Gershwin Theater


The Gershwin Theatre Opened November 28, 1972, and is a Broadway theatre located at 222 West 51st Street in midtown-Manhattan in the Paramount Plaza building.

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The Gershwin Theatre is named after famous composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin. It has the highest seating capacity of any Broadway theatre, with 1,933 seats.
Designed in an Art Nouveau style by set designer Ralph Alswang, Gershwin Theatre is situated on the lower levels of a towering office complex built at an estimated cost of $12.5 million on the site of the historical Capitol Theatre. It opened as the Uris Theatre on November 28, 1972 (named for the building developer Uris Brothers) with the musical Via Galactica starring Raul Julia. Gershwin Theater proved to be an inauspicious start for the venue, with the first show to lose a million dollars closing after only seven performances. From 1974-76 it served as a concert hall for limited engagements by a number of legendary pop music and jazz performers.
The American Theatre Hall of Fame located in the Gershwin Theatre lobby is a popular gathering place for audience members pre-show and during intermission.
On June 5, 1983, during the Tony Awards ceremony, the theatre was rechristened to honor the distinguished American composer.

The blockbuster musical Wicked achieved the box office record for the Gershwin Theatre. The production grossed $2,228,235 over eight performances, for the week ending January 02, 2011.


Famous past Gershwin Theater productions:
1972: Via Galactica
1973: Seesaw; Gigi
1974: Sammy Davis, Jr.; Andy Williams with Michel Legrand; Johnny Mathis; Anthony Newley with Henry Mancini; Mott the Hoople (first Rock band to play Broadway, supported by Queen); The 5th Dimension
1975: Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Count Basie
1975: Fonteyn & Nureyev on Broadway
1976: D'Oyly Carte Opera Company; Bing Crosby; Barry Manilow; Paul Anka; Al Green with Ashford & Simpson; Season of Gilbert and Sullivan
1979: Sweeney Todd
1981: The Pirates of Penzance; Annie
1983: Show Boat
1984: Shirley MacLaine on Broadway; Patti LaBelle on Broadway
1985: Singin' in the Rain
1987: Starlight Express
1989: Meet Me in St. Louis
1993: Raffi
1995: Show Boat
1997: Candide; 1776
2000: Riverdance on Broadway
2002: Oklahoma!
2003: Wicked