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.
Star Performer Absenteeism
Refunds are not granted in the event of cast replacements.
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 in the main lobby, two bars located on the theatre’s orchestra level, and two bars located on the mezzanine where various mixed drinks, sodas, and candy can be purchased. However, water and the special commemorative beverage cups are the only beverages permitted in the auditorium. No outside food or beverage, except water, is permitted in the theatre.
The bars begin serving patrons 45 minutes before the performance begins.
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.
The producers of The Lion King provide numerous stations throughout the theatre where a wide variety of souvenirs can be purchased.
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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
Head Usher: Angel Diaz
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1501 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 840-5577
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 James M. Nederlander.
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.
The most recent 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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