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Broadway Theatre  

The Broadway Theatre

The Broadway Theatre was designed by Eugene DeRosa, opened in 1924

Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
New York, NY 10019
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The Broadway Theatre is located on Broadway, at the corner of 53rd Street. It is number 1 on The Broadway Map

By subway, take the C/E or the 1 to 50th Street, or take the N/R to 49th Street.

Best Seats In The House:
As with most of the larger theaters, it is usually best to try to get seats in the front mezzanine or mid to front orchestra of the Broadway Theatre.

The Broadway Theatre was designed in 1924 as a movie house by architect Eugene DeRosa. With roughly 1,800 seats, it is one of the largest theaters on the Great White Way. It is also one of the few theaters to actually be situated literally on Broadway, and for years it marked the most northern point of the theater district (in 1998, Studio 54 took that position when it opened as a legit Broadway space on 54th Street).

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Broadway Theatre Background:

It may have the most theatrical name of all the legit theaters, but the Broadway Theatre was actually created as a movie house. Built in 1924 by a movie theater chain owner, it was originally named B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre. In 1930, Moss decided to convert the theater into a legitimate house, and the Broadway Theatre officially opened with Cole Porter's The New Yorkers. In its early years, the Broadway's stage saw such stars as Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, Zero Mostel, Mae West, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, and Jose Ferrer, and audiences heard songs by the likes of Irving Berlin, Oscar Hammerstein II, Noel Coward, and even Duke Ellington. During the Golden Age, many of the more notable shows to play at the Broadway Theatre were popular productions that transferred from other theaters, such as South Pacific, Funny Girl, The Music Man, Cabaret, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof, and The Wiz.

Previous Shows at the Broadway Theatre:

In addition to the above-mentioned productions, and revivals of such classics as Oklahoma! and The King and I, the Broadway Theatre has premiered a wide variety of works over the years, including Menotti's opera The Saint of Bleeker Street, Mr. Wonderful starring Sammy Davis, Jr., Gypsy, Harold Prince's acclaimed revival of Candide, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's Evita, long-running hits Les Miserables and Miss Saigon, Baz Luhrmann's La Boheme, the Lloyd Webber-produced Bombay Dreams, The Color Purple, and Shrek the Musical.

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