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Broadhurst Theatre
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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune playing in the theater, July 2019
Address 235 West 44th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′29″N 73°59′15″W / 40.758146°N 73.987636°W / 40.758146; -73.987636
Owner The Shubert Organization
Designation Broadway theatre
Capacity 1,156
Production Jagged Little Pill
Construction
Opened September 27, 1917
Architect Herbert J. Krapp

The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan.

It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, a well-known theatre designer who had been working directly with the Shubert brothers; the Broadhurst opened September 27, 1917. Built back-to-back with the Majestic, it was meant to resemble the style of the neighboring Shubert and Booth theaters designed by Henry B. Herts, using less expensive brick and terra cotta materials on the discreetly neoclassical façades

It was named after George Howells Broadhurst, an Anglo-American dramatist who came to America in 1886. In addition to writing plays, he managed theaters in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Francisco before he decided to open his own in association with the Shubert brothers. The theatre was constructed to house both musicals and plays, which it has done successfully for more than a century. It has been designated a New York City landmark.

The Broadhurst opened on September 27, 1917 with George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, the first New York production of the philosophical 1910 comedy. It ran for only 52 performances and was not performed on Broadway again until 1953.

Recent tenants include Les Misérables, which in October 2006 began an intended six-month-long return engagement that finally closed in January 2008; and 2008 revivals of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with an all-African American cast including Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashad, and Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. The theatre is also notable for hosting Jerry Seinfeld's final performance of his original stand up material, which was filmed for an HBO special shortly after the finale of his long-running sitcom.

Interior Panorama of Broadhurst Theater
Interior Panorama of Broadhurst Theatre. View from stage right, Box C.

The theatre has been closed as of March 12, 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not plan on opening until January 3, 2021.

Other notable productions

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George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance at the Broadhurst Theatre (1917)
  • 1917: Maytime
  • 1918: The George and Ira Gershwin composition "The Real American Folk Song" is included in Ladies First, the first time one of their co-written tunes is heard on the Great White Way.
  • 1919: Jane Cowl writes and stars in her popular romantic drama Smilin' Through. 175 performances.
  • 1923: The Dancers by Gerald du Maurier and Viola Tree, starring Richard Bennett
  • 1924: Dixie to Broadway, starring Florence Mills, is the first all-Black show to have a mainstream Broadway production.
  • 1924: Beggar on Horseback, a George S. Kaufman-Marc Connelly collaboration, stars Roland Young.
  • 1928: The Ray Henderson-Buddy De Sylva-Lew Brown musical Hold Everything! introduces the public to "You're the Cream in My Coffee."
  • 1929: June Moon, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner.
  • 1932: Leslie Howard produces and stars in Philip Barry's The Animal Kingdom opposite Ilka Chase.
  • 1933: Sidney Kingsley's Men in White stars Luther Adler and Morris Carnovsky and ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
  • 1935: Robert E. Sherwood's classic, The Petrified Forest, features Leslie Howard and Humphrey Bogart
  • 1935: Helen Hayes and Vincent Price enjoy a 517-performance run in Victoria Regina.
  • 1939: Doddi's Smith's Dear Octopus
Poser - The Streets of Paris
The Streets of Paris, premiered on June 19, 1939, at the Broadhurst Theatre, featuring Carmen Miranda to the American public.
Broadhurst Theatre NYC 2007
The Broadhurst Theatre, 2007
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