Lyric Theatre (1998 New York City)
The Lyric Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 214 West 43rd Street in Manhattan, New York City. The theatre was built in 1996 -- 97 on the site of the former Lyric Theatres; the Lyric was built in 1903 and hosted Shakespeare plays and such notable new shows as Cole Porter's Fifty Million Frenchmen, until it was converted to a movie theatre in 1934. The Apollo, constructed in 1920 by the Selwyn Brothers to a design by Eugene De Rosa, housed the Gershwin musicals Strike Up the Band and George White's Scandals, among other works, but was turned into a film venue by the early 1930s. A brief return to use as a legitimate theatre in the late 1970s proved unsuccessful, the venue ended its existence as a nightclub. By the early 1990s, after being neglected and falling into serious disrepair, both theatres were condemned, they were among the 42nd Street theatres repossessed by the City and State of New York in 1990, fell under the protection of the New 42nd Street organization in 1992. In 1996, the theatres were demolished.
However, certain major architectural elements and structures were protected under landmark status. Today, patrons visiting the theatre sit under the dome from the Lyric and proscenium arch from the Apollo, pass through the ornate Lyric Theatre facades on 43rd and 42nd Streets. Above the 43rd street entrance, on the second floor, can be seen the busts of W. S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan and Reginald De Koven; the theatre opened as the Ford Center for the Performing Arts on January 26, 1998 with a musical version of E. L. Doctorow's Ragtime, with over 1,900 seats- making it one of the largest theaters on Broadway at the time. Ragtime was intended by Livent to run indefinitely, but with Livent's bankruptcy and dissolve in 1999, the show was forced to close in early 2000; the venue was renovated and renamed the Hilton for the US premiere of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. After the closing of Young Frankenstein on January 4, 2009, the theatre was vacant throughout 2009; the production of the new musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark was anticipated to open in December 2010, but problems in financing the record-setting budget of the show, technical issues, postponed the opening.
After securing funding, Spider-Man opened on June 14, 2011 following seven months of preview performances. The theatre was renamed the "Foxwoods Theatre" in August 2010, under an agreement with Foxwoods Resort Casino and Live Nation. On May 20, 2013 it was announced that the UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group had acquired the lease to the Foxwoods Theatre for about $60 million; the New 42nd Street nonprofit organization remained as the landlord. In March 2014, the theatre was renamed the Lyric Theatre by ATG. Between 2017 and 2018, the theater was renovated and modified for the theater's current production Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which opened on April 22, 2018. $33 million was spent on the theater's modifications, in addition to the $35.5 million capitalization of the production. Described by the New York Times as a "charmless barn of a theater", the renovation brought the seating capacity down to 1,622 seats from the previous 1,866, bringing the theater closer to the seating capacity of other large Broadway theaters, including the Majestic, St. James, Broadway theaters.
1998: Ragtime 2000: Jesus Christ Superstar 2001: 42nd Street 2005: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang April 28-Dec 31, 2005 2006: Hot Feet. 2007: The Pirate Queen. The production grossed $2,941,790.20 over nine performances at 100.02% capacity for the week ending January 1, 2012. On its third week of previews, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set a new record at the Broadway box office for the highest single-week gross reported by a straight play in Broadway history; the production grossed $2,138,859 over eight performances for the week ending April 8, 2018. Morrison, William. Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture. Dover Publications. ISBN 0-486-40244-4. Van Hoogstraten, Nicholas. Lost Broadway Theatres. Princeton Architectural Press. ISBN 1-56898-116-3. Official website
St. James Theatre
The St. James Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 246 W. 44th St. in midtown Manhattan. With 1,710 seats over three levels, it is one of the largest Broadway theatres; the St. James Theatre, named after the famed St. James Theatre in London, is owned and operated by Jordan Roth and owner of Jujamcyn Theaters; the Tony-nominated musical, Frozen debuted at the theatre in March of 2018. The St. James was built in 1927 by Abraham L. Erlanger, theatrical producer and a founding member of the Theatrical Syndicate, on the site of the original Sardi's restaurant. Designed by architects Warren and Wetmore, the theatre's simple brick facade is dominated by a large cast iron loggia, masking the fire escapes from the auditorium over the expansive street front; the gilded, landmarked auditorium is ornate, with two balconies. It opened in 1927 as The Erlanger Theatre. Upon Erlanger's death in 1930, control of the venue was taken over by the Astor family, who owned the land on which the theatre stood; the Astors renamed it the St. James Theatre.
