|Address||222 West 51st Street
New York City, New York
|Opened||November 28, 1972|
The Gershwin Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 222 West 51st Street in midtown-Manhattan in the Paramount Plaza building. The theatre is named after composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It has the highest seating capacity of any Broadway theatre, with 1,933 seats.
Designed in an Art Nouveau style by set designer Ralph Alswang, it is situated on the lower levels of a towering office complex built at an estimated cost of $12.5 million on the site of the historical Capitol Theatre. It opened as the Uris Theatre on November 28, 1972 (named for the building developer Uris Brothers) with the musical Via Galactica starring Raul Julia. It proved to be an inauspicious start for the venue, with the first show to lose a million dollars closing after only seven performances. From 1974-76 it served as a concert hall for limited engagements by a number of legendary pop music and jazz performers.
The American Theatre Hall of Fame is located in the lobby.
- 1972: Via Galactica
- 1973: Seesaw; Gigi
- 1974: Sammy Davis, Jr.; Andy Williams with Michel Legrand; Johnny Mathis; Anthony Newley with Henry Mancini; Queen (first Rock band to play Broadway, in support of Mott the Hoople); The 5th Dimension; Raphael
- 1975: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie
- 1975: Fonteyn & Nureyev on Broadway
- 1976: D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; Bing Crosby; Barry Manilow; Paul Anka; Al Green with Ashford & Simpson; Season of Gilbert and Sullivan
- 1976: Porgy and Bess produced by the Houston Grand Opera
- 1977: The King and I
- 1979: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
- 1981: The Pirates of Penzance;My Fair Lady
- 1983: Show Boat
- 1984: Shirley MacLaine on Broadway; Patti LaBelle on Broadway
- 1985: Singin' in the Rain
- 1987: Starlight Express
- 1989: Meet Me in St. Louis
- 1990: Fiddler on the Roof
- 1993: Raffi
- 1995: Show Boat
- 1997: Candide; 1776
- 2000: Riverdance on Broadway
- 2002: Oklahoma!
- 2003: Wicked
Box Office record
The blockbuster musical "Wicked" set a box office record for the Gershwin Theatre. The production grossed $3,200,658 over eight performances for the week ending December 29, 2013. This is also the highest one week box office gross income made by any show in Broadway history, until that time.
- "Seating Chart". The Gershwin Theater. 20212 accessdate=21 January 2008.
- "Theatre 101". The Theatre Development Fund. Retrieved 2009-06-09.
- "History of the Gershwin Theater" gershwin-theater.com, accessed May 2, 2011
- Lawson, Carol." 'Cats' And 'Torch Song Trilogy' Win Top Tonys" New York Times (abstract), June 6, 1983, p. C11