Richard Rodgers Theater



View Larger Map
The Richard Rodgers Theatre, is a Broadway theater in New York City, built by Irwin Chanin in 1925. When it was first opened, it was called Chanin's 46th Street Theatre. Chanin almost immediately leased it to the Shuberts, who bought the building outright in 1931 and renamed it the 46th Street Theatre. In 1982, it was purchased and renovated by the Nederlander Organization, who in 1990 changed the name to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in memory of the composer Richard Rodgers. The building is located at 226 W 46th Street, between Broadway and 8th Avenue.
Richard Rodgers Theater currently holds the distinction of housing the most (10): Tony Award-winning Best Plays and Best Musicals. The Disney musical Tarzan played at the Richard Rodgers from May 10, 2006 until July 8, 2007. In The Heights is currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theater.

The Richard Rodgers Theatre is noted in that it was the first to feature Chanin's 'democratic' seating plan. Earlier Broadway theatres, patrons seated in the cheaper balcony and mezzanine sections utilized separate entrances from patrons who had purchased the more expensive orchestra section seats. Instead, all Richard Rodgers Theater patrons entered the new theatre through the same doors, and a series of steps inside the house led to the upper seating areas.

Famous past Richard Rodgers Theater productions:
The Greenwich Village Follies (December 24, 1925)
Good News (September 6, 1927)
Sweet and Low (November 17, 1930)
Of Thee I Sing (October 10, 1932)
Knickerbocker Holiday (February 13, 1939)
Finian's Rainbow (January 10, 1947)
Guys and Dolls (November 24, 1950)
Damn Yankees (May 5, 1955)
Donnybrook! (May 18, 1961)
How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (October 14, 1961)
1776 (March 13, 1969)
Chicago (June 3, 1975)
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (June 19, 1978)
Nine (May 9, 1982)
Fences (March 26, 1987)
Lost in Yonkers (February 21, 1991)
Chicago (revival) (November 14, 1996)
Steel Pier (April 24, 1997)
Side Show (October 16, 1997)
Footloose (October 22, 1998)
Seussical (November 30, 2000)
Movin' Out (October 24, 2002)
Tarzan (May 10, 2006 - July 8, 2007)
Cyrano de Bergerac (October 12, 2007 - January 6, 2008)
In The Heights (March 2008-January 9, 2011)
Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (Previews begin March 11,2011 and Opens March 31,2011)