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Walter Kerr Theatre

219 W. 48th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 945

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Shuberts. Erected in sixty days, a record in 1921. It was leased by the Federal Theatre Project in 1937. It was used as a radio (later, TV) station from 1943 to 1965, with Alexander Woolcott broadcasting his Broadway commentaries from the stage. After being dark from 1965 to 1969, it was bought and renovated in 1971. Ten years later, Jujamcyn bought it, renovating it further in 1989. In 1990, it was renamed for critic-playwright Walter Kerr.

To learn more about the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Built: 1921   

Theatre Names Named
Walter Kerr Theatre
Named for Walter Kerr, critic and playwright. Reopened April 16, 1990
1990
Ritz Theatre
Opened March 21, 1921
1921
Robert F. Kennedy Childrens' Theatre
showed films

Broadway Productions

Amélie, A New Musical
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Apr 03, 2017 - Present

Falsettos
Musical, Revival
Oct 27, 2016 - Jan 08, 2017

The Crucible
Play, Revival, Drama
Mar 31, 2016 - Jul 17, 2016

A Gentleman's Guide to Love & Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 2013 - Jan 17, 2016

Forever Tango
Special, Revival, Dance
Jul 14, 2013 - Sep 15, 2013

The Testament of Mary
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 22, 2013 - May 05, 2013

The Heiress
Play, Revival, Drama
Nov 01, 2012 - Feb 09, 2013

Clybourne Park
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Apr 19, 2012 - Sep 02, 2012

Lysistrata Jones
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 14, 2011 - Jan 08, 2012

The House of Blue Leaves
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 25, 2011 - Jun 25, 2011

A Little Night Music
Musical, Revival, Romantic Comedy
Dec 13, 2009 - Jan 09, 2011

Irena's Vow
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 29, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009

The Seagull
Play, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Oct 02, 2008 - Dec 21, 2008

A Catered Affair
Musical, Original
Apr 17, 2008 - Jul 27, 2008

A Bronx Tale
Special, Original, Solo
Oct 25, 2007 - Feb 24, 2008

Grey Gardens
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 02, 2006 - Jul 29, 2007

Doubt
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 31, 2005 - Jul 02, 2006

Gem of the Ocean
Play, Original
Dec 06, 2004 - Feb 06, 2005

Sixteen Wounded
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 15, 2004 - Apr 25, 2004

Take Me Out
Play, Original, Drama, Comedy
Feb 27, 2003 - Jan 04, 2004

Proof
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 24, 2000 - Jan 05, 2003

A Moon for the Misbegotten
Play, Revival, Drama
Mar 19, 2000 - Jul 02, 2000

Waiting in the Wings
Play, Original
Dec 16, 1999 - Feb 13, 2000

The Weir
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 01, 1999 - Nov 28, 1999

The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 23, 1998 - Mar 14, 1999

Forever Tango
Special, Original, Dance
Jun 19, 1997 - Apr 05, 1998

Present Laughter
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 18, 1996 - Apr 20, 1997

Seven Guitars
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 28, 1996 - Sep 08, 1996

Patti LuPone on Broadway
Special, Original, Concert, Solo
Oct 12, 1995 - Nov 25, 1995

Love! Valour! Compassion!
Play, Original
Feb 14, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995

Angels in America: Perestroika
Play, Original
Nov 23, 1993 - Dec 04, 1994

Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Play, Original
May 04, 1993 - Dec 04, 1994

Two Trains Running
Play, Original
Apr 13, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992

Crazy He Calls Me
Play, Original
Jan 27, 1992 - Feb 01, 1992

I Hate Hamlet
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 08, 1991 - Jun 22, 1991

The Piano Lesson
Play, Original
Apr 16, 1990 - Jan 27, 1991

Ritz Theatre

Chu Chem
Musical, Original
Apr 07, 1989 - May 14, 1989

Penn & Teller
Special, Original, Comedy, Magic
Dec 01, 1987 - Mar 20, 1988

Late Nite Comic
Musical, Original
Oct 15, 1987 - Oct 17, 1987

A Month of Sundays
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 16, 1987 - Apr 18, 1987

Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood
Musical, Original, Revue
Jan 23, 1986 - Feb 02, 1986

Doubles
Play, Original, Comedy
May 08, 1985 - Jan 04, 1986

Dancing in the End Zone
Play, Original
Jan 03, 1985 - Jan 26, 1985

Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare
Play, Revival, Solo
Jan 19, 1984 - Feb 19, 1984

The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Special, Original, Comedy, Variety
May 10, 1983 - Jun 12, 1983

No Sex Please, We're British
Play, Original
Feb 20, 1973 - Mar 04, 1973

Hurry, Harry
Musical, Original
Oct 12, 1972 - Oct 13, 1972

Children! Children!
Play, Original, Thriller
Mar 07, 1972 - Mar 07, 1972

Dance of Death
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 28, 1971 - May 01, 1971

Soon
Musical, Original
Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 13, 1971

I'll Take the High Road
Play, Original
Nov 09, 1943 - Nov 13, 1943

Tobacco Road
Play, Revival, Drama
Sep 04, 1943 - Oct 30, 1943

The First Million
Play, Original
Apr 28, 1943 - May 01, 1943

New Faces of 1943
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 22, 1942 - Mar 13, 1943

My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 23, 1942 - Dec 13, 1942

Harlem Cavalcade
Musical, Original, Revue
May 01, 1942 - May 23, 1942

Pinocchio
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Dec 23, 1938 - Jun 30, 1939

Schoolhouse on the Lot
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1938 - May 1938

Murder in the Cathedral
Play, Revival, Drama
Feb 16, 1938 - Mar 1938

Time and the Conways
Play, Original, Play with music
Jan 03, 1938 - Feb 1938

Love in My Fashion
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 03, 1937 - Dec 1937

As You Like It
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 30, 1937 - Nov 1937

On Location
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 27, 1937 - Oct 1937

Hymn to the Rising Sun
Play, Revival
May 06, 1937 - May 1937

Unto Such Glory
Play, Revival
May 06, 1937 - May 1937

Power
Play, Original, Sketches
Feb 23, 1937 - Jul 10, 1937

Bassa Mona
Musical, Original, Dance, Drama
Jan 12, 1937 - Jan 23, 1937

Mimie Scheller
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 30, 1936 - Oct 1936

The Kick Back
Play, Original
Jun 22, 1936 - Jul 1936

Co-respondent Unknown
Play, Original
Feb 11, 1936 - May 1936

Hell Freezes Over
Play, Original, Tragedy
Dec 28, 1935 - Jan 1936

Abide With Me
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 21, 1935 - Dec 1935

Petticoat Fever
Play, Original, Farce
Mar 04, 1935 - Jul 1935

The Eldest
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 11, 1935 - Mar 1935

Prisoners of War
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 28, 1935 - Feb 1935

Piper Paid
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 25, 1934 - Jan 1935

So Many Paths
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 06, 1934 - Dec 1934

All Rights Reserved
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 06, 1934 - Dec 1934

Good-bye Please
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 24, 1934 - Oct 1934

First Episode
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 17, 1934 - Oct 1934

Her Majesty the Widow
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 18, 1934 - Jul 1934

Furnished Rooms
Play, Original, Comedy,Drama
May 29, 1934 - Jun 1934

The Wind and the Rain
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 01, 1934 - May 1934

And Be My Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 18, 1934 - Jan 1934

The Wooden Slipper
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 03, 1934 - Jan 1934

Double Door
Play, Original, Melodrama
Sep 21, 1933 - Jan 1934

It Happened Tomorrow
Play, Original, Comedy
May 05, 1933 - May 1933

Strange Gods
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 15, 1933 - Apr 1933

Before Morning
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 09, 1933 - Mar 1933

Ruth Draper
Special, Original, Sketches
Nov 14, 1932 - Dec 1932

Money in the Air
Play, Original
Mar 07, 1932 - Apr 1932

Air Minded
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 10, 1932 - Feb 1932

