Majestic Theater


The Majestic Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 245 West 44th Street in midtown Manhattan.

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The Majestic, one of the largest Broadway theatres with 1,607 seats, traditionally has been used as a venue for major musical theatre productions. Among the notable shows that have premiered at the Majestic are Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The Music Man (1957), Camelot (1960), A Little Night Music (1973), and The Wiz (1975). Majestic Theater was also the second home of 42nd Street and the third home of 1776. The Majestic Theater has housed The Phantom of the Opera since it opened on January 26, 1988. With a record breaking 9,000 performances (as of September 15, 2009), it currently is the longest-running production in Broadway history.

The Phantom of the Opera achieved the box office record for the Majestic Theater . The Majestic Theater production grossed $1,390,530.53 over eight performances, for the week ending January 02, 2011.

Majestic Theater was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, the present-day Majestic was constructed by the Chanin Brothers as part of an entertainment complex including the John Golden Theatre, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and the Milford Plaza hotel. It opened on March 28, 1927 with the musical Rufus LeMaire's Affairs.
The Majestic was purchased by the Shubert brothers during the Great Depression and currently is owned and operated by the Shubert Organization. Both the interior and exterior were designated New York City landmarks in 1987.

Famous past Majestic Theater productions:
Productions are listed by the year they commenced performances:
1927: The Letter
1931: The Student Prince
1933: Pardon My English
1936: On Your Toes
1941: Hellzapoppin
1945: Carousel
1947: Call Me Mister; Allegro
1953: Me and Juliet
1954: Fanny
1957: The Music Man
1960: Camelot (musical)
1963: Tovarich; Jennie
1964: Anyone Can Whistle; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Golden Boy
1966: Funny Girl; Breakfast at Tiffany's
1967: Marat/Sade; Fiddler on the Roof
1970: Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen
1972: Sugar
1974: Mack and Mabel
1975: The Wiz
1977: The Act
1978: First Monday in October; Ballroom
1979: I Remember Mama
1980: Grease
1988: The Phantom of the Opera