Opened in 1973, the theatre was named for Sam Minskoff and Sons, one of New York’s distinguished real estate families.
More than 200 craftsmen and artisans worked nearly six months to extensively refurbish the Minskoff Theatre to welcome Disney’s The Lion King. Architectural designer Mariuca Brancoveanu has created a dramatic new environment that starts with the terrazzo walkway through the promenade into the theatre. The main lobby area features hand-painted, gold-leaf sculpted tableaus that adorn the theatre’s expansive interior walls and showcase its panoramic views of Broadway.
Refunds/Exchanges The Minskoff Theatre does not provide ticket refunds. For information regarding the exchange policy, click here.
Dress Code There is no formal dress code at the theatre. For all performance, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air-conditioned throughout the year.
Policy for Children
All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre. A limited number of booster seats are available upon request.
Late Seating Policy
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 25 minutes after the performance begins. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.
Policy on Smoking
Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is prohibited in the Minskoff Theatre.
Concessions There are two bars located on the theatre’s orchestra level and two bars located on the mezzanine level where various mixed drinks, sodas, and candy can be purchased. Bottled water and beverages with secure tops are permitted in the auditorium. The bars begin serving patrons 45 minutes prior the start of the performance and at intermission.
Nederlander Theatres do not permit outside food or beverages.
Restrooms are located on the orchestra and mezzanine levels of the theatre.
Cloakroom service is available to patrons during the winter months. No bags or luggage will be checked.
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: Sean Coughlin
Associate Manager: Paul Perez
Treasurer: Nick Loiacono
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 (steps required): Orchestra B1, B2, J1, J2, M101, M129, O130, Q15, Q16, U130, V101, Z101, ZZ130 Mezzanine: E101, E142, GG7, GG8.
For low vision/deaf & hard of hearing guests, accessible seats are available in the Orchestra Row A1-7, A 2-8, B1-7, B2-8.
The Minskoff 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 212-869-0500 or [email protected].
The Minskoff is equipped with accessible restrooms on the theatre’s orchestra level, as well as on the mezzanine level. They 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 or on the mezzanine. These locations are the ONLY ones that do not involve steps. All levels are accessible via the main lobby elevator that is designated for guests with disabilities. (See seating chart.)
Services for our 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 via elevators of escalators. The main lobby level of the theatre is not accessible by elevators.
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
“D-Scriptive is a revolutionary audio description system for patrons who are blind or low vision, available at every single performance. During the show, the audience member hears a detailed description of all the visual aspects and action of the production, including staging, choreography, sets, lighting, costumes, physical humor and intentions, and much of the Playbill and theatre information. It is synchronized perfectly to the show’s cueing system and adjusts itself according to any fluctuations in the performance.
To reserve D-Scriptive for use at the theatre: First, purchase your tickets. Then, reserve your D-Scriptive device by contacting Sound Associates by phone at 212-582-7678 or by email at [email protected] The device will be waiting for you at the Sound Associates Infrared kiosk inside the theatre on the day/night of the show. There is never a charge to use D-Scriptive. For more information, please visit www.G-PASS.org and click on the appropriate service.
I-Caption, a ground-breaking hand-held personal captioning system for theatregoers who are deaf or hard of hearing, simultaneously displays verbatim texts of the entire script as it unfolds on stage, as well as announcements and show information at every performance. Like D-Scriptive, it is synchronized to the show’s cueing system and adjusts itself according to fluctuations in the performance.
To reserve I-Caption and Sound Enhancement headsets for use at the theatre: First, purchase your tickets. Then, reserve your I-Caption device by contacting Sound Associates by phone at 212-582-7678 or by email at [email protected] The device will be waiting for you at the Sound Associates Infrared kiosk inside the theatre on the day/night of the show. There is never a charge to use I-Caption. For more information, please visit www.G-PASS.org and click on the appropriate service.
This service is made possible by Inclusion in the Arts. This program is supported by funds from the City of New York Theater Subdistrict Council, LDC and the City of New York.”
The Minskoff Theatre, perched on the third floor of One Astor Place, opened on March 13, 1973, with an elaborate revival of the 1919 musical Irene with Debbie Reynolds and Patsy Kelly. The theatre, with a spectacular view of The Great White Way, derives its name from Sam Minskoff and Sons, builders and owners of the high-rise, which houses and runs it with the Nederlander Organization.
The theatre features an arcade that runs from 44th to 45th Streets. Inside the spacious lobby dual escalators take playgoers to the third level of the Grand Foyer where there are coat-checking concessions and bars. Additional escalators rise to the fourth or orchestra level. The stage has an innovation: All the flies are on the upstage wall instead of on the side wall.
Notable attractions here have been The Adventures of Tom Sawyer; Saturday Night Fever; The Scarlet Pimpernel; Sunset Boulevard (the house’s seating capacity was enlarged to accommodate this Andrew Lloyd Webber hit), the revival of Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat; Metro, a spectacular musical from Poland; Cathy Rigby in a return engagement of Peter Pan; the long-running revue Black and Blue, winner of three Tonys.
Highlights of the 1980s included a well received new production of West Side Story starring Debbie Allen; the NY Shakespeare Festival’s The Pirates of Penzance, winner of three Tonys; three musicals— Dance a Little Closer, Marilyn and Teddy & Alice — that had short runs; and The Tap Dance Kid, Sweet Charity, and Cabaret that enjoyed long runs. Personal appearances were made here by The Four Tops and The Temptations; Patti LaBelle; and Peter, Paul and Mary.
During the 1970s the Minskoff played host to Charles Aznavour on Broadway and Tony Bennett and Lena Horne Sing. Henry Fonda starred in his one-man show, Clarence Darrow, and Bette Midler clowned in Clams on the Half Shell.
In 1979 the theatre housed Bejart: Ballet of the Twentieth Century, Got Tu Go Disco, and Englebert on Broadway.
In 1978 Rudolf Nureyev danced here, followed by Angel, a musical version of the play Look Homeward, Angel; the musical King of Hearts, based on the Alan Bates film; and Ice Dancing.
In 1975 Pearl Bailey and Billy Daniels brought their production of Hello, Dolly! to this theatre, followed by a rock version of Hamlet called Rockabye Hamlet with Meat Loaf playing a priest. The Dutch National Ballet and Merce Cunningham and Dance Company played engagements, followed by Pippin, which moved here from the Imperial.
Written by Louis Botto
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