Entertainment Best of New York theater 2014 By MATT WINDMAN November 18, 2014 3:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email From the best character actor to the best place to catch a musical, here's a look back at another year in New York theater. Best theater for children: The New Victory Theater Photo Credit: Monica Schipper/Getty Images Each year, experimental but youth-friendly productions are imported from around the world to this refurbished historic playhouse. When it reopened 20 years ago, it was a key feature of the newly cleaned-up 42nd Street. 209 W. 42nd St., 646-223-3010, newvictory.org Best character actor: Danny Burstein Photo Credit: Getty Images This versatile, five-time Tony nominee, who is currently appearing in “Cabaret” and has earned acclaim in numerous supporting roles, will finally take the lead next season in a new Broadway revival of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Best Broadway hangout: 54 Below Photo Credit: Marc Bryan-Brown With the demise of the Café Edison coming soon, the next best place to run into theater industry professionals and fans would be this recently opened nightclub, which has been offering terrific theater-related programming. 254 W. 54th St., 646-476-3551, 54below.com Best Off-Broadway hangout: The Public Theater Photo Credit: Aislinn Weidele After years of construction, the Public Theater’s new multi-story lobby includes a bar, plenty of space for reading or hanging out, a supper club and an elaborate “Shakespeare Machine” chandelier. 425 Lafayette St., 212-539-8500, publictheater.org Best place to see a musical: City Center Photo Credit: Facebook/New York City Center Although some productions are better than others, the Encores! series at City Center, which presents rarely-seen musicals each year with Broadway-caliber casts and production values, is an invaluable part of the theater landscape. 131 W 55th St., 212-581-1212, nycitycenter.org By MATT WINDMAN Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.