Majestic Theatre (Broadway)

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Majestic Theatre
Majestic Theatre NYC 2007.jpg
Address 245 West 44th Street
New York City, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°45′28″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75790°N 73.98734°W / 40.75790; -73.98734
Owner The Shubert Organization
Designation New York City Landmark
Type Broadway
Capacity 1,645
Production The Phantom of the Opera
Construction
Opened March 28, 1927
Architect Herbert J. Krapp
Website
www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/majestic

The Majestic Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 245 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan. It is one of the largest Broadway theatres with 1,645 seats, and traditionally has been used as a venue for major musical theatre productions. Among the notable shows that have premiered at the Majestic are Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The Music Man (1957), Camelot (1960), A Little Night Music (1973), and The Wiz (1975). It was also the second home of 42nd Street and the third home of 1776. The theatre has housed The Phantom of the Opera since it opened on January 26, 1988. With a record-breaking 11,023 performances to date, it is currently the longest-running production in Broadway history.

History[edit]

Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, the present-day Majestic was constructed by the Chanin Brothers as part of an entertainment complex including the John Golden Theatre, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and the Milford Plaza hotel. It opened on March 28, 1927 with the musical Rufus LeMaire's Affairs.

The Majestic was purchased by the Shubert brothers during the Great Depression and currently is owned and operated by the Shubert Organization. Both the interior and exterior were designated New York City landmarks in 1987.

Timeline of productions[edit]

Productions are listed by the year they commenced performances:

Box office record[edit]

The Phantom of the Opera achieved the box office record for the Majestic Theatre. The production grossed $1,843,296 over nine performances, for the week ending December 29, 2013, beating the previous record of $1,390,530.53 set on the week ending January 2, 2011.[1]

References[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Morrison, William. Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture. New York: Dover Publications (1999) ISBN 0-486-40244-4

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