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1681 Broadway at 53rd Street

Two hours and 20 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission

March 3, 2013 (Open-Ended)

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Theatre History

Named the B.S. Moss’ Colony Theatre when it opened in 1924, the theatre was one of the great movie palaces of the silent film era, when “concert orchestras” often accompanied first run films in New York and other cities. The Shuberts took over in 1939, changed the name on the marquee to Broadway, and switched to a bill that featured new live productions, including Irving Berlin’s “This Is the Army” (1942), Oscar Hammerstein’s “Carmen Jones” (1943), the Sammy Davis vehicle “Mr. Wonderful” (1956), and “Gypsy” (1959). In more recent years productions included the sleeper hit “Purlie” (1970), Harold Prince’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide” (1974). Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Evita” (1979) ran for 1567 performances. Following major restoration, the theatre reopened with “Les Miserables” (1987), and “Miss Saigon” (1996).

The theatre became part of the overall design of a new skyscraper – an office building that was cantilevered over the theatre’s auditorium. The façade was subsequently resurfaced in polished granite. The auditorium is similar in layout and design to many of the mid-sized movie palaces designed in the office of Thomas Lamb. The decoration is Italian Renaissance in derivation, with many Adamesque elements. Marbles, bronzes, and gilt were used generously throughout the house.

The Theatre has a seating capacity of 1,752 with a proscenium stage type.

Currently the Broadway Musical "Cinderella" is playing and scheduled for an open-ended run..

Previous Shows

Sister Act
Promises, Promises
The Color Purple

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