Minskoff Theater


The Minskoff Theatre is a Broadway theatre, located at 1515 Broadway in midtown-Manhattan.

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It is now showing the musical The Lion King, based on the Disney animated film of the same name.
The 1,621-seat Minskoff Theater was designed by architects Kahn and Jacobs, is on the third floor of One Astor Plaza, an office tower constructed on the site of the legendary Astor Hotel. Named after Sam Minskoff and Sons, builders and owners of the high-rise building, it opened on March 13, 1973, with a revival of Irene starring Debbie Reynolds. Over the years it has served as host to musicals, dance companies, and concerts.
In 1981, Minskoff Theater hosted Miss Universe 1981, won by Irene Saez of Venezuela, as well as the transfer of Joseph Papp's production of The Pirates of Penzance. In 1994, Sunset Boulevard was a hit at the Minskoff Theater. In 2006, The Lion King transferred to the theatre, where it continues to run, as of 2010.
In September 2007, a new set within the Minskoff space was created for the syndicated news magazine The Insider, which had formerly been based on the second floor of Astor Plaza in MTV's studios and in Los Angeles. The program moved back to Los Angeles fully for the 2008–09 season.

The Tony Award winning musical The Lion King achieved the box office record at the Minskoff Theatre. The Minskoff Theater production grossed $1,993,370 over eight performances, for the week ending January 02, 2011.

Famous past Minskoff Theater productions:
1973: Irene starring Debbie Reynolds
1974: Tony & Lena Sing; Charles Aznavour on Broadway
1975: Bette Midler's Clams on the Half Shell Revue; Hello, Dolly!
1976: Chinese Acrobats of Taiwan; Dutch National Ballet; Rockabye Hamlet
1977: Merce Cunningham Dance Company; Pippin; Cleo on Broadway
1978: King of Hearts
1979: BĂ©jart: Ballet of the Twentieth Century; Engelbert on Broadway
1980: West Side Story
1981: The Pirates of Penzance
1983: Dance a Little Closer; Marilyn: An American Fable
1984: The Tap Dance Kid
1986: Sweet Charity
1987: Teddy & Alice
1988: Cabaret
1989: Black and Blue
1992: Metro
1994: Sunset Boulevard
1998: The Scarlet Pimpernel
1999: Saturday Night Fever
2002: Dance of the Vampires
2004: Fiddler on the Roof
2006: The Lion King