Gershwin Theatre

222 West 51st Street, New York NY 10019

Directions & Box Office

  • Directions: By subway, take the C/E or the 1 to 50th Street, or take the N/R to 49th Street.
  • Entrance: 51st Street, between Broadway and 8th Ave 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.
  • Box Office Hours:
    Monday - Saturday:
    10am - 8pm
    Noon - 6pm

Best Seats In The House

  • Seats: 1935

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 mezzanine, is better if you want to get the full effect of any show in the Gershwin Theatre.

Gershwin Theatre Seating Chart

Gershwin Theatre Seating Chart

Parking for Gershwin Theatre

The closest parking garages for Gershwin Theatre are located at:

Zenith Parking Garage
301 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019
Quik Park Garage Triple Eight Garage
1633 Broadway
New York, NY 10019

The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.

Additional Notes

Landlord: Nederlander Organization

Official Ticketer: Ticketmaster

Notes: The biggest theater on Broadway.

Now Playing Wicked

  • Opened: October 30, 2003
  • Show Closes: Open ended
The new musical Wicked premiered on Broadway in 2003 and tells the story of a green colored skinned woman named Elphaba and how she later becomes the Wicked Witch of …more Get Discounted Tickets

Gershwin Theatre History

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.

Gershwin Theatre 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.