New World Stages

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New World Stages
Dodger Stages (2004-2006)
Address 340 West 50th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′46″N 73°59′15″W / 40.76277°N 73.98758°W / 40.76277; -73.98758Coordinates: 40°45′46″N 73°59′15″W / 40.76277°N 73.98758°W / 40.76277; -73.98758
Owner The Shubert Organization
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity Stage 1: 499
Stage 2: 350
Stage 3: 499
Stage 4: 350
Stage 5: 199
Construction
Opened 2004 (2004)
Architect Beyer, Blinder, and Belle
Website
www.newworldstages.com

New World Stages is a five-theater, Off-Broadway performing arts complex in New York's theatre district.

History[edit]

Constructed on the site of Madison Square Garden (1925-1968), New World Stages was originally built as the Loews Cineplex Entertainment (1994-2001) in Worldwide Plaza. The movie theater complex was closed from 2001 until 2004, when, following substantial renovations, it re-opened as Dodger Stages. The architects were Beyer, Blinder, and Belle. The theatre designers were Sachs Morgan, and the interior designer was Klara Zieglerova. Since that time, the theater complex has housed many commercial theatrical productions, as well as numerous corporate events, readings, and concerts.[1]

Dodger Stages was renamed New World Stages on March 16, 2006, concurrent with Stage Entertainment’s assuming sole ownership of the complex. Since November 17, 2014, the venue has been been owned and operated by The Shubert Organization.[2]

In addition to new Off-Broadway productions, New World Stages has become a home to shows that were previously on Broadway, including Avenue Q, The 39 Steps, Million Dollar Quartet, and Peter and the Starcatcher. This producing tactic has been utilized to encourage the extension of a show's commercial run. The venue has also become a location for the piggybacking model, whereby multiple shows adjust their playing times and share the same theater, set, and tech personnel to lower the costs of keeping an open-ended Off-Broadway show running.[3]

Statistics[edit]

New World Stages houses five theaters. Stages 1 and 3 have a maximum of 499 seats each, Stages 2 and 4 have a maximum of 350 seats each, and Stage 5 has a maximum of 199 seats. These capacities, greater than 100, fewer than 499, define New World Stages as an Off-Broadway complex. (Theaters with fewer than 100 seats are Off-Off-Broadway; theaters with 500 or more seats that are in the theater district fall into the Broadway level.) The maximum weekly capacity, assuming five shows running concurrently in the five theaters, each for eight performances per week, is 15,176 people.

The complete square footage of the underground complex is 61,300 square feet (5,690 m2), and it reaches underground the length of a full city block, from 49th street to 50th street.

Shows and Show History[edit]

The following information is taken from the Internet Off-Broadway Database.[3] New World Stages has been home to a variety of Off-Broadway shows in its brief history, ranging in theme from a water based puppet show to a zombie musical.

Stage 1[edit]

499 Seats

Stage 2[edit]

360 Seats

  • Pieces (of Ass): December 10, 2004 - March 27, 2005
  • Drumstruck: May 12, 2005 - November 12, 2006
  • Bill W. and Dr. Bob: March 5 - June 10, 2007
  • Celia: September 26, 2007 - May 25, 2008
  • Flamingo Court: July 31, 2008: July 31 - September 28, 2008
  • Rooms - A Rock Romance: March 16 - May 10, 2009
  • Gazillion Bubble Show: September 9 - currently running (moved from Stage 3)
  • Voca People: February 16 - September 2, 2012
  • Greed: A Musical for Our Time: April 4–19, 2014
  • Blank! The Musical: November 17–30, 2014

Stage 3[edit]

499 Seats

  • Mandy Patinkin in Concert: September 20 - October 28, 2004
  • Modern Orthodox: December 6, 2004 - May 8, 2005
  • A Mother, A Daughter, and A Gun: November 1, 2005 - November 25, 2007
  • Burleigh Grime$: June 13–16, 2006
  • Mimi LeDuck: November 6 - December 3, 2006
  • Gazillion Bubble Show: February 15, 2007 - September 2009 (moved to Stage 2)
  • Avenue Q: October 9, 2009 - currently running

Stage 4[edit]

360 Seats

Stage 5[edit]

199 Seats

  • Symphonie Fantastique: September 16, 2004 - January 2, 2005
  • The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!): February 10 - November 13, 2005
  • Christine Jorgensen Reveals: December 29, 2005 - January 18, 2006
  • Sidd: A New Musical: March 15–26, 2006
  • How to Save the World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes: November 12 - December 31, 2006
  • Sealed for Freshness: February 25 - April 29, 2007
  • My First Time: July 28, 2007 - January 22, 2010
  • The All-American Sport of Bi-Partisan Bashing: August 15 - October 14, 2007
  • Make Me a Song: November 12 - December 30, 2007
  • Pinkalicious, the Musical: January 13 - September 21, 2008
  • Tim Minchin: March 5 - April 12, 2008
  • The Castle: March 30, 2008 - May 23, 2009
  • East 14th: July 20, 2008 - September 6, 2008
  • What's That Smell: The Music of Jacob Sterling: November 1 - December 28, 2008
  • Flamingo Court: May 2 - July 19, 2009[6]
  • For Lovers Only: May 11 - August 3, 2009
  • Love Child: October 31, 2009 - January 3, 2010
  • John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean: April 1, 2010 - September 4, 2011
  • Devil Boys from Beyond: November 13 - December 4, 2010
  • Freud's Last Session: October 7, 2011 - July 22, 2012
  • Forever Dusty: November 18, 2012 - April 7, 2013
  • Murder For Two: November 6, 2013 - June 29, 2014
  • Stalking the Bogeyman: September 29, 2014 - November 9, 2014
  • Churchill: February 18, 2015 - currently running

The Green Room Bar and Lounge[edit]

The current programming the lounge features includes

  • Songs at the New World (Open Mic) on Mondays at 9:30PM.
  • The Sutton Lee Seymour Show every Wednesday at 8:00PM.
  • Project Thursday Karaoke every Thursday at 8:00PM.
  • Movie Night with Marty & Marissa every Friday at 9:00PM.
  • The Whistling Trixie every Saturday at 9:00PM.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Grimes, William (October 22, 2004). "A Cineplex Beaten Into a Theaterplex". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Edgar Allan Poe-Inspired Nevermore Set for Run at New World Stages". TheaterMania. November 19, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "About the Lortel Archives". Lortel Archives/WWW.IOBDB.COM. Lortel Foundation. 
  4. ^ Gans, Andrew (Jan 4, 2009). "Rock of Ages Ends Off-Broadway Run Jan. 4 Prior to Broadway Transfer". Playbill. 
  5. ^ "Nevermore -- The Imaginary Life and Mysterious Death of Edgar Allen Poe Cast & Creative". Broadway.com. 
  6. ^ "Flamingo Court". Broadway.com. 

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