Purchase tickets to The Music Manonline, at the theatre box office, or by calling 212-239-6200.
Group Tickets (12+)
Book online or call 800-714-8452.
Take the C, E train to 50th St.
About This Theatre
Shubert has owned the Winter Garden Theatre longer than any of its other venues. The playhouse occupies the second American Horse Exchange, built by William K. Vanderbilt in 1896, when Longacre (now Times Square) was the center of the horse and carriage trade. By 1911, when the Shuberts leased the Exchange, horses had given way to the automobile and legitimate stage productions were making inroads north of 42nd Street. The Winter Garden was converted into a theatre in 1911, and had brief interludes as a movie house from 1928 to 1933 when Warner Brothers leased it, and again in 1945, when United Artists ran it.
The Music Man is now playing at the Winter Garden Theatre, with Back to the Future: The Musical next.
The Winter Garden Theatre has 1,600 seats and is one of the Shubert Organization‘s 17 Broadway theatres.
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Buy tickets now for any performance through January 17, 2022, and you can either refund or exchange your tickets into any other date until 48 hours before the performance. You may exchange an order up to three times and refund once per show per month. Terms are subject to change.
There is no dress code at the theatre. Formal attire is not required. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion.
Children under the age of 4 will not be permitted in the theatre.
Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management.
There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom available.
There is cloakroom service available at this theatre. No strollers or furs.
Accessible seating is available for this performance as indicated on the seating map.
The theatre is not completely wheelchair-accessible. There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk. Please be advised that where there are steps, either into or within the theatre, we are unable to provide assistance.
There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom available.
Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. There are no steps in the designated wheelchair seating location.
Mezzanine location: Located on the second level, up two flights of stairs (34 steps). On the Mezzanine level, there are approximately two steps down per row. Entrance to the Mezzanine is behind row K.
Handrails: Available at the rear entrance stairs to every aisle, and at every row but only in the very far side aisle at each end of the Mezzanine.
Reservations are not necessary. A driver’s license or ID with printed address is required as a deposit. Please e-mail [email protected] or call: 212-582-7678 to reserve in advance.
Loop technology is also available at this theatre.
Shubert Audience Services The Winter Garden Theatre provides accommodations for patrons who are blind, deaf, partially sighted, and/or have hearing loss. The theatre provides infrared assistive listening devices for every performance at the theatre. In addition, beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, hand-held audio description devices and hand-held captioning devices are available, and there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description and/or captioning for personal mobile devices free of charge. (Hand-held devices are limited, although additional devices can be obtained with at least twenty-four hours’ notice.) If you have questions, contact Shubert Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or [email protected]. There is also a representative at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk at every performance to assist any patron with any of our devices, software, or technology.
Built by the Shubert Brothers in 1911 and still owned by the Shubert Organization, this historic musical-comedy house was noted in its early days for a series of lavish revues called The Passing Show and for the famed appearances of Al Jolson, who sang his rousing songs on a runway.
Before Wolf Hall and Rocky came to the Winter Garden in 2015 and 2014, respectively, this theatre played host to two long-running musical smash hits: Mamma Mia! (October 2001 until it moved to the smaller Broadhurst Theatre in November 2013) and Cats (1982 to 2000).
Prior to that megahit, the house presented Christopher Plummer and James Earl Jones in Othello, Richard Harris in a revival of Camelot, and David Merrick’s spectacular production of 42nd Street.
The 1970s brought Purlie; Hal Prince’s exciting production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman’s Follies, starring Alexis Smith, Dorothy Collins, John McMartin, and Gene Nelson; highly successful personal appearances by Neil Diamond and Liza Minnelli; the acclaimed New York Shakespeare Festival production of Much Ado About Nothing, set in the Civil War era; Angela Lansbury giving a Tony-winning performance in a revival of Gypsy; Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman’s Pacific Overtures; Zero Mostel re-creating his role of Tevye in a revival of Fiddler on the Roof; and Beatlemania, a multimedia show about The Beatles.
Three musicals brightened this theatre in the 1960s: Tammy Grimes (Tony Award) in The Unsinkable Molly Brown; Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice in Funny Girl; and Angela Lansbury (Tony Award) in Mame, ably supported by Beatrice Arthur (Tony Award), Frankie Michaels (Tony Award), and Jane Connell.
Hit musicals in the 1950s included Phil Silvers (Tony Award) in Top Banana; Rosalind Russell (Tony Award) in Wonderful Town, which also won a Tony for Best Musical; and the revolutionary West Side Story by Arthur Laurents, Stephen Sondheim, and Leonard Bernstein, which garnered a Tony Award for Jerome Robbins’s brilliant choreography. The last Ziegfeld Follies, starring the great Beatrice Lillie and Billy De Wolfe, also played here in 1957 but had a short run. A much bigger success was the Follies in 1943, starring Milton Berle and the beauteous Ilona Massey.
Hellzapoppin, the lunatic revue by John Sigvard “Ole” Olsen and Harold Ogden “Chic” Johnson, enjoyed a record run beginning in 1938. Bobby Clark had two hits here: Cole Porter’s Mexican Hayride and As the Girls Go. Great revues played here in the 1930s: two Ziegfeld Follies with Fanny Brice; Beatrice Lillie in At Home Abroad and The Show Is On with Bert Lahr; Ray Bolger in Life Begins at 8:40; and Ed Wynn in a book show Hooray for What!.
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