In January 2017, MSG purchased a controlling interest in TAO Group — a world-class hospitality group that operates entertainment dining and nightlife venues in New York City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Sydney, Australia with globally-recognized brands that include: TAO, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, Beauty & Essex and Vandal.
The legendary Beacon Theatre is a 2,600-seat venue built in 1929 and designed in the art deco style by architect Walter Ahlschlager. Designated a New York landmark building by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Committee in 1979 and acquired by MSGE in 2006, The Beacon has become a venerable rock room for generations of New Yorkers and an intimate setting for unforgettable concerts and events.
Many of the greatest names in music have played The Beacon, including the Rolling Stones, Steely Dan, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Coldplay, Ray LaMontagne, Eddie Vedder and The Allman Brothers Band, which played its 238th show at the theatre in October 2014, marking their final concert as a band. The venue has also hosted special events such as film premieres for the Tribeca Film Festival and comedy events, including a Jerry Seinfeld residency, along with numerous luminaries such as His Holiness the Dalai Lama and President Bill Clinton.
The Madison Square Garden Company completed a major restoration of the Beacon Theatre in February 2009, returning the theater to its original Roaring Twenties grandeur. The reinvention was based on extensive historic research, as well as detailed, on-site examination of original, decorative painting techniques that had been covered by decades-old layers of paint. The Beacon Theatre has won several architectural awards recognizing its outstanding restoration.
Throughout its history, The Chicago Theatre has hosted a wide variety of celebrated silent films and movies, world-class theatre productions, sold-out concerts, side-splitting comedy shows and special events. The 3,600-seat venue was designed in the French Baroque style by architects Cornelius W. Rapp and George L. Rapp and is the oldest surviving example of this architectural style in Chicago today. The illustrious, six-story high “C-H-I-C-A-G-O” marquee is a city landmark.
The Chicago Theatre has become a highly attractive destination for concerts, comedy shows and other live events, hosting a wide range of entertainers such as comedians Ellen DeGeneres, Jerry Seinfeld, Louis C.K., Conan O’Brien and John Oliver, along with and musicians Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Mumford & Sons, Beyoncé, Kelly Clarkson, Harry Connick Jr, Prince, Diana Ross and Aretha Franklin.
Following a comprehensive reinvention, the “Fabulous” Forum re-opened on January 15, 2014 with the first of six historic performances by the legendary Eagles.
The reinvention of the Forum created the only arena-sized venue in the country dedicated to music and entertainment, and offers something exceptional for everyone – artists, promoters, music fans VIP customers and marketing partners. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl was completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 7,000 seats to 17,800 seats – allowing the venue to accommodate a wide variety of first-class events. For patrons seated on the arena floor, there is approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and restrooms, as well as a glass wall that separates this concession area from the arena floor, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. The reinvented Forum also offers exclusive spaces for VIP customers, including the historic Forum Club, which has been completely re-imagined with thematic music-inspired detailing. Among the key features that were resurrected in an effort to replicate the original design is the exterior color of the venue, which was returned to the 1960’s “California sunset red,” and is now officially known as “Forum Red.” Since re-opening in 2014, the Forum has received several architectural awards recognizing its outstanding restoration.
The Forum was originally designed by renowned architect, Charles Luckman, who also designed the Madison Square Garden Arena. Since it re-opened in January 2014, the Forum’s impressive lineup of entertainers has included: the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Sting, Sam Smith, U2, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, Dead & Company, Rihanna and Kings of Leon as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Forum has also hosted a number of special events such as the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as select sporting events, including mixed martial arts and boxing.
The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden is a versatile 5,600-seat venue that has hosted major events for more than 40 years. Some of the biggest names in live entertainment have played The Theater including The Who, Bob Dylan, Diana Ross, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Radiohead, Neil Young, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kanye West, Sara Bareilles, Ellie Goulding, Van Morrison and Ricky Gervais. The Theater has also hosted a variety of sporting events, family shows and special events including: boxing and the NBA Draft; ELF The Musical, A Christmas Story, Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Musical! and Sesame Street Live; and other special events such as The Daytime Emmys, tapings of “Wheel of Fortune,” and auditions for “America’s Got Talent.”
The Wang Theatre, a 3,600-seat venue, opened in 1925 and features one of the five largest stages in the country. It was originally called The Metropolitan or “The Met,” and was developed by Max Shoolman and designed by Clarence Blackall, a leading American theater architect. At the time, The Metropolitan was hailed as a magnificent movie “cathedral,” reminiscent of the splendor of a Louis XIV palace and was considered historically the most important Boston landmark of “the Roaring Twenties.” In 2008, MSG Entertainment announced an exclusive co-booking agreement to bring additional broad-based performances to the Wang Theatre.
As New England’s largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts, offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, international ballet, contemporary dance, one-night engagements, and Broadway musicals. Some of the biggest names in entertainment have graced the stage including Lady Gaga, Dave Mathews Band, John Legend, Janet Jackson, Kathy Griffin, Sting, Wilco and Leonard Cohen.
The Madison Square Garden Company brings the excitement of NBA-caliber basketball to Westchester County with its NBA Gatorade League team, The Westchester Knicks. The team is the exclusive affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, a charter member of the NBA and one of the most iconic names in American sports. Affectionately known as the Dub Knicks, the team plays all 25 home games at the Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.