The theatre was taken over by the Shuberts in 1941. They were forced to sell it to William L. McKnight in 1957 following the loss of an antitrust case. McKnight renovated the St. James and reopened it in 1958. In 1970, McKnight transferred the theatre to his daughter Virginia and her husband James H. Binger, who had formed Jujamcyn Theaters. After Binger's death in 2004, producer and president of Jujamcyn, Rocco Landesman, announced his plans to buy the company. Landesman purchased the group in 2005, in 2009 he sold half his stake to up and coming theatrical producer, Jordan Roth. Shortly after, Landesman was assumed control of the group; the theatre has been home to a number of long-running and Tony Award-winning musicals in its ninety-one-year history, including original productions of Oklahoma!, The King and I, Dolly!, The Who's Tommy and The Producers. Located on 44th Street in the Theater District, the St. James neighbors a handful of large musical houses including the Majestic, Broadhurst and the Hayes Theater.
In 2017, the St. James completed a renovation which extended its stage by ten feet into the alley between the Hayes Theater and the St. James; the stage expansion accommodates the current Broadway run of the Disney musical Frozen. Frozen achieved the box office record for the St. James Theatre; the production grossed $2,624,495 over eight performances for the week ending December 30, 2018. In April and May 2013, film director Alejandro González Iñárritu spent 30 days shooting his film Birdman entirely within the St. James Theatre and its environs; the film depicts the production of a Broadway show during its preview nights and premiere and utilizes the theatre's stage and backstage areas. The theatre features in the opening montage of Woody Allen's Manhattan, his "love letter" to New York City. St. James Theatre is shown in the season 4 finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm when Larry David and David Schwimmer star in the Broadway version of The Producers. There is a scene on the street in front of the theatre in which Larry David gets into a confrontation with a tourist played by Stephen Colbert.
The theatre has appeared in several episodes of NBC's Smash and was featured in season 5 of the FOX Television series Glee as Lea Michele's Rachel Berry stars in the revival of Funny Girl staged at the theatre. Merry Malones – Inaugural Production 1931–33, 1942 and 1951 seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan Thumbs Up! Native Son Oklahoma! Where's Charley? The King and I The Pajama Game Li'l Abner Flower Drum Song Becket Do Re Mi Hello, Dolly! Two Gentlemen of Verona Vieux Carré On the Twentieth Century Carmelina Barnum Rock'N Roll! The First 5,000 Years My One and Only The Secret Garden The Who's Tommy A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum High Society Swing! The Producers Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Gypsy Desire Under the Elms Finian's Rainbow American Idiot Hair On a Clear Day You Can See Forever Leap of Faith Bring It On: The Musical Barry Manilow – "Manilow on Broadway: Live at the St. James" Let It Be Bullets Over Broadway Side Show Something Rotten! Present Laughter Frozen List of New York City Designated Landmarks in Manhattan from 59th to 110th Streets National Register of Historic Places listings in Manhattan above 59th to 110th Streets Jujamcyn Theaters St. James Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database Telecharge.com – Official Ticket Website NYC Theatre – Unofficial Ticket Website St. James Theatre Unofficial Site
The Hudson Theatre is a Broadway theater located at 139–141 West 44th Street, between Times Square and 6th Avenue, New York City. Opened in 1903, it became a leading theatrical venue before serving in years as a network radio and television studio, a night club, a movie theater, a corporate event space; the Hudson Theatre reopened as a Broadway theater on February 11, 2017. The UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group signed a long term lease on the theater in 2015 and invested in a complete refurbishment of the venue, bringing it back into full-time use as a Broadway playhouse; the theater is owned by Copthorne Hotels. In 2016, the Hudson Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; the architectural firm of J. B. McElfatrick & Son made initial drawings for the Hudson Theatre in 1902, but the firm of Israels & Harder took the project over by 1903; when the Hudson opened, on October 19 of that year with Ethel Barrymore starring in Cousin Kate, it had a number of distinctive architectural features, including an unusually large foyer, a triple-domed ceiling, a system of diffused lighting.
