|Address||138 West 48th Street
New York, New York
|Owner||The Shubert Organization|
|Opened||December 20, 1912|
|Architect||Thomas W. Lamb|
The Cort Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 138 West 48th Street in the Theater District of midtown Manhattan in New York City. It is owned by the Shubert Organization, the largest owner of Broadway theatres.
John Cort (ca. 1861-1929), founder of the Northwestern Theatrical Association, commissioned architect Thomas W. Lamb to design the theater. Its façade was modeled on the Petit Trianon in Versailles. The resulting 1082-seat Cort Theater is one of the few Lamb theaters still extant and functioning as a legitimate theater. The interior was designed in the style of the era of Louis XVI, with a Pavanozza marble lobby with plasterwork panels. The arch of the proscenium stage consists of perforated plaster treated with art glass, and was designed to be lit during performances. The arch still exists as of 2007, although the lighting feature is no longer in operation.
The Cort Theatre opened on December 20, 1912 with Laurette Taylor starring in the play Peg o' My Heart, which ran for 603 performances, an auspicious start for the new venue. Numerous famous British actors have appeared at the Cort: Basil Rathbone played Dr. Nicholas Agi in The Swan in October 1923, and in April 1927 appeared as Vladimir Dubriski in Love is Like That. In October 1924 Henry Daniell appeared as Aubrey Tanqueray in The Second Mrs Tanqueray, was there again in August 1943 in Murder Without Crime, and in January 1946 appeared as Leontes in The Winter's Tale. This was also the theatre where the aspiring actor James Dean made his broadway debut in 1952 with the play "See The Jaguar".
In popular culture
In the 1968 version of the comedy film The Producers, directed by Mel Brooks, the Cort Theatre was seen in the movie across the street from the Playhouse Theater (torn down in 1969), whose marquee can be glimpsed momentarily and exterior was used only. However, in the scene where the theater blows up, the marquee of the Cort Theater can be seen.
- 1912-1914: Peg o' My Heart
- 1915: The Princess Pat
- 1919-1920: Abraham Lincoln
- 1921: Captain Applejack
- 1922: Merton of the Movies
- 1930: Uncle Vanya
- 1930: Five Star Final
- 1932: The Blue Bird
- 1933: The Green Bay Tree
- 1937: Room Service
- 1940: The Male Animal; Charley's Aunt
- 1946: Antigone in repertory with Candida
- 1951: Saint Joan
- 1954: The Rainmaker
- 1955: The Diary of Anne Frank
- 1957: The Sin of Pat Muldoon
- 1958: Sunrise at Campobello
- 1960: Once Upon a Mattress; Advise and Consent
- 1961: Purlie Victorious
- 1963: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
- 1965: Boeing-Boeing
- 1974: The Magic Show
- 1979: King Richard III starring Al Pacino
- 1980: Clothes for a Summer Hotel
- 1985: A Moon for the Misbegotten; Ma Rainey's Black Bottom
- 1988: Sarafina!
- 1990: The Grapes of Wrath
- 1991: Two Shakespearean Actors
- 1993: Face Value
- 1994: Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992
- 1995: The Heiress
- 1997: An American Daughter
- 1998: Freak; The Blue Room
- 1999: Marlene; Kat and the Kings
- 2002: Hollywood Arms
- 2003: A Year with Frog and Toad; Bobbi Boland
- 2004: Laugh Whore
- 2005: On Golden Pond
- 2006: Barefoot in the Park
- 2007: The Little Dog Laughed; Radio Golf; The Homecoming
- 2008: The 39 Steps
- 2009: You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W. Bush
- 2010: A View from the Bridge; Fences; Time Stands Still
- 2011: Born Yesterday; Stick Fly
- 2012: The Lyons; Grace
- 2013: Breakfast at Tiffany's; No Man's Land; Waiting for Godot
- 2014: The Cripple of Inishmaan; This is Our Youth
- 2015: Fish in the Dark; Sylvia
- 2016: Bright Star
- 2017: Indecent
Box office record
The Tony Award-winning revival of Fences, starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis, achieved the box office record for the Cort Theatre. The production grossed $1,175,626 over eight performances, for the week ending July 11, 2010.
- New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. "Cort Theatre Designation Report" (November 17, 1987)
- "Syndicate Denies a Truce, But Opinion Is That a Sort of Agreement Has Been Made with Cort". New York Times. Nov 3, 1910. Retrieved Dec 22, 2007.
- Cort Theater Tickets, Reeds Tickets. Accessed December 22, 2007.
- Parker, John (ed.) Who's Who in the Theatre, (tenth edition, revised) London, 1947, pp.477-478, 1184.
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