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
New York City
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
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.
1 Other notable productions
2 See also
4 External links
Other notable productions
George Bernard Shaw's
Misalliance at the
Broadhurst Theatre (1917)
1917: Maytime (musical)
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.
Jane Cowl writes and stars in her popular romantic drama Smilin'
Through. 175 performances.
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
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
Helen Hayes and
Vincent Price enjoy a 517-performance run in
1939: Doddi's Smith's Dear Octopus
The Streets of Paris, premiered on June 19, 1939, at the Broadhurst
Carmen Miranda to the American public.
1939: Carmen Miranda, Brazilian singer made her debut on the American
stages in The Streets of Paris.
Agatha Christie arrives on Broadway with Ten Little Indians.
Follow the Girls
Follow the Girls completed its 888-performance run at the
1946: Anita Loos' comedy hit, Happy Birthday, wins star Helen Hayes
Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
Barbara Cook makes her Broadway debut in the short-lived
1951: Seventeen, a musical, opens.
1952: Pal Joey revival runs for 540 performances and wins Tony Award
for Helen Gallagher.
Rosalind Russell has the title role in
Jerome Lawrence and
Robert E. Lee's Auntie Mame.
France Nuyen and
William Shatner co-star in Paul Osborn's The
World of Suzie Wong.
1959: Fiorello!, with a Jerry Bock-
Sheldon Harnick score, is directed
by George Abbott, stars Tom Bosley, and wins a Tony and the Pulitzer.
110 in the Shade
110 in the Shade enjoys a 330-performance run with Robert
Horton, Will Geer, Lesley Ann Warren, and
Inga Swenson in her Broadway
Oh, What a Lovely War! garners 4
Tony Award nominations,
including Best Musical, and wins the Theatre World Award.
1965: Kelly - The biggest Broadway flop, it closed on the opening
1966: Jill Haworth, Joel Grey, Jack Gilford, Lotte Lenya, and Bert
Convy invite audiences to come to
John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret
1967: More Stately Mansions, one of Eugene O'Neill's lesser efforts,
has an all-star cast including Ingrid Bergman, Arthur Hill, and
1969: Woody Allen, Tony Roberts, and
Diane Keaton forsake the screen
to star in Allen's Play It Again, Sam; The Fig Leaves Are Falling
closes after only four performances.
1970: Cry for Us All, a musical adaptation of the hit off-Broadway
play Hogan's Goat, was far less successful than its source, closing
after only eighteen previews and nine performances.
70, Girls, 70
70, Girls, 70 was an unsuccessful collaboration by Kander and
Alan Arkin directs
Jack Albertson and
Sam Levene in Neil Simon's
The Sunshine Boys
Marlo Thomas makes her Broadway debut in Herb Gardner's Thieves,
directed by Charles Grodin.
Katharine Hepburn and
Christopher Reeve co-star in Enid
Bagnold's drama A Matter of Gravity.
1976: Larry Gelbart's Sly Fox, directed by Arthur Penn, stars George
C. Scott, Jack Gilford, Gretchen Wyler, and Hector Elizondo.
Ann Reinking and
Wayne Cilento star in director and
choreographer Bob Fosse's Dancin'.
1980: Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, with Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, and Jane
Seymour, settles in for a 1181-performance run.
Alfonso Ribeiro plays the title role in
The Tap Dance Kid
The Tap Dance Kid with
Hinton Battle, who wins a Tony.
Dustin Hoffman is
Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a
1986: Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, co-starring
Jason Alexander and
Linda Lavin wins a Tony for her performance.
Aspects of Love
Aspects of Love proves to be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's least
Joan Collins stars in a revival of Noël Coward's Private Lives
1993: The Terrence McNally-John Kander-
Fred Ebb musical Kiss of the
Spider Woman stars Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, and Anthony Crivello.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker stars in a revival of the musical Once Upon
Jerry Seinfeld delivered his final performance of his original
stand-up act, I'm Telling You for the Last Time.
1999: Fosse, a revue featuring
Bob Fosse shows.
The Broadhurst Theatre, 2007
Ian McKellen and
Helen Mirren starred in a revival of August
Strindberg's Dance Of Death.
2002: A revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods, with Vanessa
Williams as the Witch.
2003: A musical adaptation of the film Urban Cowboy.
2005: Lennon, featuring the former Beatle's music and lyrics, runs for
42 previews and 49 performances.
2006: Alan Bennett's
The History Boys
The History Boys transfers from
London with its
2006-2008: The revival of Les Misérables to celebrate the show
becoming the longest running musical in the world.
2008: A revival of Equus stars
Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.
2009 A production of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart stars Janet
McTeer as Mary, Queen of Scots, and
Harriet Walter as Elizabeth of
2009: A West End Transfer of Hamlet, starring
Jude Law as the title
2010: ENRON, a play by Lucy Prebble, inspired by the infamous 2001
financial scandal involving the company.
2010: Public Theater's transfer of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al
Pacino as Shylock.
2011: Floyd Mutrux's Baby It's You!, starring Beth Leavel.
2011: Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway, starring Hugh Jackman.
2012: A Streetcar Named Desire, starring
Blair Underwood and Nicole
2013: Lucky Guy, starring Tom Hanks.
2013: Mamma Mia!, transfer from the Winter Garden Theatre.
2015: Misery, starring
Bruce Willis and Laurie Metcalf.
2016: Tuck Everlasting, a musical based on the 1975 book by author
Natalie Babbitt; starring Andrew Keenan-Bolger, Carolee Carmello,
Terrence Mann and introducing Sarah Charles Lewis.
2016: The Front Page, starring Nathan Lane, John Slattery, John
Goodman, Jefferson Mays, Holland Taylor, Sherie Rene Scott, and Robert
2017: Anastasia, a musical based on the 1997 film; starring Christy
Altomare and Derek Klena
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to 59th Streets
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