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Belasco Theater

111 West 44th Street

Two hours and 10 minutes, including one 15 minute intermission

April 2, 2012 (Open-ended)

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Conforming to the tastes of the audiences in the first quarter of the 20th century, and inspired by the need to have small and intimate venues for entertainment, David Belasco – the impresario, built smaller theaters. The first theater that went by the name Belasco Theater in New York was originally the Theater Republic, built by Oscar Hammerstein on 42nd Street. Belasco took over its management in 1902, completely remodeled it, and changed its name to Belasco Theater. When he gave up this theater in 1910, it was renamed the Republic. When this happened, the Stuyvesant Theater, which Belasco constructed in 1907, was renamed the Belasco Theater, which is still located today at 111 West 44th Street.

The first Belasco Theater at 42nd Street is now called the New Victor Theater. The present Belasco Theater on 44th Street was built by architect George Keister to the specifications by Belasco. It was designed with Tiffany lighting, ceiling panels, rich woodwork, and has 18 murals by the renowned artist Everett Shinn. It was fitted with the most advanced tools of the times, such as extensive lighting rigs, a hydraulic system, and a vast wing and fly space. The Belasco Theater features a colonial revival exterior and a neo-Georgian auditorium.

The auditorium was conceived as a living room, as Belasco believed that drama depended, in part, on the proximity of the audience to the performers. The shallow depth of the auditorium gave just that effect. Belasco Theater’s premiere production, on October 16, 1907, was A Grand Army Man, featuring William Warfield and Antoinette Perry. The theater, of course, was still named the Stuyvesant, then. Antoinette Perry is for whom the Tony awards are named.

After David Belasco’s death in 1931, the theater was leased to different people, until it was bought by the Shuberts in 1948.

The Productions

Until his death, David Belasco produced and directed nearly 50 shows, notable among them being The Warrens of Virginia featuring Cecil B. DeMille and Mary Pickford, in 1907; Polly with a Past, in 1917; Lulu Belle in 1926, and It’s a Wise Child starring Humphrey Bogart, in 1929, among others. His last production in 1930 – Tonight or Never, was also quite well received.

In the early 1950s for four years, the Belasco Theater was a radio playhouse for NBC, and then reverted back to legitimate theater. From William Shakespeare, to Clifford Odets, to Noel Coward, to George S. Kaufman, the Belasco has showcased a number of classics over the years. Talents, such as John Barrymore, Humphrey Bogart, and Walter Matthau, among others, who were the icons of the times, have also appeared on the stage of the Belasco Theater.

The Theater

Today, the Belasco Theater is still a great Broadway venue, with all its original glory.

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