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Take the C, E train to 50th St.
About This Theatre
The Broadway Theatre is one of only five playhouses that front on the street named Broadway. It opened in 1924 as B. S. Moss’s Colony, a premiere film house. The most notable film that played there in the early years was Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie which opened in 1928 and introduced American audiences to an adorable rodent named Mickey Mouse. The theatre went “legit” from 1930 to 1934, when it was re-christened the Broadway. From 1934 to 1940, the house was once again dedicated to motion picture exhibition and offered the premiere of Disney’s Fantasia in 1939. In 1940, however, it returned to legitimate stage production and, except for a brief stint as a Cinerama movie theatre in the 1950s, has remained in the business of showcasing live theater ever since.
The Little Prince is next up at the Broadway Theatre.
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Ticket sales are nonrefundable. If you have completed your order, entered your purchase information, and had the order confirmed, you may not cancel the order or return your tickets.
There is no dress code at the theatre. Formal attire is not required. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Children King Kong is recommended for ages 8 and older. Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
Wheelchair-accessible restroom is located on the lobby level. Additional restrooms are located down one flight of steps in the lower lounge (23 steps) or upstairs one flight of steps (20 steps).
There is cloakroom service available at this theatre. No strollers or furs.
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
Theatre is not completely wheelchair-accessible.
There is one (unisex) wheelchair accessible restroom located on the lobby level.
Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only.
Mezzanine location: Located up two flights of stairs (30 steps). Once on the Mezzanine level, there are approximately two steps up and down per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind Front Mezzanine row F and in front of row A of the Rear Mezzanine.
Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.
Reservations are not necessary. Driver’s license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please e-mail [email protected] or call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Loop technology is also available at this theatre.
Shubert Audience Services The Broadway Theatre provides at least 10 infrared assistive-listening devices for every performance at the theatre. Beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening-night performance, at least 10 audio description devices are available for every performance at the theatre. In addition, there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description software for personal mobile devices, available beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, which provides an automated detailed account of the visual of the production, free of charge, for blind or partially sighted patrons. The theatre also offers handheld devices and software that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons, available beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening-night performance. Additional devices can be available with at least 24 hours’ notice by contacting Shubert Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or [email protected]. There is also a representative at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk at every performance to assist any patron with the audio description devices, software, or captioning devices.
B.S. Moss, a movie mogul, built this theatre as a movie house in 1924, reopening it as a legit theatre in 1930 with the glittering Cole Porter musical The New Yorkers.
Now owned by the Shubert Organization, this theatre’s large seating capacity has been ideal for spectacular musicals. Past tenants have included Fiddler on the Roof; Doctor Zhivago; Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella; Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on Broadway; Sister Act; Promises, Promises; Shrek the Musical; Cirque Dreams; The Color Purple; Bombay Dreams; La Bohème; Robin Williams: Live on Broadway; and Blast!.
The Tony Award–winning musicals Miss Saigon and Les Misérables kept the Broadway booked between 1987 and 2001; before they moved in, the theatre housed Bob Fosse’s last musical, Big Deal; Yul Brynner’s farewell performances in The King and I;The Three Musketeers; a revival of Zorba, starring Anthony Quinn; and Evita.
In 1976, a revival of Guys and Dolls proved popular, as did The Wiz, which transferred here from another theatre. In 1974 the Broadway was gutted and renovated into a labyrinth to accommodate Harold Prince’s revival of Candide, with a new book by Hugh Wheeler, additional lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, and the sensational Leonard Bernstein score. It won five Tony Awards.
A 1970 hit was the musical Purlie, with Cleavon Little and Melba Moore winning Tonys for their performances. In the 1960s Vivien Leigh made her musical comedy debut here in Tovarich and promptly won a Tony Award. Noël Coward’s The Girl Who Came to Supper, a musical version of The Sleeping Prince, woke people up when Tessie O’Shea belted her Tony Award-winning songs.
The outstanding event of the 1950s was Ethel Merman’s milestone performance in Gypsy, the sensational musical by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim. Some years later, Merman returned in a revival of Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, which moved here from Lincoln Center. Kander and Ebb’s The Happy Time won a Tony for Robert Goulet.
Some past highlights of this theatre include Beggar’s Holiday, by Duke Ellington and John LaTouche (1946); Song of Norway, the popular musical featuring Edvard Grieg’s music (1946); Mike Todd’s production of Sigmund Romberg’s Up in Central Park (1945); a production of Carmen Jones, Oscar Hammerstein II’s version of the opera Carmen (1943); Gertrude Lawrence’s return engagement in Lady in the Dark by Moss Hart, Kurt Weill, and Ira Gershwin (1943); and Irving Berlin’s This Is the Army, in which he sang “Oh, How I Hate to Get Up in the Morning” (1942).
This theatre has been extensively renovated several times by the Shubert Organization and is one of Broadway’s prized musical houses.
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