Broadway Theaters in New York City
The forty venues listed below are recognized (by virtue of location, size, and history) as Broadway theaters in New York City.
Most Broadway theaters are in midtown Manhattan, on the west side between 41st and 54th Streets. One outlier, the Beaumont at Lincoln Center, is on 65th Street. Here's a map of all current Broadway shows and Broadway theaters.
Broadway shows are often quite grand, with spectacular productions and casts that often include well-known performers, but Broadway theaters are relatively intimate. They range in size from 500 to 1,900 seats - smaller than most regional venues that present Broadway touring shows, and dramatically smaller than the 6,000-seat Radio City Music Hall.
Only shows presented in Broadway theaters can be marketed as "Broadway shows," and only those shows (and the artists associated with them) are eligible for Broadway's most prestigious prize, the Tony Award.
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Broadway Venues, Seating Charts, Locations, Maps, Current Broadway Shows and Tickets
|Al Hirschfeld Theatre (seating chart)|
302 West 45th Street
Restored and renamed in 2003 to honor the long-time Broadway caricaturist (who died a few months prior, at 99), this theater is the only Broadway venue in the Times Square area located west of Eighth Avenue. It first opened in 1924 and was designed to be the most lavish theatre of its time. Past productions include Orson Welles in "Romeo & Juliet," Geraldine Page and Paul Newman in "Sweet Bird of Youth," and Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods." More recently, it has been home to Best Musical nominee "Curtains" and Best Musical Revival winner "Hair."
|Ambassador Theatre (seating chart)|
219 West 49th Street
Built in 1919, this is one of the few theatres situated diagonally to the street in order to take advantage of limited real estate. Between 1935 and 1955, it served as a movie theatre and television studio, but returned to legitimate use when "The Diary of Anne Frank" transferred from the Cort Theatre. The original production of "Godspell" played its Broadway run here, Gregory Hines wowed audiences in "Eubie," and Rosemary Harris won a Tony for "The Lion in Winter." Recently, it's been home to "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown," "Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk," and "Topdog/Underdog."
|American Airlines Theatre (seating chart)|
227 West 42nd Street
Originally opened as the Selwyn Theatre in 1918, this venue hosted major musical and dramatic productions such as Cole Porter's "Wake Up and Dream." In the years since, it fluctuated between cinematic and theatrical use, eventually falling into disrepair. In 1997, the Roundabout Theater Company restored the theatre to its former glory, preserving the original murals, ornamental plasterwork, and the theatre boxes. It has since seen productions including the Broadway premieres of "After Miss Julie" and "Everyday Rapture."
|August Wilson Theatre (seating chart)|
245 West 52nd Street
Renamed for the renowned playwright in 2005, this venue was previously called the Virginia. Paul Scofield made his Broadway debut here and won a Tony for his performance in "A Man for All Seasons." Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne played here in "The Second Man" in 1927. In 1988, the venue housed a musicalized version of Stephen King's "Carrie," which closed after 5 performances. Recent productions have included "Smokey Joe's Cafe" and "Little Shop of Horrors," before its current tenant, "Jersey Boys".
|Barrymore Theatre (seating chart)|
243 West 47th Street
Named for Ethel Barrymore, the stage has seen some of the most riveting drama to play Broadway, including the original productions of "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "A Raisin in the Sun." Ms. Barrymore opened the theatre in a production of "The Kingdom of God" in 1928. Although the Shuberts built many theatres over the years intended for specific performers, this is the only surviving theatre that still bears the name of its associated star. In recent years, the Barrymore has seen productions of "The Glass Menagerie" and "Speed-the-Plow."
|Belasco Theatre (seating chart)|
111 West 44th Street
Built in 1907 to the specifications of, and later named for, the impresario David Belasco (known as the "Wizard of the Theatre" and "The Bishop of Broadway"), the interior features lavish displays of gilt and Tiffany glass. It opened as the Stuyvesant Theatre with Antoinette Perry in "A Grand Army Man." Mr. Belasco's ghost was long-rumored to haunt the place until the nudie-revue "Oh, Calcutta" played the house in the 1970's. More recently, the venue was home to the starry cast of "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."
