Shubert Theatre Tickets
Shubert Theatre History
The Shubert brothers won a lease on land owned by the Astor Estate. Ultimately, they built four theatres on the site. On the corner of what came to be called Shubert Alley and 44th Street, the Sam S. Shubert Theatre was the first to be built. Named for a brother who died in 1905, the theatre became the Shubert’s New York flagship. The Shubert was a large theatre, made for the musicals popular at the time. Among the Shubert’s early hits were Sigmund Romberg’s “Maytime” (1917) and six annual editions of the Grennwich Village Follies (1920 – 1925). The theatre’s first Pulitzer Prize – winner was a straight play – Robert E. Sherwood”s “Idiot’s Delight” (1936). Works created by Rodgers and Hart, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Lerner and Lowe, Stephen Sondheim, and other icons of the musical theatre also appeared on the Shubert ‘s stage, but the theatre’s biggest hit was the Pulitzer Prize – winning “A Chorus Line, created by the choreographer Michael Bennett at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre. The show transferred to the Shubert in 1975 and ran for a record – breaking 6137 performances (surpassed only by “Cats” in 1997).
The façade of the Shubert Theatre is glazed brick with terra – cotta rustication, in an Italian Renaissance style. Bands of plaster frescoes called sgraffito – a technique of etching plaster while it is still wet – is the principal decorative feature. Originally, the plaster walls of the Shubert auditorium were painted to resemble stonework with a richly detailed ornamental cornice. Subsequent redecorating has seen the walls covered in Yellow imitation silk, but much of the original detailing remains, including painted panels, representing various classical figures.
Currently playing: Memphis - The Musical with a seating capacity of 1521 and a Proscenium Stage Type. View Memphis Tickets
The theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible,
There are no steps into the theatre from the sidewalk. Please be advised that where there are steps either into or within the theatre, we are unable to provide assistance.
Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating location.
Located on the 2nd level, up 2 flights of stairs (34 steps). Please Note: On the Mezzanine or Balcony level, there are approximately 2 steps per row. Entrance to Mezzanine is behind row K.
Located on the 3rd level, up 3 flights of stairs (56 steps) from the Orchestra. Please Note: On the Mezzanine or Balcony level, there are approximately 2 steps per row. Entrance to Balcony is behind row J.