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Bushnell Center for Performing Arts

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Address: 166 Capitol Ave, Hartford, CT 06106-1621
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+1 860-987-5900
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 17:00
Sat 10:00 - 14:00

Connecticut's leading venue for the performing arts is known for its...

Connecticut's leading venue for the performing arts is known for its community programs and being an important advocate of music, dance and theatrical productions.

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Art Deco venue for big Broadway shows

Having been an historic theatrical venue in Connecticut's capital city for decades, the Bushnell only gets better and more contemporary with age. Sit in awe of this gorgeous art... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
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Manchester, Connecticut
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

When your wife buys tickets for mothers day thinking they are $40 a piece and you check the bank account afterwards and notice they really cost $10.50 each more. Described as a "convenience fee", I'm not so sure what's so convenient about it. It's an online purchase, which should be more convenient, for them. They don't have to pay someone... More 

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Reviewed 15 April 2017 via mobile

Having been an historic theatrical venue in Connecticut's capital city for decades, the Bushnell only gets better and more contemporary with age. Sit in awe of this gorgeous art deco auditorium before the show, and then experience a National Tour company of JERSEY BOYS or BEAUTIFUL on the spectacular Bushnell stage. Parking is free across the road, and a small... More 

1 Thank Tony S
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

An amazing entertainer. Historic building. Friendly people. Have been many times for different venues.

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West Hartford, Connecticut
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Reviewed 7 April 2017

We have been in West Hartford for 2+ years having moved from Fairfield County, CT. While living in Fairfield County, we frequently went to see Broadway Plays in NYC. Since our move, we have been going to the Bushnell in Hartford and have been pleasantly surprised at the quality of performances there. We have seen The Jersey Boys, The Book... More 

Thank Travel33871
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Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I saw a show at the Bushnell in March. We sat in the orchestra section C about 10 rows back from the stage. The view was just fine and the show was incredible. The seats are very small and tight so use the bathroom before and during intermission ;) so you don't disrupt other patrons. Having dinner... More 

Ocala, Florida
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Went with friends to see Jersey Boys. It's been a while since we have been here. It's even better than I remembered. Great seats, perfect sound system and a wonderful show. We love it here

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Wethersfield, Connecticut
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Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing venue, historic and beautiful. You will be doing yourself a massive disservice if you don't enjoy your surroundings as much as the show you see. We just enjoyed Jersey Boys and the show, venue, service staff and locale were amazing

Thank giaabruzzi
Holyoke, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 18 February 2017

The staff was very helpful. And the theater itself was very nice. We enjoyed the play very much. The theater had a small sandwich shop in it that looked interesting but we had just had dinner. The place was a little tough to navigate in order to find where our seats were on the balcony.

1 Thank Corbin G
Bethlehem, Connecticut
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Reviewed 15 February 2017

My husband and I recently saw Beautiful at the Bushnell. Excellent performance. However, I highly recommend not getting seats in the mezzanine section. The seats are much further away from the stage than the photos/diagram depict. We had trouble with hearing some of the dialogue. Fortunately, it was a musical of which we knew the songs so the problem was... More 

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Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Bushnell is a beautiful theater to enjoy Nutmeg's Nutcracker. Very excited. Such a nice small theater without feeling crammed in.

Thank DancersDaddy

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