|Booth Theatre (seating chart)|
222 West 45th Street
Named for Edwin Booth, the famed actor known as the Gentleman Player (and brother to John Wilkes), the Booth Theatre was built in 1913. It is an intimate theatre, well suited to small musicals and plays. Past performances include Helen Hayes in "Dancing Mothers," Josephine Hull and Henry Travers in "You Can't Take it With You," and Stephen Sondheim's "Sunday in the Park With George." In 2009, it became home to the wildly successful new musical "Next to Normal."
|Broadhurst Theatre (seating chart)|
235 West 44th Street
Opened in 1917, this theatre was intended as a home for the plays of George Broadhurst, who put down his pen in 1924. It has seen Humphrey Bogart in "The Petrified Forest," Abbott & Costello in "The Streets of Paris," and Helen Hayes in "Happy Birthday" (for which she won the first Tony awarded for Outstanding Actress). In October 2006, "Les Miserables" opened here for what was intended to be a 6-month revival - and closed in January 2008. Recently, it has seen stars Daniel Radcliffe and Al Pacino in "Equus" and "The Merchant of Venice," respectively.
|Broadway Theatre (seating chart)|
1681 Broadway (between 52nd & 53rd)
In its early days, this house alternated between hosting popular movies and musical revues. The first live show here was the Cole Porter revue "The New Yorkers," starring Jimmy Durante, in 1930. It was renovated extensively in both 1956 and 1986. Beginning in 1991, it was home to the megamusical "Miss Saigon," complete with a helicopter entrance in Act II. It was no less exciting in 2008, when Kristin Chenoweth and Sean Hayes took on the lead roles in "Promises, Promises."
|Brooks Atkinson Theatre (seating chart)|
256 West 47th Street
Built in 1926, this theatre opened as the Mansfield and operated for only a few years before falling into disuse in 1933. For 15 years, it was used as a CBS TV sound-stage for "What's My Line?". In 1960, it was renamed for New York Times theatre critic Brooks Atkinson and returned to legitimate use. It has since seen the premieres of "Come Blow Your Horn," "Noises Off," and "Talley's Folly." More recently, it hosted the revival of "Grease!" which cast its Sandy and Danny via a reality TV show.
|Circle in the Square Theatre (seating chart)|
1633 Broadway (50th Street)
The original Circle in the Square was founded in 1951 by Theodore Mann and Jose Quintero and located in Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village. It moved uptown to its current location in 1972, where it was home to the Circle-in-the-Square Repertory Company. It is the only Broadway theatre affiliated with a nationally recognized actor training program. This venue was arranged in a "thrust" configuration for "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," but more recently has been "in the round" for productions including "The Norman Conquests."
|Cort Theatre (seating chart)|
138 West 48th Street
Designed by Charles Lamb, this is one of a handful of Broadway venues located east of Seventh Avenue. It opened with Laurette Taylor in "Peg O' My Heart" in 1912. Afterward, it housed Lillian Gish in "Uncle Vanya," Katherine Hepburn in "As You Like It," and Geraldine Page in "The Rainmaker." The Cort can be seen in the 1969 Mel Brooks movie "The Producers" as the home for the fictional Nazi musical "Springtime for Hitler." Along this line of irreverence, the Cort recently hosted comedian Will Ferrell as George W. Bush in "You're Welcome, America."
|Eugene O'Neill Theatre (seating chart)|
230 West 49th Street
Built in 1925, it was originally named for the first American actor to achieve international recognition, Edwin Forrest. This theatre has seen some of the finest psychological dramas and neurotic comedies to play Broadway, including Arthur Miller's "A View From the Bridge" and "All My Sons," and Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" and "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." It was also home to "Spring Awakening," which featured "Glee" star Lea Michele, and the hit bio-musical "Fela!".
|Foxwoods Theatre (seating chart)|
213 West 42nd Street
This theatre was built between 1996 and 1998 by combining the architecture of the old Apollo and Lyric Theatres. Today, patrons sit under the dome from the Lyric and proscenium arch from the Apollo. The vastness of the stage and house is conducive to the mega-musicals that have played there, like "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Ragtime," "42nd Street," and "Young Frankenstein." Formerly known as the Ford Center, and then the Hilton Theatre, the Foxwoods Theatre was the first Broadway venue to accept corporate sponsorship.
|Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (seating chart)|
236 West 45th Street
Built in 1917 as a [relatively] low-cost home for high-brow theatre and originally known as the Plymouth, this theatre has seen the premieres of Robert Sherwood's "Abe Lincoln in Illinois," Neil Simon's "The Odd Couple," and John Barrymore's first Shakespearean role, Richard III. Since being renamed in 2005 for the Chairman of the Shubert Organization, it has hosted a revival of "A Chorus Line," Patrick Stewart in David Mamet's "A Life In The Theatre," and Hugh Jackman in "A Steady Rain."
|Gershwin Theatre (seating chart)|
222 West 51st Street
This venue opened as the Uris Theatre in 1972 with the sci-fi extravaganza "Via Galactica" starring Raoul Julia. The stage was graced by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie during its years as a concert hall. The theatre was rechristened during the 1983 Tony Awards to honor distinguished American composer George Gershwin. It has hosted many musicals including "Show Boat," "Singin' in the Rain," "Sunset Boulevard," and "Oklahoma!" The American Theatre Hall of Fame is located in the lobby, and it a popular pre-show and intermission gathering place.
|Golden Theatre (seating chart)|
252 West 45th Street
An intimate space located in the heart of the commercial theatre district, it opened as the Theater Masque in 1927 with "Puppets of Passion." In the late 1930s, it was acquired by impresario John Golden, who renamed it for himself and operated it as a movie house. It was returned to legitimate use in the mid-1950s and gained a reputation for housing enigmatic plays, from "Waiting for Godot" with E.G. Marshall and Bert Lahr to "The Gin Game" with Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy. Seventy-six years after opening, it housed the award-winning "Avenue Q," another production known for its puppets.
|Helen Hayes Theatre (seating chart)|
240 West 44th Street
Also known as the "Little Theatre," this intimate house is in the heart of the theatre district, right next door to Sardi's Restaurant, the legendary showbiz hangout. It featured legitimate plays in the 20's and 30's, and TV shows such as the "Merv Griffin Show" through the 70's. It housed rather eclectic fare such as Lynn Redgrave's "Shakespeare for My Father," the grunge-opera "Squonk," and the cult-classic film turned Broadway musical "Xanadu."
|Imperial Theatre (seating chart)|
249 West 45th Street
Built specifically for musical theatre in 1923, the Gershwin tune "Someone Who'll Watch Over Me" was first played here three years later. This theatre was home to "Annie Get Your Gun," "Carnival," "Fiddler on the Roof," and "Chess." The original production of "Les Miserables" played 6,680 performances at the Imperial between 1990 and 2003. Since, it has been home to more original musicals such as "The Boy from Oz" and "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels."
|Jacobs Theatre (seating chart)|
242 West 45th Street
Built in 1927 and originally called the Royale, this venue was renamed in 2005 to honor a long-time industry executive, Bernard B. Jacobs. In 1954, Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut here as Polly in "The Boy Friend." Since then, it has seen varied fare, from "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" to "Frost/Nixon" to "Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson."
|Lincoln Center - Vivian Beaumont Theatre (seating chart)|
150 West 65th Street
The only Broadway theatre outside of the Theatre District, the Beaumont is part of Lincoln Center, home to the NY Philharmonic, Met Opera, New York City Ballet, New York City Opera, and Juilliard School. After a 2003 renovation, this is one of the most comfortable Broadway venues. It has been home to the Nathan Lane/Stephen Sondheim collaboration "The Frogs," Tom Stoppard's "The Coast of Utopia," and the 2008 Best Musical Revival "South Pacific."
|Longacre Theatre (seating chart)|
220 West 48th Street
Built in 1912 by Harry Frazee, the Boston Red Sox owner who sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees, this venue is rumored to be cursed. Although a few superstitious backers have avoided it in fear of producing a flop, quite a few Tony Awards have been earned on its stage, including those for recent revivals of "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Bill Irwin, Best Actor), "Boeing-Boeing" (Best Revival of a Play), and "La Cage aux Folles" (Best Revival of a Musical.)
|Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (seating chart)|
205 West 46th Street
Opened as the Globe in 1913 to honor London's Shakespearean playhouse, this venue was originally intended as a beaux-arts house for light musicals. It was renovated in 1958 and renamed in honor of the legendary Broadway acting couple Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, who appeared here in Durrenmatt's "The Visit" that same year. It has also seen Adele & Fred Astaire in "Apple Blossoms" and Fanny Brice in "The Ziegfeld Follies." Disney took up residence in the theatre from 1999 to 2009 with productions of "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid."
