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Richard Rodgers Broadway Theatre

The Richard Rodgers Theatre opened in 1924 by the Chanin Brothers.


Richard Rodgers Theatre

226 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10019
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The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located on the south side of 46th Street, west of Broadway, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. It is number 16 on The Broadway Map

Best Seats In The House:

The Richard Rodgers Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,400. The best seats are located in row L, seats 9 on the left and 10 on the right. The stadium-style seating allows good views from most of the orchestra. There are a few obstructed view seats in the orchestra in rows C, D, and E, but the sightlines are only mildly affected.
Richard Rodgers Broadway Theatre

The Richard Rodgers Theatre Background:

The Richard Rodgers Theatre originated in 1924 as the Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre. The Chanin Brothers were construction moguls who built six Broadway theaters in as many years, the 46th Street Theatre being their first. But the duo lost control of their theatre empire during the Great Depression, and the Majestic Theatre, Royale Theatre, and the Theatre Masque were eventually acquired by the Shuberts. It was in 1931 that the Shuberts took ownership of this theater, however, in 1945 they sold it to City Playhouses, an investment group. In 1982, the Nederlander organization bought the theater, and it was renamed in honor of legendary composer Richard Rodgers in 1990.

Previous Shows at the Richard Rodgers Theatre:

The 46th Street Theatre, now called the Richard Rodgers Theatre, opened on Christmas Eve in 1924 showing Greenwich Follies. In its early years it booked shows that had played other theaters first. Ethel Merman starred in two hit shows, the Cole Porter triumph DuBarry was a Lady in 1939, and Panama Hattie in 1940. Guys and Dolls, winner of 8 Tony awards, opened in 1945 and played at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for three years. Gwen Verdon starred in three successive musicals at the Richard Rodgers: Damn Yankees, New Girl In Town, and Redhead. Other blockbuster musicals that have kept the lights on in the Richard Rodgers Theatre include How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 1776, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, Nine, and In the Heights.

Design at The Richard Rodgers Theatre:
Architect Herbert Krapp decided to have rows “L” onward slope upward, using "stadium seating" so that audiences in the rear had a better view of the stage. The rear section of the orchestra is as high as a mezzanine; so high that the lobby is actually underneath the rear orchestra. The facade of the Richard Rodgers Theatre has a white brick wall with a triple-arched loggia and Corinthian columns.

Take the 1 subways to 50th Street. Walk south on Broadway to 46th Street and turn right. The Richard Rodgers Theatre is down the street from the Marquis Theatre.

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Restrooms at the Richard Rodgers Theatre are downstairs.


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Seating Chart:

Theatre Seating Chart for Richard Rodgers Broadway Theatre