Adams' Wife
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 28, 1931 - Jan 1932

Two Seconds
Play, Original, Tragedy
Oct 09, 1931 - Nov 1931

Alison's House
Play, Revival, Drama
May 11, 1931 - May 23, 1931

The Great Man
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 07, 1931 - Apr 1931

A Woman Denied
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 25, 1931 - Mar 1931

She Means Business
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 26, 1931 - Feb 1931

Purity
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 25, 1930 - Jan 1931

Schoolgirl
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 20, 1930 - Dec 1930

Sisters of the Chorus
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 20, 1930 - Nov 1930

Nine Till Six
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 27, 1930 - Oct 1930

Cafe
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 28, 1930 - Aug 1930

Dear Old England
Play, Original, Farce, Satire
Mar 25, 1930 - Apr 1930

This Man's Town
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 10, 1930 - Mar 1930

Mendel, Inc.
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 25, 1929 - Jun 1930

Broken Dishes
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 05, 1929 - Closing date unknown

Soldiers and Women
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 02, 1929 - Oct 1929

Courage
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 08, 1928 - Jun 1929

The Great Power
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 11, 1928 - Oct 1928

Excess Baggage
Play, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Dec 26, 1927 - Jun 30, 1928

Playing the Game
Play, Original
Dec 19, 1927 - Dec 1927

White Lights
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 11, 1927 - Nov 05, 1927

What the Doctor Ordered
Play, Original, Farce
Aug 18, 1927 - Sep 1927

The Thief
Play, Revival
Apr 22, 1927 - Jul 1927

The Legend of Leonora
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 29, 1927 - Apr 1927

Bye, Bye, Bonnie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 13, 1927 - Mar 1927

The Padre
Play, Original
Dec 27, 1926 - Jan 12, 1927

This Woman Business
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 07, 1926 - Jan 1927

Loose Ends
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 01, 1926 - Dec 1926

Potash and Perlmutter, Detectives
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 31, 1926 - Oct 1926

Beau Gallant
Play, Original
Apr 05, 1926 - Apr 1926

90 Horse Power
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 1926 - Apr 1926

Find Daddy
Play, Original, Farce
Mar 08, 1926 - Mar 1926

A Weak Woman
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 26, 1926 - Mar 1926

Young Blood
Play, Original
Nov 24, 1925 - Jan 26, 1926

The Offense
Play, Original
Nov 16, 1925 - Nov 1925

The Man With a Load of Mischief
Play, Original
Oct 26, 1925 - Nov 1925

A Kiss in a Taxi
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Aug 25, 1925 - Oct 1925

Old English
Play, Original
Dec 23, 1924 - Jun 1925

Hassard Short's Ritz Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 17, 1924 - Dec 1924

Shooting Shadows
Play, Original, Farce, Melodrama, Mystery
Jun 26, 1924 - Jul 1924

The Fatal Wedding
Play, Revival, Comedy
Jun 02, 1924 - Jun 1924

The Melody Man
Play, Original, Comedy
May 13, 1924 - Jun 1924

Outward Bound
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 07, 1924 - May 1924

The Business Widow
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 20, 1923 - Jan 1924

Robert E. Lee
Play, Original, History
Nov 20, 1923 - Dec 1923

In Love With Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 06, 1923 - Nov 1923

The Enchanted Cottage
Play, Original
Mar 31, 1923 - May 1923

The Sporting Thing To Do
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 19, 1923 - Mar 1923

The Humming Bird
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 15, 1923 - Feb 1923

It Is the Law
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 29, 1922 - Mar 1923

Banco
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 20, 1922 - Nov 1922

The Advertising of Kate
Play, Original, Comedy
May 08, 1922 - May 1922

Madame Pierre
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 15, 1922 - Mar 1922

Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 19, 1921 - Feb 1922

Mary Stuart
Play, Original, Drama, History, One Act
Mar 21, 1921 - Apr 1921

A Man About Town
Special, Original
Mar 21, 1921 - Apr 1921

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