Built by theatrical producer Henry B. Harris, the theatre was managed by his wife Renee Harris following his death on the RMS Titanic. From the 1930s through the 1940s the theater served as a CBS Radio studio in between theatrical engagements. In 1950, NBC converted it for permanent use as a television studio. Broadway Open House and The Kate Smith Hour were among the shows. In 1954, the Hudson became home to The Tonight Show which remained there, first with host Steve Allen and Jack Paar, until 1959. Developer Abraham Hirschfeld purchased the structure in 1956, returned it to use as a legitimate theater from 1960 to 1968, it became a movie house for adult films in 1974. In 1980 it became the Savoy rock club. In 1987, the building was granted landmark status by the City of New York; when owner Henry Macklowe developed the surrounding lots into a new luxury hotel, the Macklowe Hotel, he incorporated the landmarked theater, using it as a conference center and auditorium. Millennium & Copthorne Hotels bought the hotel and the Hudson in 1995, renaming the hotel the Millennium Broadway.
During its time as a conference center for the hotel. The Hudson Theatre was the site of stand-up comedy shows which were taped for broadcast on the Comedy Central cable network. In 2015 it was announced that the British-based Ambassador Theatre Group would assume management of the Hudson from the hotel and convert it back into a legitimate Broadway theater. Upon reopening in 2017, the Hudson became the 41st theater operating on Broadway and the oldest, having opened earlier in 1903 than the Lyceum and New Amsterdam Theatres; the Tony Awards Administration Committee ruled in October 2016 that the Hudson Theatre is deemed to be a Tony-eligible theatre, with "970 seats without the use of the orchestra pit and 948 seats when the orchestra pit is utilized by a production."The Hudson reopened as a Broadway theater in 2017 with a revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical Sunday in the Park with George. The limited 10-week run featured Jake Gyllenhaal and opened February 11 for previews with an official opening on February 23, 2017.
Gyllenhaal and his co-star Annaleigh Ashford participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the theater on February 8, 2017. Hudson Theatre 1903: Cousin Kate 1905: Man and Superman 1907: The Lion and the Mouse 1908: Love's Comedy 1914: The Taming of the Shrew 1922: So This is London 1926: The Noose 1929: Hot Chocolate 1938: Who's Who 1941: Arsenic and Old Lace 1945: State of the Union 1947: The Voice of the Turtle 1949: Detective Story 1960: Toys in the Attic 1961: BecketThe Savoy 1981: Genesis 1983: King Sunny Adé and his African BeatsReopened Hudson Theatre 2017: Sunday in the Park with George. Scotty Moore website. Retrieved June 22, 2014
The Minskoff Theatre is a Broadway theatre, located at 1515 Broadway in Midtown Manhattan. It is home to the musical The Lion King, based on the Disney animated film of the same name; the 1,621-seat venue, designed by architects Kahn and Jacobs, is on the third floor of One Astor Plaza, an office tower constructed on the site of the Astor Hotel. Named after Sam Minskoff and Sons and owners of the high-rise building, it opened March 13, 1973, with a revival of Irene starring Debbie Reynolds. Over the years it has served as host to musicals, dance companies, concerts. In 1981, it hosted Miss Universe 1981, won by Irene Saez of Venezuela, as well as the transfer of Joseph Papp's production of The Pirates of Penzance. In 1994, Sunset Boulevard was a hit at the theatre. In 2006, The Lion King transferred to the theatre, where it continues to run, as of 2019. In September 2007, a new set within the Minskoff space was created for the syndicated news magazine The Insider, based on the second floor of Astor Plaza in MTV's studios and in Los Angeles.
