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Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)

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Type  Broadway
Opened  December 25, 1924
Capacity  1,761
Owner  The Shubert Organization
Production  Miss Saigon
Rebuilt  1956 1986
Phone  +1 212-239-6200
Architectural style  Contemporary architecture
Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)

Address  1681 Broadway, New York, NY 10019, USA

The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Roma) is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. It has a large seating capacity of 1,761, and unlike most Broadway theaters, it is actually located on Broadway, at number 1681.

Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day 1924 as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. The theater has operated under many names and owners. It was renamed Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a legitimate theater house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930. In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films. For a short time during the 1950s it showed Cinerama films.

On November 18, 1928 the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public, Steamboat Willie, debuted at the Colony. Producer Walt Disney returned on November 13, 1940 to debut the feature film Fantasia in Fantasound, an early stereo system.

The legitimate theater opened in 1930 with The New Yorkers by Cole Porter. Stars such as Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, José Ferrer, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, Zero Mostel, and Mae West have appeared on stage.

The Shubert Organization bought the theater in 1939 and renovated it extensively in 1956 and 1986. It has long been a popular theatre for producers of musicals because of large seating capacity, and the large stage, which is nearly sixty feet deep. Often plays that have become successful in smaller theaters have transferred to the Broadway Theatre.

Notable productions

  • 1928: Steamboat Willie
  • 1930: The New Yorkers
  • 1932: Earl Carroll's Vanities (starring Milton Berle)
  • 1940: Walt Disney's Fantasia
  • 1941: Too Many Girls
  • 1942: My Sister Eileen
  • 1943: Lady in the Dark, Damn Yankees
  • 1946: Beggar's Holiday
  • 1948: The Cradle Will Rock, High Button Shoes
  • 1951: Where's Charley?, Oklahoma!
  • 1952: Kiss Me, Kate
  • 1953: South Pacific
  • 1956: Mr. Wonderful
  • 1957: The Most Happy Fella; Shinbone Alley
  • 1958: The Body Beautiful
  • 1959: Gypsy
  • 1960: The Music Man
  • 1961: Fiorello!, Grand Hotel
  • 1962: My Fair Lady, I Can Get It for You Wholesale
  • 1963: The Girl Who Came to Supper
  • 1965: Baker Street
  • 1966: Funny Girl
  • 1968: Cabaret
  • 1969: The Pirates of Penzance
  • 1970: Fiddler on the Roof
  • 1972: Dude
  • 1974: Candide
  • 1976: Guys and Dolls
  • 1977: The Wiz
  • 1979: Evita
  • 1983: Zorba
  • References

    Broadway Theatre (53rd Street) Wikipedia