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Booth Theater

222 West 45th Street

2 Hours and 15 Minutes - One 15 Minute Intermission

November 3, 2011 (Limited-engagement: January 8, 2012)

Broadway Play (Drama)

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The theater was built as a partnership between Lee Shubert and Winthrop Ames, the producer. The theater was designed by architect Henry B. Hertz. It was one of the pair coming together, along with the Shubert Theater, as a seamless unit. It is also the smaller and less extravagant of the two. Both these theaters are known to display the last surviving example of graffito in New York. Graffito is a drawing or inscription made on a wall, and is seen on the exterior of the Booth Theater. At one time, this was a very popular form of decoration. It was named after Edwin Booth, the actor, who was the brother of the infamous John Wilkes Booth.

Ames, who had an extensive knowledge of architecture, modeled his theatre and productions after the contemporary European theaters. Ames’ father was keen on preserving the legacy of Edwin Booth, and Ames decided to honor the actor by naming the theater after him. He meant the intimate interior setting of the 783-seat theater to present the most challenging and finely crafted plays.

Ames retired in 1932, and the Shubert brothers leased it for the next 15 years before purchasing the theater in 1948.

The Productions

The theater opened on October 16, 1913 with the American premier of Arnold Bennet’s The Great Adventure. From then until the 1940s, the Theater had many productions that left a mark, such as Clare Kummer’s A Successful Calamity in 1917; Arthur Richman’s romantic comedy Not So Long Ago in1920; John Drinkwater’s Bird in Hand in 1929; and Laburnum Grove by J. B. Priestley in 1935, among others. George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart’s You Can’t Take It with You opened in 1936, and was a huge success.

The 1950s and the 1960s was the time of the stars. Come Back, Little Sheba in 1950 had Shirley Booth; William Gibson’s Two For the Seesaw in 1958 had Henry Fonda and Anne Bancroft; Murray Schisgal’s Luv in 1961, directed by Mike Nichols, had Alan Arkin, Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson; among many other productions.

Many small scale musicals had great commercial successes in the 1980s and 1990s. The modern classics during this period included Robert Morse in Tru in 1989; Having Our Say in 1995 with Mary Alice and Gloria Foster; and one-person shows, such as Dame Edna: The Royal Tour in 1999; The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe in 2000; and Bea Arthur on Broadway in 2002, among others.

The Theater

The theater was renovated and restored in 1979 by designer Melanie Kahane. It has 766 seats, 502 in the orchestra and 252 in the mezzanine, among others. It has two places for wheelchairs and 14 standing places.

From November 3, 2011 through January 8, 2012, the dramatic Broadway play "Other Desert Cities" will be playing.

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