Morosco Theatre

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Morosco Theatre
Address 217 West 45th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′29″N 73°59′08″W / 40.75801°N 73.98567°W / 40.75801; -73.98567Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′08″W / 40.75801°N 73.98567°W / 40.75801; -73.98567
Type Broadway
Opened February 5, 1917
Demolished 1982
Architect Herbert J. Krapp

The Morosco Theatre was a Broadway theatre located at 217 West 45th Street in the heart of the theater district in midtown-Manhattan, New York, United States.

It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp for the Shuberts, who constructed it for Oliver Morosco in gratitude for his helping them break the monopoly of the Theatrical Syndicate. It had approximately 955 seats. It opened on February 5, 1917 with the musical Canary Cottage, with a book by Morosco and a score by Earl Carroll.

The Shuberts lost the building in the Depression, and City Playhouses, Inc. bought it at auction in 1943. It was sold in 1968 to Bankers Trust Company and – after a massive "Save the Theatres" protest movement mounted by various actors and other theatrical folk[1][2][3][4][5] failed – was razed in 1982, along with the Helen Hayes, the Bijou, and remnants of the Astor and the Gaiety theatres; it was replaced by the highrise 49-story Marriott Marquis hotel and Marquis Theatre.

Bob Martin's musical comedy The Drowsy Chaperone makes mention of the Morosco Theatre. The title is a reference to a fictional show which, according to the narrative, opened at the Morosco in 1928. The narrator goes on to say that the Morosco was demolished in 1982, and a hotel was built in its place. That hotel is the Marriott Marquis, which houses the Marquis Theatre, where The Drowsy Chaperone opened in 2006.

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  1. ^ The name of the organization was "Save the Theatres, Inc., as noted in court papers. See Shubert Organization, Inc. v. Landmarks Preservation Commission of the City of New York and Save the Theatres, Inc., Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, May 16, 1991, accessed March 10, 2013
  2. ^ "Proposal to Save Morosco and Helen Hayes Theaters", LHP Architects, accessed March 10, 2013
  3. ^ Helen Epstein. "Joe Papp: An American Life". Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  4. ^ "City Panel Near Vote On Save-The-Theaters Proposals". New York City: April 15, 1984. Retrieved February 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Corwin, Betty "Theatre on film and tape archive", International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts, accessed May 10, 2013

External links[edit]

Morosco Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database