St James Theatre Tickets
Built by and originally named for the Shubert’s arch-rival, A.L. Erlanger, the venue had an undistinguished history until it came under new management and was renamed for a well-known London playhouse. The playhouse blossomed in 1943 when Rodgers and Hammerstein’s fabulous “Oklahoma!” began its record-breaking run (2212 performances. The venue booked several other great musicals – including Frank Loesser’s “Where’s Charley?” (1948), “The King And I” (1951), and the“Pajama Game”(1954). The venue closed briefly for renovations and reopened with another Rodgers and Hammersein musical, “Flower Drum Song” (1958), “Hello Dolly” (1964) ran 2844 performances, breaking the house record set by “Oklahoma!” Other hits have included “Barnum” (1980), “My One and Only” (1983), and “The Secret Garden” (1990). Two outstanding revivals, “Gypsy” (1989) with Tyne Daley and “A Funny Thing Happened On the Way To the Forum” (1996) with Nathan Lane, have also played the St. James.
The façade of the St. James Theatre is austere, with a plain gray stucco front relieved only by some Georgian-style cast stonework and an elaborate double-height loggia made of wrought iron just above the ground level. The theatre was designed with a second balcony, which is rare among theatres built after 1920. The theatre’s upper walls are covered with frescos of Arcadian scenes. Like the exterior the interior is minimally elaborate.
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