Shubert Theatre (New York City)

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Shubert Theatre
Shuberttheatre.jpg
Address225 West 44th Street
CityNew York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722
ArchitectHenry Beaumont Herts
Owned byShubert Organization
Capacity1,460
TypeBroadway
Opened1913
ProductionMatilda the Musical
 
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Shubert Theatre
Shuberttheatre.jpg
Address225 West 44th Street
CityNew York City, New York
CountryUnited States
Coordinates40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′14″W / 40.75806°N 73.98722°W / 40.75806; -73.98722
ArchitectHenry Beaumont Herts
Owned byShubert Organization
Capacity1,460
TypeBroadway
Opened1913
ProductionMatilda the Musical

The Shubert Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 225 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Designed by architect Henry Beaumont Herts, it was named after Sam S. Shubert, the second oldest of the three brothers of the theatrical producing family. It shares a Venetian Renaissance facade with the adjoining Booth Theatre, which was constructed at the same time, although the two have distinctly different interiors. The two theatres are connected by a private road/sidewalk, "Shubert Alley". It opened on 21 October 1913 with the George Bernard Shaw play, Caesar and Cleopatra, staged by the Forbes-Robertson Repertory Company. [1]

The theatre's longest tenant was A Chorus Line, which ran for 6,137 performances from 1975 to 1990 and set the record for longest running show in Broadway history. Later long runs have included Crazy for You (1992–1996), Chicago (1996–2003), Spamalot (2005–2009) and Memphis (2009–2012). The theatre has also been a returning venue for the Tony Awards.

The top floor of the building houses the offices of the Shubert Organization. The theatre's auditorium and murals were restored in 1996. It has been designated a New York City landmark.

Beginning 4 March 2013, Matilda the Musical debuted at the theater, which officially opened on 11 April 2013.[2]

Notable productions[edit]

44th Street facade, 2007
Shubert Alley facade, 2007

In popular culture[edit]

The theatre features in the 1950 Academy Award winner All About Eve. In the 2005 film version of Mel Brooks's The Producers, the musicals Funny Boy, Springtime for Hitler, and Prisoners of Love are all staged at the Shubert Theatre by Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom.[4] In the hit NBC show Smash, the show "Heaven On Earth" is playing at the Shubert Theater.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Whimsical History by English Players", New York Times, October 21, 1913
  2. ^ Minchin, Tim. "Matilda the Musical's Heading to Broadway". Retrieved 19 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Parker, John (ed), Who's Who in the Theatre, 10th revised edition, London, 1947: 1429
  4. ^ The screen adaptation of the Broadway musical The Producers features the Shubert

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