Walter Kerr Theater



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The Walter Kerr Theatre is a Broadway theatre. Located at 219 West 48th Street, it is owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. Walter Kerr Theater is one of the smaller auditoriums in the theatre district, the Walter Kerr Theater seats 975.
The Walter Kerr Theater was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built as the Ritz Theatre in 1921 by the Shubert family. Walter Kerr Theater operated as a radio and then television studio between 1943 and 1965, and remained vacant from 1965 to 1971, when it reopened with the musical Soon, book by Martin Duberman, which closed after three performances. Although it housed a number of productions in the next two years, it remained dark from 1973 to 1983. The last production to staged at the Ritz was Chu Chem. After it closed, Jujamcyn hired EverGreene Architectural Arts to renovate the Walter Kerr Theater interior. In 1990 it reopened, now renamed for theatre critic Walter Kerr, with August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Since then it has housed six winners of the Tony Award for Best Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Proof, Take Me Out, and Doubt.
The Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, achieved the box office record for the Walter Kerr Theatre. The Walter Kerr Theater production grossed $1,031,543 over eight performances, for the week ending January 03, 2010.

Famous past productions:
1938: Murder in the Cathedral
1942: My Sister Eileen
1971: Dance of Death
1973: No Sex Please, We're British
1991: I Hate Hamlet
1992: Two Trains Running
1996: Seven Guitars
1998: The Beauty Queen of Leenane
1999: The Weir
2000: A Moon for the Misbegotten
2004: Gem of the Ocean
2006: Grey Gardens
2008: A Catered Affair
2008: The Seagull
2009: Irena's Vow (Mar-Jun)
2009: A Little Night Music