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Gershwin Broadway Theatre
The Gershwin Theatre, the biggest theatre on Broadway, was originally known as the Uris Theatre

Gershwin Theatre
222 West 51st Street
New York NY 10019
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Location:
The Gershwin Theatre is located on the south side of 51st Street, between Broadway and Eighth Avenue. It can also be accessed by an entrance on the north side of 50th Street. The Gershwin Theatre is number 4 on The Broadway Map

Best Seats In The House:
The stage setup for the Gershwin's current show, Wicked, is rather high, meaning that the front rows BB to EE have poor sight lines. In fact, the whole front of the orchestra is below the front of the stage, so many features of the backdrop cannot be seen. This is also true of seats on the wings of the orchestra. A higher position, ideally the front mezz, is better if you want to get the full effect of any show in the Gershwin Theatre.

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Background:
Big, big, big. Mention the Gershwin Theatre, and "Enormous!" is the first thing a theater regular will have to say about it. At 1,900 seats, the Gershwin is the largest of the Broadway theaters, but it's not just the seating capacity that makes it seem so mammoth. Built into what was once known as the Uris Building (the theater, too, was called the Uris when it opened), the Gershwin Theatre takes up six stories. From the entrance lobby, you have to take an escalator up just to get to the orchestra level. The Gershwin Theatre opened as the Uris in 1972 and, on account of its colossal size, has been used almost exclusively for musicals since that time. For a period in the mid-'70s, it also was frequently used for booking concert and dance acts, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Johnny Mathis, Rudolf Nureyev, Dance Theatre of Harlem, and Frank Sinatra. The house was dubbed the Gershwin Theatre on June 5, 1983, in honor of the famous brothers George and Ira Gershwin, who created such classics as Of Thee I Sing and Porgy and Bess.

Design:
The Gershwin Theatre, designed by architect Ralph Alswang, is nothing to look at from the outside. Buried inside 1633 Broadway (which also accommodates the Circle in the Square Theatre), it is like a great big parking garage of a theater. It is accessed by way of a tunnel that connects 50th to 51st Street, which functions as a promenade of sorts, giving showgoers ample space to congregate before the show. Of course there is also ample -- and more attractive -- space to mingle upstairs in the main lobby. Check out its special Theatre Hall of Fame, a beautiful rotunda that features the names of Broadway's finest memorialized on the walls.

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

Parking
Parking garages in this area are very expensive. We have negotiated special deals wth parking garages that will save you both your wallet and your frustration of driving around trying to find a Parking garage that is reasonably priced.
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Previous Shows:
Notable past productions at the Gershwin Theatre include Via Galactica, Seesaw, Gigi, Treemonisha, Bing Crosby on Broadway, Sweeney Todd, The Pirates of Penzance, Singin' in the Rain, Starlight Express, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Wicked. The Gershwin has also had the wonderful habit of hosting revivals of musicals in which the original stars returned to play the memorable roles that they created, like Yul Brynner in The King and I, Rex Harrison in My Fairy Lady, and Angela Lansbury in Mame.

Restaurants
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Seating Chart:

Theatre Seating Chart for Gershwin Broadway Theatre

 
 


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