August Wilson Theatre
|Guild Theatre, ANTA Theatre, Virginia Theatre|
August Wilson Theatre showing Jersey Boys, 2007
245 West 52nd Street|
New York City
|Architect||C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim|
Designed by architects C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim and constructed by the Theatre Guild, it opened as the Guild Theatre in 1925 with a revival of George Bernard Shaw's Caesar and Cleopatra. Theresa Helburn of the Theatre Guild presided over the groundbreaking ceremony.
In 1943, the building was leased to WOR-Mutual Radio as a studio. The American National Theater and Academy purchased it in 1950 and renamed it the ANTA Theatre. In 1981, the theatre was purchased by Jujamcyn Theaters and named the Virginia Theatre for owner and Jujamcyn Board member Virginia McKnight Binger.
After her husband James H. Binger's death in 2004, producer and president of Jujamcyn Rocco Landesman announced that he planned to buy Jujamcyn. He told The New York Times he had a long-standing understanding with Binger that he would buy the corporation's five playhouses. The theatres had an estimated net asset value of $30 million.
- 1926: Pygmalion
- 1928: Major Barbara
- 1931: Mourning Becomes Electra
- 1936: And Stars Remain with Clifton Webb as Overton Morrell.
- 1938: The Merchant of Yonkers
- 1941: Ah, Wilderness!
- 1951: The House of Bernarda Alba
- 1952: Golden Boy
- 1955: The Skin of Our Teeth; Seventh Heaven
- 1958: Say, Darling; J.B.
- 1961: A Man for All Seasons
- 1964: The Owl and the Pussycat
- 1965: The Royal Hunt of the Sun
- 1968: Maggie Flynn
- 1969: Our Town
- 1971: Purlie
- 1972: Different Times
- 1974: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
- 1975: Summer Brave
- 1976: Bubbling Brown Sugar
- 1978: First Monday in October
- 1980: The Suicide
- 1981: Copperfield
- 1983: On Your Toes
- 1988: Carrie
- 1989: City of Angels
- 1992: Jelly's Last Jam
- 1993: My Fair Lady
- 1995: Smokey Joe's Cafe
- 2000: The Wild Party
- 2002: Flower Drum Song; The Crucible
- 2003: Little Shop of Horrors
- 2005: Little Women
- 2005: Jersey Boys
- 2017: Groundhog Day; Home for the Holidays
- 2018: Mean Girls
- Parker, John (ed), Who's Who in the Theatre, 10th revised edition, London, 1947: 1430
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