Shubert Theatre (New York City)

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Shubert Theatre
Address 225 West 44th Street
New York City, New York
United States
Coordinates 40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722
Owner Shubert Organization
Type Broadway
Capacity 1,460
Production Matilda the Musical
Opened 1913
Architect Henry Beaumont Herts

The Shubert Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 225 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

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". It opened on 21 October 1913 with the George Bernard Shaw play, Caesar and Cleopatra, staged by the Forbes-Robertson Repertory Company. [1]

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–present, transferred in 2003 to the Ambassador Theatre), Spamalot (2005–2009) and Memphis (2009–2012). The theatre has also been a returning venue for the Tony Awards.

The top floor of the building houses the offices of the Shubert Organization. The theatre's auditorium and murals were restored in 1996. It has been designated a New York City landmark.

Notable productions[edit]

44th Street facade, 2007
Shubert Alley facade, 2007

In popular culture[edit]

The theatre is featured in the 1950 Academy Award winning film All About Eve.

In the 2005 film version of Mel Brooks's The Producers, the musicals Funny Boy, Springtime for Hitler, and Prisoners of Love are all staged at the Shubert Theatre by Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.[2]

In the NBC show Smash, the show "Heaven On Earth" is playing at the Shubert Theater.

In the Family Guy episode "Brian's Play", Stewie Griffin's play, "An American Marriage", is poorly received after being staged at the Shubert Theatre.


  1. ^ "Whimsical History by English Players", New York Times, October 21, 1913
  2. ^ The screen adaptation of the Broadway musical The Producers features the Shubert

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