|Lyceum Theatre (seating chart)|
149 West 45th Street
The oldest continuously operating Broadway venue still in legitimate use, the Lyceum was built in 1903 and was the first Broadway theatre to be granted Landmark status in 1974. If that's not enough, it one of the few theatres in the city still operating under its original name. Prominent performers such as Ethel Barrymore, Billie Burke, and Basil Rathbone have graced the stage. In recent years, it has been home to the ultimate meta-musical "[title of show]" and the new Kander & Ebb musical "The Scottsboro Boys."
|Majestic Theatre (seating chart)|
245 West 44th Street
Built as a house for musicals in 1927, the lavish neoclassical interior saw the original productions of "Carousel," "South Pacific," and "Camelot." Since 1988, it has housed "The Phantom of the Opera," the longest-running show in Broadway history with over 10,000 performances under it's belt (and counting!).
|Marquis Theatre (seating chart)|
1535 Broadway (at 45th Street)
This theatre is within the gigantic Marriott Marquis hotel at the heart of Times Square. The seats are comfortable, the theatre is modern, the sight-lines are fantastic, and there is an excellent hotel bar on the seventh floor. In its relatively short history, the Marquis has hosted "Damn Yankees," "The Drowsy Chaperone," and Twyla Tharp's tribute to Frank Sinatra "Come Fly Away." But let's not forget, this is the theatre that saw Sutton Foster rise to stardom in "Thoroughly Modern Millie" in 2002.
|Minskoff Theatre (seating chart)|
200 West 45th Street
Built in 1973 on the site of the landmark Astor Hotel, this is one of the largest and most comfortable theatres on Broadway. Past shows have included Debbie Reynolds in "Irene," the 1980 Revival of "West Side Story," and "Englebert Humperdinck On Broadway." More recently, it has been home to "The Scarlet Pimpernel," "Sunset Boulevard," and "Fiddler on the Roof." Since 2006, it has been home to Disney on Broadway's "The Lion King."
|Music Box Theatre (seating chart)|
239 West 45th Street
Originally built in 1920 to house Irving Berlin's "Music Box Reviews", this theatre became the Broadway home of Kaufman and Hart, writers of some of Broadway's greatest comedies. The Music Box later became home to William Inge's "Picnic" and "Bus Stop." In recent years, it's housed two Tracy Letts plays - "August: Osage County" and "Superior Donuts" - as well as the farcical 2010 revival of "Lend Me A Tenor."
|Nederlander Theatre (seating chart)|
208 West 41st Street
Built in 1921, this venue was originally known as the National Theatre or the Billy Rose Theatre. It has housed some of the most adventuresome programming on Broadway, including "Winesburg Ohio," "The Threepenny Opera," and "Strange Interlude." For 12 years, the Nederlander was home to "Rent," the show that is credited with bringing musical theatre to the attention of a younger generation, through an exploration of controversial topics. It is also credited with the advent of the Ticket Lottery on Broadway, making low-priced tickets available the day of performance.
|Neil Simon Theatre (seating chart)|
250 West 52nd Street
This theatre opened as the Alvin in 1927 with Adele and Fred Astaire in "Funny Face." In 1935, it housed the premiere of the American folk opera "Porgy and Bess" and has sinced housed many other Broadway premieres including "Anything Goes" in 1934, "Once Upon A Mattress" in 1959, "Company" in 1970, and "Annie" in 1977. The theatre was renamed in 1977 for the American playwright Neil Simon. Recently, it's seen productions of "The Music Man," "Hairspray," and "Ragtime."
|New Amsterdam Theatre (seating chart)|
214 West 42nd Street
One of the most beautifully restored theatres in the city, it originally opened in 1903 with a production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." When it opened, it was the largest theatre in New York. In the late 1930s, it was turned into a movie house and eventually fell into the hands of the city. In 1993, Disney leased the theatre (for 99 years!) and began a 4-year renovation and restoration project. In 1997, the New Amsterdam became the original home of "The Lion King" and currently houses Disney's "Mary Poppins."
