Richard Rogers Theater Tickets
Richard Rogers Theatre History
Originally named Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre when it opened in 1925, this theatre has showcased a number of popular Broadway productions. Among the early hits were the long running “Good News!”(1927) and “Follow Thru”(1929), These early successes were followed by such classic productions as: Cole Porter’s “DuBarry Was a Lady”(1939) and “Panama Hattie”(1940); Burton Lane and Yip Harburg’s “Finian’s Rainbow”(1947); and, Abe Burrows and Frank Loesser’s “Guys And Dolls”(1950). Gwen Verdon held the stage with three big musicals – “Damn Yankees”(1955), “New Girl in Town”(1957), and “Redhead”(1959). Burrows-Loesser’s “How to Succeed in Business Without Even Trying”(1961) won the Pulitzer Prize. Another hit was Bob Fosse’s “Chicago”(1975). After a change in ownership in 1982, the theatre achieved success with some straight plays – notably August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize-winning “Fences”(1987) and two Neil Simon comedies, “Lost in Yonkers”(1991) and “Laughter on the 23rd Floor”(1993). The 46th Street was renamed in honor of composer Richard Rodgers in 1990.
The façade of the Richard Rodgers is very elaborate. The white brick wall is embellished with a handsome cornice and balustrade, a rusticated sidewalk front, and sculptured panels of classical theatrical masks. A decorative triple-arched loggia between Corinthian columns also serve as a screen for the balcony fire escape. The trim is terra-cotta.
The Theatre was the first Broadway house to employ the so-called stadium seating plan, with the orchestra rising at a relatively steep pitch all the way to the back of the house. This design offers a new approach to theater seating layout. Instead of two separate entrances for the orchestra and balcony seating, one entrance is shared. Upon entrance you either head down your aisle to your seat or head up the stairs into the balcony section.
Adamesque plasterwork was used to enhance the overall look of the auditorium, with shell moldings forming arches on the walls. The boxes are decorated with wave friezes.
In 1996 the Richard Rogers fills the house and audiences flock to see the musical revival "Chicago" which wins praise and Tony awards, including best revival. Chicago is later moved to the Shubert where it continues to be a Broadway hit. In 1998 "Footloose" moves in, the production received little critical acclaim, but fans and audiences keep the show going. The Tennessee Williams masterpiece "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" is currently playing in the theatre.