Opened in 1910, the theatre was originally named The Globe, after Shakespeare’s theatre in England. It had a retractable roof to enable the theatre to stay cool and open during the summer. For nearly two decades, the theatre housed a variety of plays and musicals, until 1932 when it was turned into a movie house.
In 1958, the theatre was gutted and rebuilt in its present configuration as a legitimate theatre. It was renamed in honor of America’s foremost husband-wife acting couple, Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who starred in its first production, The Visit. Theatregoers can enjoy a selection of photographs from their private collection on display throughout the lobby areas.
Visa, Mastercard and American Express 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 Lunt-Fontanne 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.
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket.
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Generally speaking, late patrons will be held at the back of the theatre, where they can watch the show through the first song. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Smoking is prohibited in the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre.
Bar There is one bar located on the mezzanine level and one bar in the lower lounge where various mixed drinks, sodas, and candy can be purchased. However, water and the souvenir drink cup are the only bevarages permitted in the theatre.
The mezzanine bar begins serving patrons one hour before the performance begins.
Male and female restrooms are located on the lower and mezzanine levels of the theatre.
Cloakroom service is available to patrons during the winter months. No bags or luggage will be checked.
Open during showtime hours.
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Patron Security For the protection of our patrons and theatre, managers 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: Tracey Malinowski
Treasurer: Joe Olcese
Head Usher: Lauren Banyai
Nederlander Alliances, LLC
1501 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 840-5577
Built in 1910 as the Globe and renamed the Lunt-Fontanne in 1958 in honor of the famed acting couple, this handsome theatre is now owned by the Nederlander Organization.
The house’s most recent productions have been Titanic; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Three Sisters; Hello, Dolly!; Comedy Tonight; Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public; Ain’t Broadway Grand; Catskills on Broadway; Sting in 3 Penny Opera; Gospel at Colonus; Uptown…It’s Hot!; Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in Private Lives; Sophisticated Ladies; Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan; The Rothschilds with Tony Awards for Hal Linden and Keene Curtis; and a series of revivals of hit musicals: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum starring Phil Silvers (1972); The Pajama Game (1973); My Fair Lady (from the St. James Theatre); and Carol Channing back again in Hello, Dolly! (1978). During these years there was also the musical Rex, starring Nicol Williamson.
In the 1960s Sid Caesar shined in the musical Little Me, with Bob Fosse’s choreography winning a Tony Award; Martha Graham and her Dance Company performed; Richard Burton played Hamlet and Hume Cronyn won a Tony as Polonius; Norman Wisdom amused in Walking Happy; Julie Harris went musical in Skyscraper; Marlene Dietrich made a dazzling Broadway debut in a concert of songs and anecdotes, backed by Burt Bacharach and his Orchestra; a Wall Street musical called How Now, Dow Jones won a Tony Award for actor Hiram Sherman; and Nicol Williamson played an interesting, acerbic Hamlet.
From mid-1932 until 1957 this theatre was a movie house with its entrance on Broadway. At this time Roger Stevens and Robert W. Dowling restored the house to legitimacy by completely redoing it in an elegant eighteenth — century style. The entrance was now returned to its original 46th Street location, and the theatre was renamed the Lunt-Fontanne. The gala reopening of the theatre starred the Lunts in one of their best plays — The Visit. It was their last appearance on Broadway. Other 1950’s highlights included John Gielgud and Margaret Leighton in Much Ado About Nothing; Mary Martin in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s last musical, The Sound of Music, which won six Tonys.
The last musical to play this theatre before it became a movie house in 1932 was Jerome Kern and Otto Harbach’s delightful The Cat and the Fiddle, which ran for 329 performances. Before that, Beatrice Lillie had cavorted in Vincent Youmans’s Oh, Please, containing the hit song “I Know That You Know.”
In the early years of this house, the comedy team of Dave Montgomery and Fred Stone starred in many hit musicals here. These included The Old Town and Chin-Chin. Stone appeared without his partner in such hits as Jack o’Lantern and Tip-Top. When Stone became ill, Will Rogers subbed for him in Three Cheers. With his dancing daughter Dorothy, Stone scored a big hit in Stepping Stones. The Ziegfeld Follies of 1921 starred W.C. Fields and Fanny Brice, who sang “My Man” and “Second Hand Rose”; and two editions of George White’s Scandals with Gershwin scores opened here. For a change of pace in 1916, two great actresses — Laurette Taylor and Lynn Fontanne — appeared here in The Harp of Life.
Written by Louis Botto
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