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Broadway Theatre

1681 Broadway (W. 53rd St.), New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1761

Eugene DeRosa, architect. B.S. Moss opened the theatre as vaudeville-motion picture house. It became a legit house on December 8, 1930, and was renamed B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, taking the name of a theatre that had just been razed. Movies and vaudeville alternated throughout the 1930s, until the Shuberts bought it in 1939. They renovated it in 1939, 1956, and 1986. The large stage and seating capacity have made it a popular theatre for musicals through the years. The Broadway Theatre is best known by movie historians as the first theatre in which Cinerama--the trademarked name for a widescreen process--and its inaugural film "This Is Cinerama" played.

To learn more about the history of the Broadway Theatre, see historical information provided by the Shubert Organization and Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Broadway Theatre.

Built: 1924   

Theatre Names Named
Broadway Theatre
premiered Disney's "Fantasia"
1939
Cine Roma
showed Italian films
1937
B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre
Oct 12, 1935 became movie house
1935
Broadway Theatre
Opened December 26, 1932, became vaudeville house
1933
Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre
Named for Earl Carroll, Reopened September 27, 1932
1932
B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre
Named for Benjamin S. Moss, Opened December 8, 1930
1930
Universal's Colony Theatre
Opened February 7, 1926
1926
B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre
Named for Benjamin S. Moss, Opened December 25, 1924
1924

Broadway Productions

Miss Saigon
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 23, 2017 - Jan 14, 2018

Fiddler on the Roof
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Dec 20, 2015 - Dec 31, 2016

Doctor Zhivago
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 21, 2015 - May 10, 2015

Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Mar 03, 2013 - Jan 03, 2015

Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway
Special, Original, Concert
Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 27, 2012

Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 20, 2011 - Aug 26, 2012

Promises, Promises
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 25, 2010 - Jan 02, 2011

Shrek The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 14, 2008 - Jan 03, 2010

Cirque Dreams
Musical, Original, Circus
Jun 26, 2008 - Aug 24, 2008

The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 01, 2005 - Feb 24, 2008

Bombay Dreams
Musical, Original
Apr 29, 2004 - Jan 01, 2005

Sexaholix
Special, Original, Comedy,Solo
Nov 11, 2003 - Dec 07, 2003

La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Drama,Opera,Tragedy
Dec 08, 2002 - Jun 29, 2003

Robin Williams: Live on Broadway
Special, Original, Stand-up, Comedy
Jul 11, 2002 - Jul 14, 2002

Blast!
Special, Original, Concert
Apr 17, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001

Miss Saigon
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 11, 1991 - Jan 28, 2001

Les Misérables
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 12, 1987 - Oct 14, 1990

Costello Sings Again
Special, Original, Concert
Oct 21, 1986 - Oct 25, 1986

Big Deal
Musical, Original, Dance
Apr 10, 1986 - Jun 08, 1986

The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Jan 07, 1985 - Jun 30, 1985

The Three Musketeers
Musical, Revival
Nov 11, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984

Zorba
Musical, Revival
Oct 16, 1983 - Sep 02, 1984

Evita
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 25, 1979 - Jun 26, 1983

Saravá
Musical, Original
Mar 06, 1979 - Jun 17, 1979

The Wiz
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 25, 1977 - Jan 28, 1979

Nana Mouskouri on Broadway
Special, Original
Apr 26, 1977 - May 01, 1977

Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy, All Black Cast
Jul 21, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977

Candide
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Mar 10, 1974 - Jan 04, 1976

Dude
Musical, Original
Oct 09, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972

Fiddler on the Roof
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Dec 16, 1970 - Jul 02, 1972

Purlie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 1970 - Dec 15, 1970

Mame
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 06, 1969 - Jan 03, 1970

Cabaret
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 07, 1968 - Sep 06, 1969

The Happy Time
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968

Funny Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 28, 1966 - Jul 01, 1967

Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Sep 21, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966

A Time for Singing
Musical, Original
May 21, 1966 - Jun 25, 1966

The Devils
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 16, 1965 - Jan 08, 1966

Baker Street
Musical, Original
Feb 16, 1965 - Oct 30, 1965

Zizi
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Nov 21, 1964 - Jan 02, 1965

Folies Bergère [1964]
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 02, 1964 - Nov 14, 1964

The Girl Who Came to Supper
Musical, Original
Dec 08, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964

Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Special, Original, Puppets
Oct 02, 1963 - Nov 30, 1963

An Unusual Concert
Special, Original, Puppets
Oct 02, 1963 - Nov 30, 1963

Tovarich
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 18, 1963 - Jun 08, 1963

I Can Get It for You Wholesale
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 01, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962

My Fair Lady
Musical, Original, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Apr 18, 1962 - Sep 29, 1962

Kean
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Nov 02, 1961 - Jan 20, 1962

Fiorello!
Musical, Original
May 09, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961

The Music Man
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 24, 1960 - Apr 15, 1961

Gypsy
Musical, Original, Drama
May 21, 1959 - Jul 09, 1960

West Side Story
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 02, 1959 - May 10, 1959

King Henry V
Play, Revival, History
Dec 25, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959

Hamlet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 16, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959

Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 09, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959

Beryozka Russian Dance Company
Special, Original, Dance
Nov 04, 1958 - Dec 06, 1958

Le Cid
Play, Original, Tragedy, Comedy
Oct 30, 1958 - Nov 01, 1958

Don Juan
Play, Original
Oct 28, 1958 - Nov 02, 1958

Marie Tudor
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 21, 1958 - Oct 26, 1958

Le Triomphe de l'Amour
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 16, 1958 - Oct 18, 1958

