Broadhurst Theater


The Broadhurst Theatre is Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

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Broadhurst Theater was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, a well-known theatre designer who had been working directly with the Shubert brothers; the Broadhurst opened 27 September 1917. Built back-to-back with the Plymouth, 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 facades. Like all of Krapp's work during this period, it features minimal ornamentation, a single balcony, wide space, and excellent sightlines.
Broadhurst Theater 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 nearly ninety years. It has been designated a New York City landmark.
The Broadhurst Theater 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 included 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 all-African American cast including Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashād, and Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.

Famous past Broadhurst Theater productions:
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.
1919: 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 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
1935: Helen Hayes and Vincent Price enjoy a 517-performance run in Victoria Regina.
1944: Agatha Christie arrives on Broadway with Ten Little Indians.
1945: Follow the Girls completed its 888-performance run at the Broadhurst.
1946: Anita Loos' comedy hit, Happy Birthday, wins star Helen Hayes the first Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play.
1951: Barbara Cook makes her Broadway debut in the short-lived Flahooley.
1952: Pal Joey revival runs for 540 performances and wins Tony Award for Helen Gallagher.
1956: Rosalind Russell has the title role in Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Auntie Mame.
1958: 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.
1963: 110 in the Shade enjoys a 330-performance run with Robert Horton, Will Geer, Lesley Ann Warren, and Inga Swenson in her Broadway debut.
1964: 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 night.
1966: Jill Haworth, Joel Grey, Jack Gilford, Lotte Lenya, and Bert Convy invite audiences to come to John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret 1,165 times.
1967: More Stately Mansions, one of Eugene O'Neill's lesser efforts, has an all-star cast including Ingrid Bergman, Arthur Hill, and Colleen Dewhurst.
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.
1971: 70, Girls, 70 was an unsuccessful collaboration by Kander and Ebb.
1972: Alan Arkin directs Jack Albertson and Sam Levene in Neil Simon's The Sunshine Boys
1974: Marlo Thomas makes her Broadway debut in Herb Gardner's Thieves, directed by Charles Grodin.
1976: 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.
1978: 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.
1983: Alfonso Ribeiro plays the title role in The Tap Dance Kid with Hinton Battle, who wins a Tony.
1984: Dustin Hoffman is the toast of Broadway as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.
1986: Linda Lavin wins a Tony for her performance in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound, co-starring Jason Alexander and Phyllis Newman.
1990: Aspects of Love proves to be one of Andrew Lloyd Webber's least successful shows.
1993: The Terrence McNally-John Kander-Fred Ebb Tony-winning musical Kiss of the Spider Woman stars Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, and Anthony Crivello.
1996: Sarah Jessica Parker stars in a revival of the musical Once Upon a Mattress.
1998: Jerry Seinfeld delivered his final performance of his original stand-up act, I'm Telling You for the Last Time.
1999: Fosse is a revue featuring dance numbers from Chicago, Sweet Charity, and Pippin, among others.
2002: Vanessa Williams plays the Witch in a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods.
2003: A musical adaptation of the film Urban Cowboy fails to find an audience.
2005: Lennon, featuring the former Beatle's music and lyrics, runs for 42 previews and 49 performances.
2006: Alan Bennett's The History Boys transfers from London with its cast intact.
2007: The Revival of Les Misérables stars Alexander Gemignani as Jean Valjean.
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 England.
2009: A West End Transfer of Hamlet, starring Jude Law as the title character
2010: ENRON, a musical by Lucy Prebble that was inspired by the infamous 2001 financial scandal involving the company, will open on April 29th, 2010. The production had a highly successful run on the West End in 2009. However, shortly after opening, low advanced ticket sales led the show to close on May 9, 2010.
2010: Public Theater's transfer of The Merchant of Venice, starring Al Pacino in his reprising role of Shylock.