Opened in 1986, the Marquis Theatre is one of the newest theatres to be built on Broadway. Located inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel, it was designed to provide maximum comfort for audiences and actors while conveying a feeling of intimacy. The venue features an expansive backstage, high ceilings, state-of-the-art acoustics, wide aisles, comfortable seats, ample restrooms, and parking.
Since its opening, the theatre has showcased a series of hit musicals including Me and My Girl, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, The Goodbye Girl, Damn Yankees, Victor/Victoria, Peter Pan, Annie Get Your Gun, and Thoroughly Modern Millie. Before or after seeing a show at the Marquis, theatergoers can dine at one of the fine restaurants located throughout the hotel.
Refunds/Exchanges The Marquis Theatre does not provide ticket refunds or exchanges.
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. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Late patrons who are seated in the front orchestra are held in the lobby for 10 minutes after the performance begins. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Marquis Theatre.
Concessions There are three bars located on the theatre’s orchestra level and one bar on the mezzanine level where alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages as well as snacks can be purchased. Bottled water and beverages with secure tops are permitted in the auditorium. The bars begin serving patrons 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance and at intermission.
Nederlander Theatres do not permit outside food or beverages.
Restrooms are located outside the theatre lobby, Orchestra level, in the common area on the third Floor and Mezzanine level of the Marquis Hotel.
There is no cloakroom service available at this theatre.
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: Tiffani Gavin
Associate House Manager: Eric Brown
Treasurer: Rick Waxman
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
Wheelchair locations are available in the orchestra section 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 movable/folding armrests (“Aisle transfer seats”) in these locations: Orchestra A1, A2, F17, F18, K1, K2, P101, P125, S27, S28, T1, T2; Mezzanine K33, K34, L1, L2.
The theatre aisles on the orchestra level are stepped instead of rampped. There are 22 steps starting from row X down to row AA.
For low vision/deaf & hard of hearing guests, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra Row A 101-104, B 1-3, B 2-4.
The Marquis 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 212-382-0100 or [email protected].
All restrooms are equipped to accommodate the patrons with disabilities.
Services for Patrons With Disabilities
Theatre representatives are available to meet physically challenged theatergoers in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas.
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, personal induction loop devices are also available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit. Please set your device to the “t” setting.
The Marquis, which has been leased by the Nederlander Organization for 35 years, had a spectacular opening on August 10, 1986, with an enormous hit: the British musical Me and My Girl, with Robert Lindsay re-creating his award-winning role of Bill Snibson and winning a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Tony Awards also went to his co-star Maryann Plunkett for Best Actress in a Musical and Gillian Gregory for her choreography.
Me and My Girl was a new production of a 1937 London musical, and it delighted audiences with its broad humor, glamorous sets and costumes, and a rousing musical score, including the 1930’s dance craze “The Lambeth Walk.” It ran for 1,420 performances and got the beautiful new theatre off to a flying start.
Audiences also liked the raucous Brazilian song-and-dance revue called Oba Oba ’90, which played this theatre in l990. The near-nude dancing by a large cast enlivened this native extravaganza.
The scenic resources of the Marquis were tested to their fullest capacities by Shogun: The Musical in 1990. Based on the novel by James Clavell, the musical had book and lyrics by John Driver and music by Paul Chihara.
Tyne Daly, who had won a Tony the previous season for her starring role in Gypsy, the galvanic musical by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne, and Stephen Sondheim, brought the musical back to the Marquis Theatre in 1991 and repeated her electrifying performance as Rose. Arthur Laurents was back at the Marquis later that year as librettist and director of the musical Nick & Nora, which had a score by Charles Strouse and Richard Maltby Jr. Based on the characters Nick and Nora Charles, created by Dashiell Hammett in The Thin Man, the musical murder spoof cast Barry Bostwick and Joanna Gleason as the husband/wife sleuths and Faith Prince as a very funny murder victim.
On April 24, 1992, a new production of Man of La Mancha opened at the Marquis, starring Raul Julia as Cervantes/Don Quixote and Sheena Easton as Aldonza/Dulcinea.
The Marquis’s 1993 tenant was The Goodbye Girl, starring Bernadette Peters and Martin Short, based on the Neil Simon film with book by Mr. Simon and a Marvin Hamlisch/David Zippel score.
In 1994 a splendid new production of Damn Yankees opened with Bebe Neuwirth, Victor Garber, and Jarrod Emick. Mr. Garber was succeeded by Jerry Lewis, making his Broadway debut. Julie Andrews in Victor/Victoria was a long-running tenant. She was succeeded by Liza Minnelli and Raquel Welch.
Written by Louis Botto
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