The Richard Rodgers Theatre, located on 46th Street between 7th and 8th avenues, has undergone significant renovations in preparation for its latest tenant, the new Broadway production of William Shakespeare’s tragedy Romeo and Juliet starring Orlando Bloom and Condola Rashad.
The renovation project came in at $3.5 million and was done under the supervision of EverGreene Architectural Arts. Restorers removed numerous coats of paint from the theater, bringing it back to its original color palette (the Richard Rodgers was built in 1925 and opened under the name Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre). In addition, a pair of murals were installed in the stage wall, and gold leaf has been added in various parts of the theater.
All of the theater’s seats were replaced with new ones, and, perhaps most notable for Broadway fans, the restrooms have been expanded.
Lewis Black concludes his very limited engagement Broadway show, Running on Empty, today. The comedian, well known for his biting humor and furiously funny rants, only did a handful of performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre during a two-week period. Given his popularity and the limited number of performance, Lewis Black’s Running on Empty was a great Broadway success, selling out its seats.
Lewis Black actually began as a playwright in New York, before embarking on a career as a stand-up comedian. He is perhaps best known for his long-running and well-loved “Back in Black” segment on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. He has also done some acting, voiceover, and commercial work, and regularly performs at venues around the country.
Although Lewis Black’s run on Broadway has come to an end, he is scheduled to perform Running on Empty at several other venues around the country. See Ticketmaster.com for more information on upcoming dates and locations.