The Egg Performing Arts Center

Empire State Plaza
Albany NY  12220

Phone: (518) 473-1845

The Egg Performing Arts Center

The construction of The Egg - the Empire State Plaza's Center for the Performing Arts - began in 1966 and was completed twelve years later in 1978. It was designed by architect Wallace K. Harrison, who can count among his many accomplishments including Lincoln Center, Rockefeller Center, and the United Nations Headquarters. Legend has it that the unusual shape of the building was inspired by a breakfast meeting Mr. Harrison had with Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller. The Governor, who readily admitted that he had “an edifice complex,” explained that he wanted the building to have an unusual design that would contrast with all of the horizontal and vertical lines of the other buildings. The Governor then placed half of a grapefruit on top of his teacup and suggested that Mr. Harrison create the building in that shape.

Architecturally, The Egg is without precedent. From a distance it seems as much a sculpture as a building. Though it appears to sit on the main platform, the stem that holds The Egg actually goes down six stories deep into the Earth. The Egg keeps its shape by wearing a girdle - a heavily reinforced concrete beam that was poured along with the rest of the shell. This beam helps transmit The Egg's weight onto the supporting pedestal and gives the structure an ageless durability that belies its nickname. The Egg houses two theatres, the 980 seat Kitty Carlisle Hart Theatre and the 450 seat Lewis A. Swyer Theatre.

From 1978 through 1989, The Egg housed the New York State Theatre Institute and the Empire State Institute for Performing Arts. In 1989, The Egg’s focus turned to presenting the finest performing artists from across the state of New York, the United States and around the world in a diverse series of dance, music, theatre and family programming.


Visit our homepage, http://www.theegg.org , for the full schedule of events and performances.

Architecturally, The Egg is without precedent. From a distance it seems as much a sculpture as a building. Though it appears to sit on the main platform, the stem that holds The Egg actually goes down through six stories deep into the Earth. The Egg keeps

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Parking: Street, Parking Lot

Categories: Concert Venue, Performance Venue, Theatre

Hours

Mon: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wed: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm



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Past Events

America

America
08:00 pm - 10/27/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Jane Monheit & Frank Vignola play Bernstein

Jane Monheit & Frank Vignola play Bernstein
08:00 pm - 10/20/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Vocalist Jane Monheit’s sincere and romantic interpretations of songs and the tasteful virtuosity of guitarist Frank Vignola have straddled the worlds of jazz,...

The Wailin' Jennys

The Wailin' Jennys
07:30 pm - 08/26/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

DSP Shows Presents The Wailin' Jennys at The Egg Performing Arts Center on 8/26!! *Tickets are on sale Friday, March 9th at 10am! 6:30pm Doors 7:30pm Show The...

Miranda Sings Live: No Offense w/special guest Colleen Ballinger

Miranda Sings Live: No Offense w/special guest Colleen Ballinger
07:30 pm - 07/13/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Colleen Ballinger is a multihyphenate; actor, comedian, trained vocalist, writer and executive producer. Best known for portraying her character, ‘Miranda Sings,’...

John Butler Trio

John Butler Trio
08:00 pm - 07/12/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Born in California and of mixed Australian, Greek and Bulgarian ancestry, John Butler began his musical career in classic if tentative style. The narrative arc is...

John Butler Trio

John Butler Trio
08:00 pm - 07/12/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

John Butler Trio with Mama Kin Spender Thursday, July 12th 8PM $38.50 - $48.50 The Egg in Albany Born in California and of mixed Australian, Greek and Bulgarian...

Anthony Jeselnik

Anthony Jeselnik
08:00 pm - 06/15/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Anthony Jeselnik is a comedy industry veteran wowing audiences for over 15 years. 2017 was a banner year for Anthony as he toured with Chris Rock’s Total Blackout...

Apocalyptica

Apocalyptica
08:00 pm - 05/27/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Since they formed in 1993, Finnish orchestral rock band Apocalyptica has released six studio albums featuring numerous cello-based instrumentals along with some...

Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle
07:30 pm - 05/20/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Singer/songwriter Justin Townes Earle – son of Steve – reflects on his life – past and present – in a raw, honest and personal way – displaying a natural...

R.D.I 2018 Dance Recital

R.D.I 2018 Dance Recital
05:00 pm - 05/19/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

A Beautiful Evening of Dancing! Ballet, Tap, Pop, Modern & Ballroom! 5PM - Ages 3 - 13 7PM - Ages 10 - Adults Guest Performances By: Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company...

Nick Swardson: Too Many Smells 2018 Tour

Nick Swardson: Too Many Smells 2018 Tour
07:00 pm - 05/18/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

The road to success has been a steady climb for Nick Swardson, who started his career in St. Paul/Minneapolis, then on to New York and Los Angeles, where he first...

Nick Swardson VIP at The Egg

Nick Swardson VIP at The Egg
07:00 pm - 05/18/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Nick Swardson VIP Packages & Upgrades @ The Egg Performing Arts Center 5/18/18 - Albany, NY VIP Meet & Greet Package: Premium Seat Ticket Meet & Greet with Nick...

Kiefer Sutherland

Kiefer Sutherland
07:30 pm - 05/17/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Best known for his acting in movies and star of the TV series ’24,’ Kiefer Sutherland launched his music career in 2015, performing his original country roots...

Candice Guardino’s Italian Bred

Candice Guardino’s Italian Bred
08:00 pm - 05/05/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Italian Bred Comedy is based on true life events and told through the eyes of a lit- tle girl growing up Italian on Staten Island. Candice slips in and out of multiple...

John Popper

John Popper
08:00 pm - 05/03/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

The harmonica wielding frontman of Blues Traveler, John Popper performs “The Hits, The Stories, The Experience.” From 90s jam-rock stardom to completing an...

Leo Kottke

Leo Kottke
07:30 pm - 04/29/2018

At The Egg Performing Arts Center

Leo Kottke‘s astounding virtuosity on six- and 12-string guitars is never less than awe inspiring and his unique musical vision has placed him among the foremost...

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