Al Hirschfeld Theater


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The Al Hirschfeld Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 302 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan.

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Designed by architect G. Albert Lansburgh for vaudeville promoter Martin Beck, Al Hirschfeld Theater opened as the Martin Beck Theatre with a production of Madame Pompadour on November 11, 1924. It was the only theater in New York that was owned outright without a mortgage. Al Hirschfeld Theater was designed to be the most opulent theater of its time, and has dressing rooms for 200 actors. TAl Hirschfeld Theater has a seating capacity of 1,292 for plays and 1,282 for musicals.
Famous appearances include Basil Rathbone as Romeo to the Juliet of Katharine Cornell in December 1934; Frank Langella in Dracula; Elizabeth Taylor in The Little Foxes; Christina Applegate as the title role in Sweet Charity; David Hyde Pierce as Lt. Coffi in the musical Curtains; and Daniel Radcliffe in the upcoming revival of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. .
On June 21, 2003, it was renamed the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in honor of the caricaturist famous for his drawings of Broadway celebrities, and reopened on November 23, 2003, with a revival of the musical Wonderful Town.
This is one of five theatres owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters.
Famous previous productions:
1934: The Pirates of Penzance, H.M.S. Pinafore, The Mikado
1934: Romeo and Juliet
1935: Winterset
1936 and 1939: Seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan
1937: High Tor
1939: Ladies and Gentlemen
1940: Cabin in the Sky
1941: Watch on the Rhine
1942: My Sister Eileen
1943: The Corn is Green
1945: On the Town
1946: The Iceman Cometh
1947: Antony and Cleopatra
1951: The Rose Tattoo
1953: The Crucible
1953: The Teahouse of the August Moon (play)
1956: Candide
1959: Sweet Bird of Youth
1960: Bye Bye Birdie
1961: Milk and Honey; The Happiest Girl in the World
1964: I Had a Ball
1965: Oliver!
1966: A Delicate Balance
1967: Hallelujah, Baby!
1968: Man of La Mancha (Transferred to Martin Beck from ANTA Washington Square Theatre, playing since 1965. The ANTA theatre was demolished in 1968.)
1977: Dracula
1980: Onward Victoria
1981: The Little Foxes
1984: The Rink
1987: Into the Woods
1989: Grand Hotel
1992: Guys and Dolls
1995: Moon Over Buffalo
1997: Annie
1998: The Sound of Music
1999: Kiss Me, Kate
2002: Man of La Mancha
2003: Wonderful Town
2005: Sweet Charity
2006: The Wedding Singer
2007: Curtains
2008: A Tale of Two Cities
2009: Hair
2010: Elf the Musical (Previews Nov 2010; Closing Jan 2011)
2011: How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (Previews Feb 26; Opens Mar 27)
The Box Office Record limited-engagement Elf the Musical achieved the box office record for the Al Hirschfield Theatre. The Al Hirschfeld Theater production grossed $1,572,835.50 over nine performances, for the week ending December 26, 2010.