Lorenzaccio
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 14, 1958 - Oct 25, 1958

Ballet Español
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Oct 07, 1958 - Oct 12, 1958

Contre-Pointe
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958

Carmen
Special, Revival, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958

La Dame Dans La Lune
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958

La Rose Des Vents
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958

The Body Beautiful
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 23, 1958 - Mar 15, 1958

The Most Happy Fella
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 21, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957

Shinbone Alley
Musical, Original
Apr 13, 1957 - May 25, 1957

Mr. Wonderful
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1956 - Feb 23, 1957

The Azuma Kabuki Dancers and Musicians
Special, Revival, Dance, Kabuki, Sketches
Dec 26, 1955 - Jan 1956

Katherine Dunham and Her Company
Special, Revival, Dance
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 17, 1955

Carmen Amaya and Her Company
Special, Original, Dance
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 11, 1955

Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 15, 1955 - Nov 20, 1955

Un Caprice
Play, Original, Comedy, One Act
Nov 15, 1955 - Nov 20, 1955

Le Barbier de Seville
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1955 - Nov 13, 1955

Arlequin Poli par l'Amour
Play, Original, Comedy, One Act
Nov 08, 1955 - Nov 13, 1955

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Play, Revival, Comedy, Ballet
Oct 25, 1955 - Nov 07, 1955

Antonio
Special, Original, Ballet
Oct 02, 1955 - Closing date unknown

The Saint of Bleecker Street
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
Dec 27, 1954 - Apr 02, 1955

Jose Greco
Special, Original
Apr 26, 1954 - May 08, 1954

Roland Petit's Les Ballets de Paris
Special, Revival
Jan 19, 1954 - Feb 28, 1954

South Pacific
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 29, 1953 - Jan 16, 1954

Shuffle Along [1952]
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 08, 1952 - May 10, 1952

Four Saints in Three Acts
Musical, Revival, Opera
Apr 16, 1952 - Apr 27, 1952

Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jan 08, 1952 - Jan 13, 1952

Diamond Lil
Play, Revival, Comedy, Melodrama
Sep 14, 1951 - Nov 10, 1951

Oklahoma!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 29, 1951 - Jul 28, 1951

The Green Pastures
Play, Revival
Mar 15, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951

Where's Charley?
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 29, 1951 - Mar 10, 1951

Pardon Our French
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 05, 1950 - Jan 06, 1951

Katherine Dunham and Her Company
Special, Original, Dance
Apr 19, 1950 - May 20, 1950

Touch and Go
Musical, Original, Revue
Feb 27, 1950 - Mar 18, 1950

As the Girls Go
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 14, 1949 - Jan 14, 1950

Cabalgata
Special, Original, Revue
Jul 07, 1949 - Sep 10, 1949

High Button Shoes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 18, 1948 - Jul 02, 1949

Oedipus Rex
Play, Revival, Tragedy
May 22, 1948 - May 27, 1948

The Golem
Play, Original
May 15, 1948 - Jun 10, 1948

David's Crown
Play, Original
May 08, 1948 - May 13, 1948

The Dybbuk
Play, Revival
May 01, 1948 - Jun 03, 1948

The Cradle Will Rock
Musical, Revival
Jan 28, 1948 - Feb 07, 1948

Beggar's Holiday
Musical, Original
Dec 26, 1946 - Mar 29, 1947

A Flag Is Born
Play, Original
Nov 18, 1946 - Dec 14, 1946

Fancy Free
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946

Interplay
Special, Revival, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946

Pas de Deux
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946

Pillar of Fire
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946

Song of Norway
Musical, Original, Operetta
Apr 15, 1946 - Sep 07, 1946

Up in Central Park
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 11, 1945 - Apr 13, 1946

Memphis Bound!
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 24, 1945 - Jun 09, 1945

The Tempest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 19, 1945 - Apr 21, 1945

Carmen Jones
Musical, Original
Dec 02, 1943 - Feb 10, 1945

Artists and Models [1943]
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 05, 1943 - Nov 27, 1943

The Student Prince
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Jun 08, 1943 - Oct 02, 1943

Lady in the Dark
Musical, Revival
Feb 27, 1943 - May 15, 1943

My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 13, 1942 - Jan 16, 1943

La Vie Parisienne
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Nov 10, 1942 - Dec 07, 1942

The Fair at Sorochinsk
Special, Original
Nov 03, 1942 - Dec 02, 1942

Ballet Imperial
Special, Original
Nov 03, 1942 - Dec 02, 1942

This Is the Army
Musical, Original, Revue
Jul 04, 1942 - Sep 26, 1942

Too Many Girls
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 22, 1940 - May 18, 1940

Mamba's Daughters
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 23, 1940 - Apr 06, 1940

Folies Bergère [1939]
Musical, Original, Vaudeville, Revue
Dec 25, 1939 - Feb 11, 1940

Broadway Theatre

Broadway Sho-Window
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 12, 1936 - Apr 24, 1936

The O'Flynn
Musical, Original, Operetta
Dec 27, 1934 - Jan 04, 1935

Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre

Earl Carroll's Vanities [1932]
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 27, 1932 - Dec 10, 1932

B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre

Troilus and Cressida
Play, Original, Tragedy
Jun 06, 1932 - Jun 13, 1932

The New Yorkers
Musical, Original, Revue, Satire
Dec 08, 1930 - May 02, 1931

Benefits and Special Events

Into the Woods
Special, Revival, Benefit, Comedy, Concert
Nov 09, 1997 - Nov 09, 1997

Together on Broadway (Mary Martin & Ethel Merman)
Special, Original, Benefit
May 15, 1977 - May 15, 1977

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