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The classic New York City theater, originally known as the Ritz, was built for the Shubert Brothers in 1921. This 945 seat Theater, designed by Herbert J. Krapp, was built in 60 days, a record. Built in the Italian Renaissance style, its gorgeous interior had sumptuous colors, and captivating designs, in addition to the moody lighting that created a candle-lit effect inside the theater. It opened on March 21, 1921 with an original Broadway one act play - Mary Stuart, followed by A Man About Town, both written by John Drinkwater. It housed a number of notable plays and revivals, but hardly any shows that debuted at the Ritz are remembered today.
In 1937, the Ritz was leased by the Federal Theatre Project, and from 1943 to 1965, it was used as a radio and television studio. From 1965 to 1969, the Ritz did hardly any work, and went through an identity crisis. For a short time it was also known as the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Theater. The Renovation
The Ritz was bought by the Jujamcyn Organization, the third-largest company on Broadway behind the Shubert Organization and the Nederlander Organization, in early 1980s. It was renovated and renamed the Walter Kerr Theater. The renovations carried out on behalf of Jujamcyn included restoring the interior to its original colors, designs and lighting.
Even after the renovations, the theater is not fully wheelchair accessible. The wheelchair seating is available in the orchestra section only, and the theater does not provide assistance within it. Restroom, accessible by wheelchair is available on the orchestra level.The Re-Opening
The theater reopened on April 16, 1990, with a Lloyd Richard directed original broadway play - The Piano Lesson – written by August Wilson. The play ran for 328 performances.
Three other August Wilson written plays - Two Trains Running, Seven Guitars, and Gem of the Ocean – have done very well at the over the years. Other popular works, including the Pulitzer Prize winners Proof and Doubt, that were produced at the Walter Kerr Theater were Love! Valour! Compassion!, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Take Me Out, among others.
The comparatively smaller Walter Kerr Theater, with around 945 seats, has proven to be a suitable venue for plays, such as The Flying Karamazov Brothers, Ian McKellen Acting Shakespeare, and Patti Lupone On Broadway. The Best Seats
The best seats at the theater are those in the mid center section of the orchestra. Most seats in the mezzanine section also provide clear view of the performances.
Currently, the comedic Broadway play running at the Walter Kerr Theater – Clybourne Park - which opened on April 19th, 2012 and won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
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