Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)
|Universal's Colony Theatre
B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre
Early Carroll's Broadway Theatre
The Broadway Theatre in 2010, when it played host to Promises, Promises
New York City
|Owner||The Shubert Organization|
|Opened||December 25, 1924|
|Architect||Eugene De Rosa|
The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Roma) is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. It has a large seating capacity of 1,761, and unlike most Broadway theaters, it is actually located on Broadway, at number 1681.
Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day 1924 as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. The theater has operated under many names and owners. It was renamed Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a legitimate theater house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930. In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films. For a short time during the 1950s it showed Cinerama films.
On November 18, 1928 the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public, Steamboat Willie, debuted at the Colony. Producer Walt Disney returned on November 13, 1940 to debut the feature film Fantasia in Fantasound, an early stereo system.
The legitimate theater opened in 1930 with The New Yorkers by Cole Porter. Stars such as Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, José Ferrer, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, Zero Mostel, and Mae West have appeared on stage.
The Shubert Organization bought the theater in 1939 and renovated it extensively in 1956 and 1986. It has long been a popular theatre for producers of musicals because of large seating capacity, and the large stage, which is nearly sixty feet deep. Often plays that have become successful in smaller theaters have transferred to the Broadway Theatre.
- 1928: Steamboat Willie
- 1930: The New Yorkers
- 1932: Earl Carroll's Vanities (starring Milton Berle)
- 1940: Walt Disney's Fantasia
- 1941: Too Many Girls
- 1942: My Sister Eileen
- 1943: Lady in the Dark, Damn Yankees
- 1946: Beggar's Holiday
- 1948: The Cradle Will Rock, High Button Shoes
- 1951: Where's Charley?, Oklahoma!
- 1952: Kiss Me, Kate
- 1953: South Pacific
- 1956: Mr. Wonderful
- 1957: The Most Happy Fella; Shinbone Alley
- 1958: The Body Beautiful
- 1959: West Side Story, Gypsy
- 1960: The Music Man
- 1961: Fiorello!, Grand Hotel
- 1962: My Fair Lady, I Can Get It for You Wholesale
- 1963: The Girl Who Came to Supper
- 1965: Baker Street
- 1966: Funny Girl
- 1968: Cabaret
- 1969: The Pirates of Penzance
- 1970: Fiddler on the Roof
- 1972: Dude
- 1974: Candide
- 1976: Guys and Dolls
- 1977: The Wiz
- 1979: Evita
- 1983: Zorba
- 1984: The Three Musketeers
- 1985: The King and I
- 1987: Les Misérables
- 1991: Miss Saigon
- 2001: Blast!
- 2002: La Boheme
- 2003: Sexaholix
- 2004: Bombay Dreams
- 2005: The Color Purple
- 2008: Shrek The Musical
- 2010: Promises, Promises
- 2011: Sister Act
- 2013: Cinderella
- 2015: Doctor Zhivago, Fiddler on the Roof
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to The Broadway Theatre.|
- The Broadway Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database
- Broadway Theatre | PlaybillVault.com
- New York Theatre Guide
- Broadway Theatre Venue Information at nytheatre.com, an information resource guide to theatre in New York City published by the nonprofit New York Theatre Experience, Inc.
- Skinner organ at the Colony Theater
- Wilmeth, Don B. (2007). The Cambridge guide to American theatre. Cambridge University Press. pp. 128–129. ISBN 978-0-521-83538-1.