The program returned to Los Angeles for the 2008–09 season. 1973: Irene starring Debbie Reynolds 1974: Tony & Lena Sing. 1976: Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan. The production cleared $2,837,158 over eight performances, for the week ending December 29, 2013. Authorized Official website New York Theatre Guide Minskoff Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database Minskoff Theater Tickets
Walter Kerr Theatre
The Walter Kerr Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 219 West 48th Street in midtown Manhattan. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp for the Shubert family, it operated as the Ritz Theatre from 1921 to 1990. In 1990, the theatre was named after Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Theatre critic Walter Kerr, since 1980 has been owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. Being one of the smaller Broadway houses in the Theater District, the Walter Kerr seats 975; the Walter Kerr is preparing for Hadestown to premiere on April 17, 2019. The Shubert family engaged Herbert J. Krapp to design their Ritz Theatre in 1921. ABC operated it as a radio and television studio between 1943 and 1965; the Shuberts sold the theatre to John Minary in 1956, who sold it to Joseph P. Blitz that year. In 1963, a partnership including Roger Euster acquired the property. Moore, it remained vacant from 1965 to 1971, when it reopened with the musical Soon, book by Martin Duberman, which closed after three performances. It housed several productions in the next two years and screened adult films for a period before it became a children's theater named in honor of Robert F. Kennedy in 1973.
Jujamcyn Theaters acquired the property in 1980. The last production staged at the Ritz was Chu Chem in 1989. On March 5, 1990, the theatre reopened after a $2 million restoration now renamed for theater critic Walter Kerr with August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Since it has housed seven winners of the Tony Award for Best Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Take Me Out and Clybourne Park. It housed one winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical: A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. In 2004, after the death of Jujamcyn owner James Binger, long-time producer, Jujamcyn president Rocco Landesman announced his intention to buy the playhouses. In February of 2005, the deal was completed. In 2009, a 50% stake in the organization was acquired by 33-year-old producer Jordan Roth; that same year, Roth took full control of the organization as Landesman took up the position as head of the NEA. In October 2017, Bruce Springsteen, who had the highest-grossing tour in the world in 2016, took up residency at the theatre for an eight-week run, performing five times a week.
The performances are a pared-down version of his set that he would perform in arenas and stadiums. Springsteen liked the idea of performing for more intimate crowds and the idea of performing on Broadway. Scheduled to run from October 12 through November 26, the show was extended three times, the last performance was December 15, 2018. Springsteen on Broadway holds the box office record for the Walter Kerr Theatre; the production grossed $2,411,185 over five performances, for the week ending December 30, 2017. 1923: The Enchanted Cottage 1924: Outward Bound 1937: Power 1938: Murder in the Cathedral 1942: My Sister Eileen 1971: Dance of Death 1973: No Sex Please, We're British 1984: Acting Shakespeare 1990: The Piano Lesson 1991: I Hate Hamlet 1992: Two Trains Running. Jazz and Blues 1993: Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes 1996: Seven Guitars 1998: The Beauty Queen of Leenane 1999: The Weir 2000: A Moon for the Misbegotten 2004: Gem of the Ocean 2006: Grey Gardens 2007: A Bronx Tale 2008: A Catered Affair.
