retrieved 30 May 2013.  ^ " Jones Beach Theater
Jones Beach Theater
Naming Rights Goes to Health Giant". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-02-07.  ^ "setlist.fm". Retrieved 2017-04-05.  ^ "setlist.fm". Retrieved 2017-04-05. 

External links[edit]

"Explore LI: Zach's Bay (1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh, NY)". Newsday. Retrieved 21 November 2012. 

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