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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

261 W. 47th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 650

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Chanin brothers. Used by Federal Theatre's Living Newspaper Project in the 1930s until being sold to George Abbott and Warner Brothers in 1935. Leased in 1952 to CBS for use as a radio and TV studio until reopening as a legit venue in 1961. Declared unsafe in 1988 after vandals damaged and set fires in the auditorium. Renovated by Manhattan Theatre Club for $35 million (Polshek Partnership, architects), re-opened October, 2003. MTC renamed the venue in 2008.

To learn more about the history of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Built: 1925   

Theatre Names Named
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre
Named for Samuel J. Friedman, September 4, 2008
2008
Biltmore Theatre
Opened December 7, 1925
1925

Broadway Productions

Saint Joan
Play, Revival, Drama
Apr 25, 2018 -  

The Children
Play, Original
Dec 12, 2017 -  

Prince of Broadway
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 24, 2017 - Oct 29, 2017

The Little Foxes
Play, Revival, Drama
Apr 19, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017

Jitney
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 19, 2017 - Mar 12, 2017

Heisenberg
Play, Original
Oct 13, 2016 - Dec 11, 2016

The Father
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 14, 2016 - Jun 19, 2016

Our Mother's Brief Affair
Play, Original
Jan 20, 2016 - Mar 06, 2016

Fool for Love
Play, Original
Oct 08, 2015 - Dec 13, 2015

Airline Highway
Play, Original
Apr 23, 2015 - Jun 07, 2015

Constellations
Play, Original
Jan 13, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015

The Country House
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 02, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014

Casa Valentina
Play, Original
Apr 23, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014

Outside Mullingar
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Jan 23, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014

The Snow Geese
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 24, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013

The Assembled Parties
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 17, 2013 - Jul 28, 2013

The Other Place
Play, Original, Thriller
Jan 10, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013

An Enemy of the People
Play, Revival, Drama
Sep 27, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012

The Columnist
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 25, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012

Wit
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 26, 2012 - Mar 17, 2012

Venus in Fur
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 08, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011

Master Class
Play, Revival
Jul 07, 2011 - Sep 04, 2011

Good People
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 03, 2011 - May 29, 2011

The Pitmen Painters
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 30, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010

Collected Stories
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 28, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010

Time Stands Still
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 28, 2010 - Mar 27, 2010

The Royal Family
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 08, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009

Accent on Youth
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 29, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009

The American Plan
Play, Original
Jan 22, 2009 - Mar 22, 2009

To Be Or Not To Be
Play, Original
Oct 14, 2008 - Nov 16, 2008

Biltmore Theatre

Top Girls
Play, Original
May 07, 2008 - Jun 29, 2008

Come Back, Little Sheba
Play, Revival, Drama
Jan 24, 2008 - Mar 16, 2008

Mauritius
Play, Original
Oct 04, 2007 - Nov 25, 2007

Lovemusik
Musical, Original, Drama
May 03, 2007 - Jun 24, 2007

Translations
Play, Revival
Jan 25, 2007 - Mar 11, 2007

Losing Louie
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 12, 2006 - Nov 26, 2006

Shining City
Play, Original, Drama
May 09, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006

Rabbit Hole
Play, Original
Feb 02, 2006 - Apr 09, 2006

Absurd Person Singular
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 18, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005

After the Night and the Music
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 01, 2005 - Jul 03, 2005

Brooklyn Boy
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 03, 2005 - Mar 27, 2005

Reckless
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 14, 2004 - Dec 19, 2004

Sight Unseen
Play, Original
May 25, 2004 - Jul 25, 2004

Drowning Crow
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 19, 2004 - Apr 04, 2004

The Violet Hour
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 06, 2003 - Dec 21, 2003

Stardust
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 19, 1987 - May 17, 1987

Honky Tonk Nights
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 07, 1986 - Aug 09, 1986

The Boys of Winter
Play, Original
Dec 01, 1985 - Dec 08, 1985

A Woman of Independent Means
Play, Original, Solo
May 03, 1984 - May 13, 1984

Doonesbury
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 21, 1983 - Feb 19, 1984

Whodunnit
Play, Original
Dec 30, 1982 - May 15, 1983

Deathtrap
Play, Original, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy
Jan 07, 1982 - Jun 13, 1982

