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The Hudson Broadway Theatre

Since 1902, this venue has had various phases but was originally a Broadway house.

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Hudson Theatre

139-141 West 44th Street
New York, NY 10001
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Theatre Location and Address:
The Hudson Theatre is located between 6th and 7th Avenues on W 44th street.

Theatre Design:

The theatre was designed by the architectural firm J.B. McElfatrick, along with the architects Israels and Harder. The 970-seat venue has numerous architectural features that were distinctive when it was built in 1903, including a large foyer, a system of diffused lighting, and a triple-domed ceiling. The gorgeous decorative elements include Greco-Roman motifs on the walls and ceilings, a black marble box office, colorful Tiffany glass, and bronze heads of Hermes. When the Ambassador Theatre Group refurbished the venue prior to its 2017 grand reopening, they added new state-of-the-art seating, expanded women’s restrooms and dressing rooms, and significant technical upgrades backstage.
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Hudson Theatre Background:

The Hudson Theatre was built in 1903 by the producer Henry B. Harris, and the inaugural production was Hubert Henry Davies’ Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore. In 1912, Harris died on the RMS Titanic, and his wife Rene took over as the theatre’s manager. Over the next decade, the works produced in the Hudson ranged from Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw, to Shakespeare’s As You Like It. The Hudson often served the dual purpose of CBS radio studio throughout the 1930s to 1940s in between theatrical engagements. In 1950, NBC purchased the theatre for exclusive use as a television studio. The theatre was home to The Tonight Show from 1954 to 1959, with the hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar. From 1960 to 1968, the venue returned to its original purpose as a legitimate theatre; works produced in this period included Toys in the Attic by Lillian Hellman, Becket by Jean Anouilh, and Strange Interlude by Eugene O’Neill. Following 1968, however, the theatre was used for other purposes, and no play was performed there for many years. In 1974, the venue briefly was used as an adult movie theatre, and in 1980, it became the Savoy rock club. When the building was given landmark status by New York City in 1987, the owner Henry Macklowe incorporated it into his adjacent hotel, the Millennium Broadway Hotel, where it was mostly used as a conference venue. Finally, in 2015, the London-based Ambassador Theatre Group purchased the Hudson Theatre to return it to its original purpose as a theatre house, and in 2017, the grand reopening took place with a critically acclaimed revival of Sunday in the Park with George, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Annaleigh Ashford.

Best Seats In The House:

Your best bet is the middle to front orchestra, which offers a great view and also a fair amount of leg room.


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