Winter Garden Theatre
The Winter Garden Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 1634 Broadway between 50th and 51st Streets in midtown Manhattan. The structure was built by William Kissam Vanderbilt in 1896 to be the American Horse Exchange. In 1911 the Shuberts leased the building and architect William Albert Swasey redesigned the building as a theatre; the fourth New York City venue to be christened the Winter Garden, it opened on March 10, 1911, with the early Jerome Kern musical La Belle Paree. The show starred Al Jolson and launched him on his successful singing and acting career, he played the Winter Garden many times after that. The Winter Garden was remodeled in 1922 by Herbert J. Krapp; the large stage is wider than those in most Broadway houses, the proscenium arch is low. The building is situated unusually on its lot, with the main entrance and marquee, located on Broadway, connected to the 1526-seat Seventh Avenue auditorium via a long hallway, the rear wall of the stage abutting 50th Street; when Al Jolson performed there, the Winter Garden had a runway built, going out into the audience, Jolson would run out and slide on his knees while singing, the audience, not used to such dynamic and close-up showmanship from a performer, would go wild.
The theatre's longest tenant was Cats, which opened on October 7, 1982 and ran 7,485 performances spanning nearly eighteen years. The auditorium was gutted to accommodate the show's junkyard setting, after the show's closing, architect Francesca Russo supervised its restoration, returning it to its 1920s appearance. In its early days, the theatre hosted series of revues presented under the umbrella titles The Passing Show and Models, The Greenwich Village Follies. Following the 1932 death of Florenz Ziegfeld, the Shuberts acquired the rights to the name and format of his famed Ziegfeld Follies, they presented the 1934 and 1936 editions of the Follies featuring performers such as Fanny Brice, Bob Hope, Josephine Baker, Gypsy Rose Lee, Eve Arden, The Nicholas Brothers, Buddy Ebsen, it served as a Warner Bros. movie house from 1928 to 1933 and a United Artists cinema in 1945, but aside from these interruptions has operated as a legitimate theatre since it opened. Due to the size of its auditorium and backstage facilities, it is a house favored for large musical productions.
In 1974 Liza Minnelli appeared at the Winter Garden in a concert run that would win her a Tony Award for that year, honoring her successful sold-out run. A live album of the concert was released that year, remastered and reissued in 2012. In 2002, under an agreement between the Shubert Organization, which owns the theatre, General Motors, it was renamed the Cadillac Winter Garden Theatre. At the beginning of 2007, the corporation's sponsorship ended and the venue returned to its original name. Winter Garden Theatre - article about the first theatre in New York under this name Winter Garden Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database "Designation List 199" New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission
Nickelodeon on Sunset
Nickelodeon on Sunset, built by showman Earl Carroll in 1938 as the Earl Carroll Theatre, is a stage facility located at 6230 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, California. It housed the West Coast production of live-action original series produced for the Nickelodeon cable channel from 1997 until 2017; the theater will be preserved as part of a new development under construction, but a new operator has not yet been named. The Earl Carroll Theatre opened on December 26, 1938, with a lavish revue, “Broadway to Hollywood”, which featured sixty showgirls ascending 100 treads of stairs to a height of 135 feet. Many Hollywood celebrities were in attendance including Marlene Dietrich, Dolores del Rio, the J. L. Warners, Richard Barthelmess, Sally Eilers, Edgar Bergen, Claudette Colbert, Constance Bennett, Errol Flynn, Lili Damita, William Gargan, Jackie Coogan, Betty Grable, Mary Livingstone, Phil Harris, Conrad Nagel, Mary Brian, Darryl Zanuck, David O. Selznick, Norman Krasna; the $1,000 membership fee guaranteed a lifetime cover charge and a reserved seat.:40The building was designed in the Moderne style by architect Gordon Kaufmann.
