Booth Theatre

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Booth Theatre
Booth Teatre 222 W45 St BMidler morning sun jeh.jpg
Address 222 West 45th Street
City New York City
Country United States
Coordinates 40°45′31″N 73°59′13″W / 40.758473°N 73.987024°W / 40.758473; -73.987024Coordinates: 40°45′31″N 73°59′13″W / 40.758473°N 73.987024°W / 40.758473; -73.987024
Designation Broadway theatre
Architect Henry B. Herts
Owned by The Shubert Organization
Capacity 766
Opened October 16, 1913
Website
www.shubertorganization.com
Booth's Theatre, on the southeast corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue, was demolished in 1883.
Booth Theatre (right) and Shubert Theatre (left), back-to-back in Shubert Alley

The Booth Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 222 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan, New York City.

Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style façade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays. It opened on October 16, 1913, with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.

The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first, Booth's Theatre, was originally owned by Edwin Booth, and built by the architectural partnership Renwick & Sands between 1867-69 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue (see picture, below).

The Booth Theatre appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus. It hosted a fictitous charity performance of War of the Roses which an equally fictitious President Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef.[1]

The theatre was recently home to the critically acclaimed Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal, originally starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominees J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano. The production then starred Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Ripley and Spencer's original respective roles. The production closed on January 16, 2011.

Box Office record[edit]

Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Actress in a Musical, Next to Normal achieved the box office record for the Booth Theatre. The production grossed $550,409 over eight performances, for the week ending January 3, 2010.[2] One year later Next to Normal broke that record again during its final week on Broadway (week ending January 16, 2011) grossing $552,563 over eight performances.[3]

This record was later broken by Bette Midler with a gross of $753,217 with just seven performances. Midler then broke her own record the week following with a gross of $865,144 [4]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Lee, Stephen (May 15, 2002). "FootnoteTV® : The West Wing : Posse Comitatus". FootnoteTV. Archived from the original on 2009-01-08. Retrieved 2012-10-20. 
  2. ^ BWW News Desk [1], broadwayworld.com
  3. ^ "Next to Normal Breaks Box Office Record at Booth Theatre Read more about NEXT TO NORMAL Breaks Box Office Record at Booth Theatre by broadwayworld.com". Broadway World. January 18, 2011. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 
  4. ^ Geier, Thom. "Broadway box office: Despite Tony snub, Bette Midler sees a big boost in ticket sales". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-05-07. 

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