A Talent for Murder
Play, Original, Comedy, Mystery
Oct 01, 1981 - Dec 06, 1981

The Supporting Cast
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 06, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981

Inacent Black
Play, Original, Comedy
May 06, 1981 - May 17, 1981

To Grandmother's House We Go
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 15, 1981 - Mar 08, 1981

The American Clock
Play, Original
Nov 20, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980

Nuts
Play, Original
Apr 28, 1980 - Jul 20, 1980

Reggae
Musical, Original
Mar 27, 1980 - Apr 13, 1980

Up in One
Special, Original, Revue
May 23, 1979 - Jul 01, 1979

The Kingfisher
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 06, 1978 - May 13, 1979

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 14, 1978 - Mar 26, 1978

Cheaters
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 15, 1978 - Feb 11, 1978

Hair
Musical, Revival
Oct 05, 1977 - Nov 06, 1977

Appearing Nitely
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Mar 24, 1977 - Jun 12, 1977

The Robber Bridegroom
Musical, Original
Oct 09, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977

Knock Knock
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 24, 1976 - Jul 03, 1976

Murder Among Friends
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1975 - Jan 10, 1976

Flowers
Special, Original, Pantomime
Oct 07, 1974 - Oct 26, 1974

Find Your Way Home
Play, Original
Mar 25, 1974 - May 04, 1974

Let Me Hear You Smile
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 16, 1973 - Jan 16, 1973

Hair
Musical, Original
Apr 29, 1968 - Jul 01, 1972

Loot
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 18, 1968 - Apr 06, 1968

Staircase
Play, Original
Jan 10, 1968 - Mar 02, 1968

The Ninety Day Mistress
Play, Original
Nov 06, 1967 - Nov 25, 1967

Barefoot in the Park
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 23, 1963 - Jun 25, 1967

Man in the Moon
Musical, Original, Puppets
Apr 11, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963

Andorra
Play, Original
Feb 09, 1963 - Feb 16, 1963

In the Counting House
Play, Original
Dec 13, 1962 - Dec 15, 1962

Take Her, She's Mine
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1961 - Dec 08, 1962

The Number
Play, Original, Melodrama
Oct 30, 1951 - Jan 12, 1952

Billy Budd
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 10, 1951 - May 12, 1951

Pride's Crossing
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 20, 1950 - Nov 25, 1950

Southern Exposure
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 26, 1950 - Oct 14, 1950

Clutterbuck
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 03, 1949 - Jun 10, 1950

The Silver Whistle
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 24, 1948 - May 28, 1949

The Heiress
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 29, 1947 - Sep 18, 1948

The Whole World Over
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 27, 1947 - Jun 21, 1947

Parlor Story
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 04, 1947 - Mar 22, 1947

It Takes Two
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 03, 1947 - Feb 08, 1947

Love Goes to Press
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 01, 1947 - Jan 04, 1947

No Exit
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 26, 1946 - Dec 21, 1946

Loco
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 16, 1946 - Nov 16, 1946

The Dancer
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Jun 05, 1946 - Jun 08, 1946

Apple of His Eye
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 05, 1946 - May 18, 1946

A Joy Forever
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1946 - Jan 19, 1946

Therese
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 09, 1945 - Dec 31, 1945

A Boy Who Lived Twice
Play, Original
Sep 11, 1945 - Sep 22, 1945

Kiss and Tell
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 11, 1945 - Jun 23, 1945

Round Trip
Play, Original
May 29, 1945 - Jun 02, 1945

Star-Spangled Family
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 10, 1945 - Apr 13, 1945

Happily Ever After
Play, Original
Mar 15, 1945 - Mar 24, 1945

Snafu
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1945 - Mar 10, 1945

Kiss and Tell
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 17, 1943 - Dec 30, 1944

Ask My Friend Sandy
Play, Original
Feb 04, 1943 - Feb 13, 1943

Janie
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1942 - Jan 31, 1943

The Sun Field
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 09, 1942 - Dec 12, 1942

Little Darling
Play, Original
Oct 27, 1942 - Nov 14, 1942

My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 26, 1940 - Aug 04, 1942

Jupiter Laughs
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 09, 1940 - Sep 28, 1940

Out From Under
Play, Original, Comedy
May 04, 1940 - May 11, 1940

Goodbye in the Night
Play, Original, Melodrama
Mar 18, 1940 - Mar 23, 1940

The Unconquered
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 13, 1940 - Feb 17, 1940

