Music Box Theater


The Music Box Theater is a Broadway theatre located at (George Abbott Way) 239 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan.

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The once most properly named theater on Broadway, the intimate Music Box was designed by architect C. Howard Crane and constructed by composer Irving Berlin and producer Sam H. Harris specifically to house Berlin's famed Music Box Revues. The Music Box Theater opened in 1921 and hosted a new musical production every year until 1925, when it presented its first play, Cradle Snatchers, starring Humphrey Bogart. The following year, Chicago, the Maurine Dallas Watkins play that served as the basis for the hit musical, opened there. The Music Box Theater housed a string of hits for the playwriting team of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, from their first collaboration Once in a Lifetime to their hit play The Man Who Came to Dinner. Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin also presented shows here.
In the 1950s, playwright William Inge found a home at the Music Box, where he had success with Picnic, Bus Stop, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs.
One of the smaller Broadway houses, with a seating capacity of 860, the theater was co-owned by Berlin's estate and the Shubert Organization until the latter assumed full ownership in 2007. Its box seats are notable for being unusually large and round, and Dame Edna lovingly described them as "ashtrays" during her successful run there. The Music Box Theater lobby features a plaque and wall exhibit commemorating its rich history.
The Brown Theatre in Louisville, Kentucky is modeled after the Music Box Theatre.

Famous past Music Box Theater productions:
Of Thee I Sing (1931)
Dinner at Eight (1932)
As Thousands Cheer (1933)
Merrily We Roll Along (1934)
Stage Door (1936)
Of Mice and Men (1937)
I Remember Mama (1944)
Summer and Smoke (1948)
Lost in the Stars (1949)
The Solid Gold Cadillac (1954)
Separate Tables (1956)
Five Finger Exercise (1959)
Any Wednesday (1964)
Wait Until Dark (1966)
The Homecoming (1967)
Sleuth (1970)
Absurd Person Singular (1974)
Side By Side By Sondheim (1977)
Deathtrap (1978)
Agnes of God (1982)
Les Liaisons Dangereuses (1987)
A Few Good Men (1989)
Blood Brothers (1993)
State Fair (1996)
The Diary of Anne Frank (1997)
Amadeus (1999 revival)
The Dinner Party (2000)
Fortune's Fool (2002)
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (2003)
In My Life (2005)
Festen (2006)
The Vertical Hour (2006)
Deuce; The Farnsworth Invention (2007)
August: Osage County (2008 transfer from the Imperial Theatre)
Superior Donuts (2009)
Lend Me A Tenor (2010)
La BĂȘte (2010)