Ambassador Theater


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The Ambassador Theatre is at Broadway theatre located at 219 West 49th Street in midtown-Manhattan.

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Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp for the Shuberts, the structure is unusual in that it is situated diagonally on its site to fit the maximum number of seats possible. Its external appearance, indistinguishable from many other Broadway houses, does not hint at the strange layout within. The Ambassador Theater building has been designated a New York City landmark.
Ambassador Theater opened on February 11, 1921 with the musical The Rose Girl. The Shuberts sold the property in 1935, and for the next two decades it was used as a movie theater and television studio for NBC and the DuMont Television Network. In 1956 the Shuberts assumed ownership again and returned it to strictly legitimate use.

Notable famous productions:
1921: The Rose Girl, premiere production on February 11, 1921; Blossom Time (592 performances)
1927: The Racket, starring Edward G. Robinson
1931: Death Takes a Holiday
1933: June Moon
1939: Strawhat Revue of 1939 starring Danny Kaye, Alfred Drake and Imogene Coca
1955: The Diary of Anne Frank
1957: Compulsion
1963: Stop the World - I Want to Get Off
1966: The Lion in Winter
1967: You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running (94 weeks)
1968: We Bombed in New Haven, starring Jason Robards, Jr., Diana Sands and Ron Liebman
1969: Celebration
1971: Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
1974: Me and Bessie (453 performances)
1977: Godspell
1978: Same Time, Next Year; Eubie!
1980: Division Street, starring John Lithgow and Christine Lahti (21 performances0
1983: A View From the Bridge
1985: Leader of the Pack
1987: Dreamgirls (revival)
1996: Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk starring Savion Glover
1999: It Ain't Nothing But the Blues;You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown
2000: The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
2001: A Class Act
2002: Topdog/Underdog
2003 to present: Chicago, currently the 7th longest running production in Broadway history with 5,444 performances as of December 27, 2009