St James Theater


The St. James Theatre is located at 246 W. 44th St. Broadway, New York City, New York.

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St James Theater was built by Abraham L. Erlanger, theatrical producer and a founding member of the Theatrical Syndicate, on the site of the original Sardi's restaurant.

Famous past St James Theater productions with opening dates:
Merry Malones (September 26, 1927) - Inaugural Production
1931–33, 1942 and 1951 seasons of Gilbert and Sullivan
Native Son (March 24, 1941)
Oklahoma! (March 31, 1943)
Where's Charley? (October 11, 1948)
The King and I (March 29, 1951)
The Pajama Game (May 13, 1954)
Li'l Abner (November 15, 1956)
Flower Drum Song (December 1, 1958)
Becket (October 5, 1960)
Do Re Mi (December 26, 1960)
Hello, Dolly! (January 16, 1964)
Two Gentlemen of Verona (December 1, 1971)
Vieux Carré (May 11, 1977)
On the Twentieth Century (February 19, 1978)
Carmelina (April 8, 1979)
Barnum (April 30, 1980)
Rock 'N Roll! The First 5,000 Years (October 24, 1982)
My One and Only (May 1, 1983)
The Secret Garden (April 25, 1991)
Tommy (April 22, 1993)
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (April 18, 1996)
Swing! (Dec 9, 1999)
The Producers (April 19, 2001)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (November 23, 2007)
Gypsy (March 27, 2008)
Desire Under the Elms (April 27, 2009)
Finian's Rainbow (October 29, 2009)
American Idiot (April 20, 2010)

The Theatre opened in 1927 as The Erlanger. Upon Erlanger's death in 1930, control of the venue was taken over by the Astor family, who owned the land on which the theatre stood. The Astors renamed it the St. James Theatre.
The theatre was purchased by the Shuberts in the late 1930s. They were forced to sell it to William L. McKnight in 1957 following the loss of an antitrust case. McKnight renovated the St. James and reopened it in 1958. In 1970, McKnight then transferred the theatre to his daughter Virginia and her husband James H. Binger, who had formed Jujamcyn Theaters. The fully staged Broadway Theatre premiere of American Idiot began preview performances there on March 24, 2010.