Shubert Theatre (New York City)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Shubert Theatre
Shuberttheatre.jpg
Address225 West 44th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.7581°N 73.9872°W / 40.7581; -73.9872Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.7581°N 73.9872°W / 40.7581; -73.9872
OwnerShubert Organization
TypeBroadway
Capacity1,460
ProductionTo Kill a Mockingbird
Construction
Opened1913
ArchitectHenry Beaumont Herts

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

Description[edit]

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.

History[edit]

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.[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 (1996–2003), 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.[2]

The theatre has also been a recurring venue for the Tony Awards.

On March 12, 2020, the theater was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[3] It reopened on October 5, 2021, with performances of To Kill A Mockingbird.[4][5]

Notable productions[edit]

44th Street facade, 2007
Shubert Alley facade, 2007

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whimsical History by English Players" (PDF). The New York Times. October 21, 1913.
  2. ^ "Broadway Grosses: Hello, Dolly!". broadwayworld.com.
  3. ^ Paulson, Michael (March 12, 2020). "Broadway, Symbol of New York Resilience, Shuts Down Amid Virus Threat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  4. ^ Levy, Matt (October 2, 2021). "These 13 shows are returning to Broadway in October". nj. Retrieved October 22, 2021.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Lindsey (October 6, 2021). "Go Inside To Kill a Mockingbird's Powerful Reopening with Jeff Daniels & More". Broadway.com. Retrieved October 22, 2021.

External links[edit]