The Woman Brown
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 08, 1939 - Dec 16, 1939

See My Lawyer
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 27, 1939 - Apr 06, 1940

Day in the Sun
Play, Original, Comedy
May 16, 1939 - May 1939

The Flashing Stream
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 10, 1939 - Apr 1939

The Primrose Path
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 04, 1939 - May 1939

What a Life
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 13, 1938 - Jul 08, 1939

All That Glitters
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 19, 1938 - Mar 1938

Brown Sugar
Play, Original, Melodrama
Dec 02, 1937 - Dec 04, 1937

Many Mansions
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 27, 1937 - Mar 1938

Wise Tomorrow
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 15, 1937 - Oct 1937

Brother Rat
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 16, 1936 - May 1938

Injunction Granted
Special, Original, Sketches
Jul 24, 1936 - Closing date unknown

1935
Special, Original, Sketches
May 12, 1936 - Jun 1936

Triple-A Plowed Under
Special, Original, Sketches
Mar 14, 1936 - May 1936

Jefferson Davis
Play, Original, Drama, History
Feb 18, 1936 - Feb 1936

Whatever Goes Up
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 25, 1935 - Dec 1935

Good Men and True
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 25, 1935 - Nov 1935

If a Body
Play, Original, Drama, Mystery
Apr 30, 1935 - Jun 1935

Crime and Punishment
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 22, 1935 - Feb 1935

Bridal Quilt
Play, Original
Oct 10, 1934 - Oct 1934

Big Hearted Herbert
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 01, 1934 - May 1934

The Scorpion
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 27, 1933 - Dec 1933

The Family Upstairs
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 27, 1933 - Oct 1933

Four O'Clock
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 13, 1933 - Feb 1933

Carry Nation
Play, Original
Oct 29, 1932 - Nov 1932

The Other One
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 03, 1932 - Oct 1932

Border-Land
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Mar 29, 1932 - Apr 1932

Zombie
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 10, 1932 - Feb 1932

Sentinels
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 25, 1931 - Jan 1932

The Guest Room
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 06, 1931 - Dec 1931

The Wooden Soldier
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 22, 1931 - Jul 1931

Her Supporting Cast
Play, Original, Comedy
May 04, 1931 - Jun 1931

Philip Goes Forth
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 12, 1931 - Apr 1931

The Up and Up
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 1930 - Nov 1930

Let and Sub-Let
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
May 19, 1930 - Jun 1930

Penal Law 2010
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 18, 1930 - May 1930

Children of Darkness
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1930 - Mar 1930

Whirlpool
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 03, 1929 - Dec 1929

Claire Adams
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 19, 1929 - Nov 1929

The Nut Farm
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 14, 1929 - Nov 1929

Getting Even
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 19, 1929 - Aug 1929

Man's Estate
Play, Original
Apr 01, 1929 - May 1929

Young Alexander
Play, Original
Mar 12, 1929 - Mar 1929

Poppa
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 24, 1928 - Mar 1929

Tin Pan Alley
Play, Original
Nov 01, 1928 - Dec 1928

The K Guy
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 15, 1928 - Oct 1928

Pleasure Man
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Oct 01, 1928 - Oct 02, 1928

The Intruder
Play, Original, Drama
Jul 25, 1928 - Jul 1928

Dorian Gray
Play, Original
May 21, 1928 - Jun 02, 1928

Divorce a la Carte
Play, Original, Farce, Satire
Mar 26, 1928 - Apr 1928

Rope
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 22, 1928 - Mar 1928

The Marquise
Play, Original
Nov 14, 1927 - Jan 1928

Ink
Play, Original, Melodrama, Satire
Nov 01, 1927 - Nov 1927

Jimmie's Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 26, 1927 - Apr 1928

The Triumphant Bachelor
Play, Original
Sep 15, 1927 - Sep 1927

The Barker
Play, Original
Jan 18, 1927 - Jul 1927

Old Bill, M. P.
Play, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Nov 10, 1926 - Nov 27, 1926

Loose Ankles
Play, Original, Farce, Comedy
Aug 16, 1926 - Jan 1927

Kongo
Play, Original
Mar 30, 1926 - Jul 1926

Easy Come, Easy Go
Play, Original, Farce
Dec 07, 1925 - Apr 1926

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