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Best of New York theater 2014

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

Each year, experimental but youth-friendly productions are imported
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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

This versatile, five-time Tony nominee, who is currently
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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

With the demise of the Café Edison coming
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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

After years of construction, the Public Theater’s new
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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

Although some productions are better than others, the
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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

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