The Gershwin Theatre was named in honor of one of America’s greatest composers, George Gershwin, and his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. The theatre’s rotunda was designed to showcase the names and photographs of Broadway’s own Theater Hall of Fame.
Theatre audiences now enjoy an exhibition on display throughout the main lobby featuring costumes, opening night gifts, props, stage notes, and other items from the personal collections of such Broadway luminaries as Carol Channing, Julie Harris, Lynn Fontanne, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, John Raitt, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Irene Worth, and many others.
The Gershwin opened in 1972 with 1,900 seats, and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.
American Express, Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Tickets can be purchased at the theatre or by calling 877-250-2929. Tickets can also be purchased at www.Ticketmaster.com.
Arrangements for groups can be made through Broadway Direct Group Sales with the name of the show you wish to see, the performance you wish to attend, the desired price category, and the number of tickets you seek. Procedures and terms will be explained upon contact. Visit groups.BroadwayDirect.com or call 800-714-8452 for more information.
Refunds/Exchanges: The Gershwin Theatre does not provide ticket refunds or exchanges.
Star Performer Absenteeism:
Refunds are not granted in the event of cast replacements.
Dress Code: There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air-conditioned during the summer months.
The Gershwin Theatre welcomes patrons ages 5 and older. As a courtesy to our guests, children under the age of 5 will not be permitted in the theatre. Please be aware that all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Generally speaking, late patrons who are seated in the front orchestra are held in the auditorium until approximately twenty minutes after the performance begins. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Gershwin Theatre.
Concessions There are two bars located on the theatre’s second floor and two bars located on the fourth floor where refreshments may be purchased. However, water is the only beverage that is permitted in the auditorium unless the soda is in the capped cup available at the bar. The bars begin serving patrons 60 minutes before the performance begins.
Male and female restrooms are located on the second and fourth floors of the theatre.
Cloakroom service is available to patrons during the winter months. No bags or luggage will be checked.
The producers of Wicked provide numerous stations throughout the theatre where a wide variety of souvenirs can be purchased.
We are partnered with ParkWhiz to help our customers book parking in advance. ParkWhiz features hundreds of parking locations all over NYC at discounted rates. Book parking here before you head in for the show.
Patron Security For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.
All bags will be inspected upon arrival. Luggage, shopping bags, and other large packages that will not fit comfortably with you at your seat will not be checked or allowed inside the theatre. For your convenience, please make other arrangements for these items before arriving.
Do not leave your personal bags (purses, backpacks) unattended while in the theatre.
House Manager: Susan Martin
Associate House Manager: Anthony McDonald
Treasurer: John Campise
Head Usher: Brenda Denaris
Nederlander Alliances, LLC
1501 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 840-5577
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
Wheelchair locations are available in the Orchestra and Mezzanine of the theatre (pending availability). You may purchase one wheelchair and three companion seats per order if available.
For guests with limited mobility, there are seats available with folding armrests (“Aisle transfer seats”) in these locations: Orchestra (requires steps): A2, A101, BB1, BB118, E118, K101, N1, N2, N35, N36, Q35, Q36. Mezzanine (requires steps): D2, C118, J33, J34. Mezzanine (no steps): E101, E116.
There is a minimum of 10 stairs to access rows BB–Q in the Orchestra.
For low vision/deaf and hard of hearing guests, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra Row BB1-3, BB 2-4, CC 1-3, CC 2-4.
The Gershwin Theatre is committed to the needs of our patrons with disabilities. For more details on our policies or assistance purchasing accessible seating, please contact us at 212-586-6510 or [email protected].
The Gershwin is equipped with one wheelchair-accessible restroom on the theatre’s second floor, as well as wide stalls in the restrooms of the fourth floor. These floors can be accessed via a main lobby elevator that is strictly designated for guests with disabilities.
There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the rear of the orchestra section on the third floor. These locations are the ONLY ones that do not involve steps. The third floor is accessible via the main lobby elevator that is designated for guests with disabilities. (See seating chart.)
Services for Patrons With Disabilities
Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas via elevators or escalators. The main orchestra level of the theater is not accessible by elevators and escalators.
Policy on Guide Dogs and Service Animals
Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals. Please inform your ticket sales representative if any accommodations are required.
Assisted Listening Devices
Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit. For patrons with a tele coil, this theatre is equipped with an induction loop. Please set your device to the “t” setting.
Audio Described/Captioned/Signed Performances
The Gershwin provides “Audio Description For Our Patrons Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted,” a detailed account of the visual aspects of the production. The theatre also offers “I-Caption” hand-held devices that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons. Performances are not presented in sign- language.
ShowTrans Systems, which provide automated multilingual commentary of the production, is available on the second floor for a rental fee of $10.00. Commentary is available in German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.
This theatre opened as the Uris on November 28, 1972, and was the first new legitimate theatre built on Broadway since 1928. A 30-year lease was taken on it by Gerald Oestreicher, and the opening production was a space musical called Via Galactica.
For more than two decades, this house, rechristened the Gershwin on June 5, 1983, has showcased spectacular musicals, concerts, ballets, and plays. Recent tenants: Oklahoma!, Riverdance On Broadway, Tango Argentino, Peter Pan, On the Town, 1776, Candide, Show Boat, Tommy Tune Tonite! The colorful Moscow Circus cavorted here in 1991. In 1990 Fiddler on the Roof, starring Topol as Tevye, won the Tony for Best Revival.
A lavishly mounted stage adaptation of Meet Me in St. Louis arrived in 1990 with some additional songs written by Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane, who had created the famed MGM movie score.
Starlight Express, with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Richard Stilgoe, rolled in in 1987 with skilled skaters zooming all over the theatre on an ingenious set by John Napier.
In 1985 Singin’ in the Rain was adapted for the stage by Comden and Green from their original MGM screenplay, with vintage songs by Arthur Freed and Nacio Herb Brown and real rain onstage.
The RSC, headed by Derek Jacobi and Sinead Cusack, distinguished themselves in 1984 in Cyrano de Bergerac and Much Ado About Nothing.
The classic Show Boat docked here in 1983 with Donald O’Connor at the helm as Cap’n Andy. The long-running hit Annie moved here in 1982, and in 1981 the rollicking New York Shakespeare Festival production of The Pirates of Penzance won Tonys for Kevin Kline, director Wilford Leach, and as Best Revival. That same year, Rex Harrison, Milo O’Shea, Nancy Ringham, and Cathleen Nesbitt returned in a sumptuous revival of My Fair Lady.
The 70s brought the sensational Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler. Directed by Harold Prince and starring Angela Lansbury and Len Cariou, the musical won eight Tonys in 1979. In 1977 Yul Brynner and Constance Towers triumphed in a revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The King and I, and The Houston Grand Opera brought its thrilling revival of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess in 1976. The production included sections never before performed and received a Tony Award for Best Revival. Another opera, Scott Joplin’s Treemonisha, also a Houston Grand opera production, was performed here for the first time and proved the novelty of the season. During 1973 there was a stage version of the musical Gigi, starring Alfred Drake, Daniel Massey, Agnes Moorehead, and Karin Wolfe; a revival of Romberg’s The Desert Song; and a popular musical version of the play Two for the Seesaw, called Seesaw, with Tommy Tune winning a Tony.
Among superstars who made concert appearances here were Bing Crosby, Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, and Frank Sinatra.
The Gershwin also houses the Theater Hall of Fame.
Written by Louis Botto
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