Little Shubert Theatre
|Address||422 West 42nd Street
New York City
|Owner||The Shubert Organization|
The Little Shubert Theatre is located in New York City, about half a mile west of Broadway. Its address is 422 West 42nd Street between 9th Avenue and Dyer Avenue. It was built in 2002 and has a seating capacity of 499.
The Little Shubert is the first Off-Broadway theatre in New York built from the ground up, and the first to be owned by the Shubert Organization. Built as part of a residential tower and opened in 2002, the Little Shubert is the first new theatre built by the Shubert Organization in New York City since 1928, when the Ethel Barrymore opened on West 47th Street. Features of the Little Shubert Theatre include an auditorium with stadium seating providing proximity to the stage. The stage itself and the orchestra pit are comparable in size to the dimensions of many Broadway theatres.
The Little Shubert is one of the largest Off Broadway theatres but has proven to be an expensive venue to mount shows, partly due to contracts with theatrical unions. Theater producers have speculated that the Little Shubert might become a Tony-eligible Broadway house, by the addition of one seat to bring it to the 500 seat minimum required for Tony eligibility. On the other hand going to 500 seats would probably require negotiating new contracts with the unions, raising costs further. The cost of union labor there should not be much of a factor since it is some of the lowest priced union labor in New York City.
- Patrick Healy (June 7, 2011). "Not Such a 'Lucky Guy': Big Losses and Dashed Dreams Off Broadway". The New York Times. p. C5. Retrieved March 8, 2013.
- Shubert Organization Official Site
- Little Shubert Theatre New York Show Guide
- Little Shubert Theatre at Internet Off-Broadway Database
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