The interior design is attributed to both Count Alexis de Sakhnoffsky and Frank Don Riha.:37 As he had done at his New York theater, Carroll emblazoned over the entrance the words "Through these portals pass the most beautiful girls in the world". The theater-restaurant accommodated 1,200 diners:39 and offered shows on a massive stage with a 60-foot wide double revolving turntable and staircase and swings that could be lowered from the ceiling; the building's façade was adorned by what at the time was one of Hollywood's most famous landmarks: a 20-foot-high neon head portrait of entertainer Beryl Wallace, one of Earl Carroll's "most beautiful girls in the world", who became his devoted companion. The sign survived several changes of ownership and venue name but was removed during major decorative overhauling in 1968. A re-creation made from photos is today on display at Universal CityWalk, at Universal City, as part of the collection of historic neon signs from the Museum of Neon Art. Another prominent exterior feature was the "Wall of Fame", on which were mounted more than a hundred individual concrete blocks autographed by Hollywood celebrities, including some of the biggest stars of the 1930s and 1940s.
The Moderne-style interior was lavishly decorated with zeon tube lighting and artwork, some of which remains extant. In 1939, Life magazine described the new building: “exhibits an ultramodern, super-streamlined interior with a patent-leather ceiling, 10,000 colored zeon lights, a 15-ft. Statue, an acre of burgundy carpet...” The centerpiece of the foyer was the Goddess of Light, a 15-foot-tall aluminum-covered plaster statue designed by Martin Deutsch. With hands lifted to the ceiling, the statute held a fifty-foot zeon tube that wound its way to the ceiling; the columns in the lobby bar were filled with zeon lamps and zeon stalactites hung from the ceiling in the cabaret. A large painting of Carroll painted by the artist Strandanees hung near the main entrance.:39Later achieving various degrees of fame in films and on television, Jean Spangler, Mara Corday, Yvonne De Carlo, Phyllis Coates, Maila Nurmi, Gloria Pall, Tyra Vaughn, Mamie Van Doren were some of the showgirls who performed there.
The facility was a popular night spot for many of Hollywood's most glamorous stars and powerful film industry moguls such as Darryl Zanuck and Walter Wanger, who sat on the Earl Carroll Theatre's board of governors. The theater was sold following the 1948 deaths of Earl Carroll and Beryl Wallace in the crash of United Airlines Flight 624, it continued to operate but by the early 1950s it was falling on hard times. In 1953, Las Vegas showman Frank Sennes reopened the theater as a nightclub under the name Moulin Rouge; the popular TV contest show Queen for a Day was broadcast from the Moulin Rouge during part of the show's 1956–1964 run. In late 1965 it became the Hullabaloo, a minors-welcome rock and roll club, capitalizing on the popularity of the television variety show Hullabaloo. For several months in 1968 it was the Kaleidoscope and featured many top West Coast rock acts, with an emphasis on local bands such as The Doors. In 1968, the venue was redecorated in the psychedelic art style, renamed the Aquarius Theater, rededicated as the home of a long-running Los Angeles production of the Broadway musical Hair.
It was still sometimes used for rock concerts on Mondays, when the Hair company had its day off, as a result the Aquarius is famous as the place where The Doors performed on July 21 & 22, 1969, making live recordings that were issued commercially. In 1977 it was known as the Longhorn Theatre and has been called the Sunset Boulevard Theatre. In 1983, the Pick-Vanoff Company purchased the property and converted it into a state-of-the-art television theater that for nine years was the taping site of Star Search; the Pick-Vanoff Company owned Sunset-Gower Studios the home of Columbia Pictures. For many years, it was used for the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon. In the fall of 1993, the theater was the venue for Fox Network's The Chevy Chase Show under the name The Chevy Chase Theater; the talk show was cancelled after five weeks. In the mid-1990s, Nickelodeon decided to move production of some live-action series to the West Coast from Nickelodeon Studios in Orlando, Florida at Universal Studios. After scouting soundstages for a year, the network's headlining mover All That spent a year at Paramount Pictures before Nickelodeon obtained a lease for the 6238 Sunset Blvd facility, acquiring the soundstage and rebranding it Nickelodeon on