Gershwin Theatre

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Gershwin Theatre
Uris Theatre
Gershwin Theatre NYC.jpg
Address 222 West 51st Street
New York City, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°45′45″N 73°59′06″W / 40.76255°N 73.98510°W / 40.76255; -73.98510
Owner Paramount Group
Operator Nederlander Organization
Type Broadway theatre
Capacity 1,933 [1]
Production Wicked
Construction
Opened November 28, 1972
Architect Ralph Alswang
Website
www.gershwintheatre.com

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 largest seating capacity of any Broadway theatre, with 1,933 seats.[2]

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[3] 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.

On June 5, 1983, during the Tony Awards ceremony, the theatre was rechristened to honor the Gershwins.[4]

Notable productions[edit]

Box Office record[edit]

The blockbuster musical "Wicked" set a box office record for the Gershwin Theatre. The production grossed $3,201,333 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.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Seating Chart". The Gershwin Theater. 20212 accessdate=21 January 2008.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. ^ "Theatre 101". The Theatre Development Fund. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 
  3. ^ "History of the Gershwin Theater" gershwin-theater.com, accessed May 2, 2011
  4. ^ Lawson, Carol." 'Cats' And 'Torch Song Trilogy' Win Top Tonys" New York Times (abstract), June 6, 1983, p. C11
  5. ^ [1], The New York Times

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