Booth theater


The Booth Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 222 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan, New York City.

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The Booth Theater opened on October 16, 1913 with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure. Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style fa├žade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays.
The Booth theater venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first was built by the architectural partnership Renwick & Sands between 1867-69 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.
The theatre is currently home to the critically acclaimed, Tony Award winning, and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal, originally starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominees J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano. The production now currently stars Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Ripley and Spencer's original respective roles.
The Booth Theater appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus. It hosted a fictitous charity performance of War of the Roses which an equally fictitious President Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef.


Box Office Record for the Booth theater: Winner of three Tony Awards including Best Score and Best Actress in a Musical, Next to Normal achieved the box office record for the Booth Theatre. The production grossed $550,409 over eight performances, for the week ending January 03, 2010.

The Booth Theatre famous past productions:
1915: Our American Cousin
1936: You Can't Take It With You
1939: The Time of Your Life
1942: Blithe Spirit
1947: An Inspector Calls
1950: Come Back, Little Sheba
1954: Dial M for Murder
1956: The Matchmaker
1957: "Visit to a Small Planet"
1958: Two for the Seesaw
1961: A Taste of Honey
1964: Luv
1969: Butterflies Are Free
1972: That Championship Season
1974: Bad Habits
1975: Very Good Eddie
1976: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
1979: The Elephant Man
1984: Sunday in the Park with George
1985: I'm Not Rappaport
1989: Shirley Valentine; Tru
1990: Once on This Island
1998: The Old Neighborhood
1999: Dame Edna: The Royal Tour
2002: Bea Arthur on Broadway
2005: The Pillowman
2006: Butley
2007: The Year of Magical Thinking, The Seafarer
2008: Thurgood, Dividing The Estate
2009: Next to Normal