|Palace Theatre (seating chart)|
Built in 1913, it was a top vaudeville theatre - Will Rogers, Eddie Cantor, and Jack Benny all "played the Palace." Allegedly, the ghost of acrobat Louis Borsalino haunts the theatre and can be seen swinging from the rafters when the house is empty. Recently, the Palace has hosted "Legally Blonde: The Musical" - which spawned an MTV reality show, "The Search for Elle Woods" - and a revival of "West Side Story."
|Richard Rodgers Theatre (seating chart)|
226 West 46th Street
Built in 1924 and called Chanin's 46th Street Theatre, this theatre has seen Alfred Lunt direct Audrey Hepburn in "Ondine," Henry Fonda in "The Good Farmer," and the original productions of "Guys and Dolls" and "Lost in Yonkers." It was renamed in 1990 in memory of the composer Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers & Hart and Rodgers & Hammerstein). From 2008 to 2011, it housed Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "In The Heights."
|Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (seating chart)|
261 West 47th Street
Torched by an arsonist in 1987, this hall (formerly the Biltmore) was home to the premieres of "Hair" and "Barefoot in the Park." It was beautifully restored by the Manhattan Theater Club in 2003, and renamed for Samuel J. Friedman, longtime Broadway publicist, in 2008. Since 2003, the MTC has put up productions including "Rabbit Hole," "Accent on Youth," and "The Pitmen Painters."
|Shubert Theatre (seating chart)|
225 West 44th Street
An undistinguished façade hides the beautiful interior of this theatre. The Yip Harburg tune "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime" was first heard here in 1932. Uta Hagen made her Broadway debut in "The Seagull," and later returned for Paul Robeson's celebrated "Othello." Later, "A Chorus Line" ran for 6,137 performances here over 15 years. The Shubert has housed many of today's biggest Broadway stars such as Bebe Neuwirth in "Chicago," Bernadette Peters in "Gypsy," and Angela Lansbury in "Blithe Spirit."
|St. James Theatre (seating chart)|
246 West 44th Street
On March 31, 1943, a strange new musical opened at this theatre - the songs weren't so much songs as they were sung lines, there was an odd "dream ballet" - It was Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Oklahoma!". On that night, the modern American musical was born. Since then, the St. James has hosted musicals from the rock opera "Tommy," to the musical comedy adaptation of "The Producers" (which won a record-breaking 12 Tony Awards), to Patti LuPone's award-winning performance in "Gypsy."
|Stephen Sondheim Theatre (seating chart)|
124 West 43rd Street
Opened in 1918, this theatre was originally named for actor-prodcer Henry Miller. Like many, it did time as a movie house and discotheque. It was returned to legitimate use and dubbed The Kit Kat Klub in 1998. The original name returned when "Urinetown" opened in 2001. Closed 2004-2009 during the construction of the Bank of America Tower, it was aquired and renovated by the Roundabout Theatre Company, reopening in 2009 with a revival of "Bye, Bye Birdie." In the spring of 2010, it was renamed for legendary composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim.
|Studio 54 (seating chart)|
254 West 54th Street
Built in 1927 as an opera house, then used as a TV studio for 30 years, Studio 54 will probably always be best known as a disco-era club, a "modern-day Gomorrah." In 1998, it became a venue for the Roundabout Theatre Company, when the hit revival of "Cabaret" transferred from the Henry Miller's Theatre. Other RTC productions at Studio 54 include "110 in the Shade," "Pal Joey," and "Sondheim on Sondheim."
|Walter Kerr Theatre (seating chart)|
219 West 48th Street
Opened as the Ritz Theatre in 1921, it operated as a radio and television studio between 1943 and 1965. The theatre then went vacant until 1971, when it reopened with the musical "Soon," which closed after only 3 performances. In the early 1990s, it was renovated and renamed for a long-time theatre critic. Since, it has housed productions of "Grey Gardens," "A Catered Affair," and "A Little Night Music" (which holds the box office record at this theatre).
|Winter Garden Theatre (seating chart)|
1634 Broadway (between 50th & 51st Streets)
Built in 1911 on the site of the American Horse Exchange stables, the theatre saw the premiere productions of "Peter Pan," "42nd Street," "West Side Story," and "Funny Girl." The lavish interior was totally remodeled for the long-running original production of "Cats" which lasted 19 years and 7,485 performances. After it closed, the theatre was restored to its 1920s appearance. Since the restoration, the theatre has been home to ABBA’s "Mamma Mia."
Written by Tim Hawkins (find Tim on Google+)|