Imperial Theater


The Imperial Theatre Opened December 25, 1923 Broadway theatre located at 246 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan.

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The Imperial Theatre seats up to 1417 people.
Among the famed 20th century composers and lyricists whose works were housed here are Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Harold Rome, Frank Loesser, Lionel Bart, Bob Merrill, Stephen Sondheim, George and Ira Gershwin, Jule Styne, E.Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen. Performers who have graced the stage include Ethel Merman, Gertrude Lawrence, John Gielgud, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Mary Boland, Ray Bolger, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Mary Martin, Zero Mostel, Danny Kaye, Jerry Orbach, Shelley Winters, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, George Rose, Hugh Jackman, and John Lithgow. It is also the venue of the first Ms. Globe Pageant in 1951.
The Shubert Organization's fiftieth venue in New York City, Imperial Theatre was constructed to replace their outdated Lyric Theatre. The Imperial Theatre was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp specifically to accommodate musical theatre productions, it opened on December 25, 1923 with the Oscar Hammerstein II-Vincent Youmans production Mary Jane McKane. Since then, Imperial Theatre has hosted numerous important musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), Dreamgirls (1981), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985) and Les Misérables (1990), which played at the theatre until 2003.

At the Box office: Winner of 10 Tony Awards, the West End musical Billy Elliot achieved the box office record for the Imperial Theatre. The production grossed $1,663,895 over eight performances, for the week ending January 03, 2010.

Famous past Imperial Theatre productions:
1924: Rose-Marie
1926: Oh, Kay!
1927: The Desert Song
1928: The New Moon
1932: Flying Colors
1933: Of Thee I Sing; Let 'Em Eat Cake
1935: Jubilee
1936: On Your Toes
1938: Leave It to Me!
1939: Too Many Girls
1940: Louisiana Purchase
1941: Let's Face It!
1943: One Touch of Venus (Kurt Weill's Broadway debut)
1944: Song of Norway
1946: Annie Get Your Gun
1949: Miss Liberty
1950: Call Me Madam
1951: Miss Globe
1952: Wish You Were Here
1955: Silk Stockings
1956: The Most Happy Fella
1957: Jamaica
1959: Destry Rides Again
1960: Gypsy
1961: Carnival!
1963: Oliver!
1964: Fiddler on the Roof
1967: Cabaret
1968: Zorba
1970: Minnie's Boys; Two by Two
1971: On the Town
1972: Pippin
1977: Mark Twain Tonight!; Chapter Two
1979: They're Playing Our Song
1981: Dreamgirls
1985: The Mystery of Edwin Drood
1988: Chess
1989: Jerome Robbins' Broadway
1990: Les Misérables
2003: The Boy from Oz
2005: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
2006: High Fidelity (closed after only 14 performances)
2007: Coram Boy, August: Osage County (limited run)
2008: Billy Elliot the Musical