Shubert Theatre (Broadway)
|Address||225 West 44th Street|
Manhattan, New York
|Public transit||Subway: Times Square–42nd Street/Port Authority Bus Terminal|
|Owner||Shubert and Booth Theatre, LLC|
|Operator||The Shubert Organization|
|Opened||October 2, 1913|
|Architect||Henry Beaumont Herts|
|Designated||December 15, 1987|
|Designated||December 15, 1987|
|Designated entity||Auditorium interior|
Designed by architect Henry Beaumont Herts, it was named after Sam S. Shubert, the second oldest of the three brothers of the theatrical producing family. It shares a Venetian Renaissance facade with the adjoining Booth Theatre, which was constructed at the same time, although the two have distinctly different interiors. The two theatres are connected by a private road/sidewalk, "Shubert Alley".
The top floor of the building houses the offices of the Shubert Organization. The theatre's auditorium and murals were restored in 1996. They consist in a series of painted panels which adorn boxes, the area above proscenium arch and the ceiling. The subjects represented by the author, Joseph Mortimer Lichtenauer are figures with masks of Minoan and renaissance inspiration and semi-nude females of allegorical meaning such as Music and Drama. It has been designated a New York City landmark.
It opened on October 2, 1913, with Hamlet, starring Sir John Forbes-Robertson, followed by the October 21, 1913 opening of the George Bernard Shaw play, Caesar and Cleopatra, staged by the Forbes-Robertson Repertory Company.
The theatre's longest tenant was A Chorus Line, which ran for 6,137 performances from 1975 to 1990 and set the record for longest running show in Broadway history. Later long runs have included Crazy for You (1992–1996), Chicago (1996–2003), Spamalot (2005–2009), Memphis (2009–2012) and Matilda the Musical (2013–2017). Hello, Dolly! achieved the box office record for the Shubert Theatre. The production grossed $2,403,482 over eight performances, for the week ending October 22, 2017.
The theatre has also been a recurring venue for the Tony Awards.
- 1914: To-Night's the Night
- 1917: Love o' Mike
- 1917: Maytime
- 1922: The Hotel Mouse
- 1933: Gay Divorce
- 1934: Dodsworth
- 1936: Idiot's Delight
- 1937: Babes in Arms
- 1939: The Philadelphia Story
- 1941: Pal Joey
- 1942: By Jupiter
- 1943: Othello
- 1944: Bloomer Girl
- 1947: High Button Shoes
- 1947: Under the Counter
- 1950: Kiss Me, Kate
- 1951: Paint Your Wagon
- 1953: Can-Can
- 1955: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; Pipe Dream
- 1956: Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?; The Pajama Game; Bells Are Ringing
- 1959 Take Me Along
- 1961: Bye Bye Birdie
- 1962: I Can Get It for You Wholesale; Stop the World – I Want to Get Off
- 1963: Here's Love
- 1964: Oliver!
- 1965: The Roar of the Greasepaint - The Smell of the Crowd
- 1966: Wait Until Dark; The Apple Tree
- 1968: Golden Rainbow; Promises, Promises
- 1972: The Creation of the World and Other Business
- 1973: A Little Night Music; The Sunshine Boys
- 1974: Over Here!
- 1975: Seascape
- 1975: The Constant Wife
- 1975: A Chorus Line
- 1990: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story
- 1992: Crazy for You
- 1996: Big
- 1996: Chicago
- 2003: Gypsy
- 2004: Forever Tango
- 2005: Spamalot
- 2009: Blithe Spirit; Memphis
- 2013: Matilda the Musical
- 2017: Hello, Dolly!
- 2018: To Kill a Mockingbird
- List of Broadway theaters
- List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Manhattan from 59th to 110th Streets
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