Here are the oldest theatres on Broadway. Enjoy!
10. Shubert Theatre
Opened: September 29,1913. Named for Sam Shubert. The Shubert Organization offices are here.
Opening Production: Othello
Current Tenant: Memphis
Notable Productions: A Chorus Line, A Little Night Music, Crazy for You, The Apple Tree, Wait Until Dark, Spamalot, Promises, Promises
Notable Flops: Big, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Musical, The Creation of the World and Other Business
9. Longacre Theatre
Opened: May 1, 1913. Named for its location on Longacre Square, today known as Times Square
Opening Production: Are You a Crook?
Current Tenant: La Cage aux Folles
Notable Productions: Ain't Misbehavin', Boeing Boeing, Children of a Lesser God
Notable Flops: Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1 performance), Well, The Gershwins' Fascinating Rhythm, Prymate (5 performances)
8. Palace Theatre
Opened: March 24, 1913. There are offices at the very top of the building that includes a window looking out on the stage.
Opening Production: Miss Civilization (a play)
Current Tenant: West Side Story
Notable Productions: Legally Blonde, AIDA, Beauty and the Beast, Applause, George M!, Woman of the Year
Notable Flops: The Grand Tour, Home Sweet Homer, All Shook Up, Lestat
7. Cort Theatre
Opened: December 20, 1912
Opening Production: Peg O' My Heart
Current Tenant: A View from the Bridge
Notable Productions: Sunrise at Campobello, The Magic Show, The Little Dog Laughed, Sarafina!, Ma Rainey's Balck Bottom
Notable Flops: Kat and the Kings, Bobbi Boland (never opened), The Green Bird, Hollywood Arms, Radio Golf
6. Helen Hayes Theatre
Opened: March 12, 1912. Spent most of its life at The Little Theatre or some variation of that name. It is Broadway's smallest house, with 597 seats, depending on the show. Became the Helen Hayes in 1983.
Opening Production: The Pigeon
Current Tenant: Next Fall
Notable Productions: Xanadu, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Defending the Caveman, Torch Song Trilogy, Romance/Romance, Dirty Blonde, Say Goodnight, Gracie
Notable Flops: Sally Marr...and Her Escorts, By Jeeves, Band in Berlin, Epic Proportions
5. Winter Garden Theatre
Opened: March 10, 1911. Started life as The American Horse Exchange! And for decades most of the theatre facade has been coverd by billboards.
Opening Production: La Belle Paree
Current Tenant: Mamma Mia!
Notable Productions: Cats, Mame, West Side Story (original), Beatlemania, 42nd Street (original), Follies, Funny Girl
Notable Flops: Pacific Overtures, Zoot Suit, Comin' Uptown
4. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
Opened: January 10,1910. Originally the Globe Theatre; renamed in 1958
Opening Production: The Old Town
Current Tenant: The Addams Family
Notable Productions: Titanic, The Sound of Music, transfers of Beauty and the Beast and Raisin, Little Me
Notable Flops: Smile, A Broadway Musical (1 performance), The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public (8 performances)
3. Belasco Theatre
Opened: October 16, 1907 as the Styvesant Theatre; renamed Belasco Theatre in 1910. David Belasco had a private apartment above the theatre, where he could watch performances from a small window. His ghost has been seen many times in the theatre.
Opening Production: A Grand Army Man
Current Tenant: No current tenant. Theatre is being rennovated
Notable Productions: Passing Strange, Joe Turner's Come and Gone (revival), Awake and Sing (revival), Oh! Calcutta!, Enchanted April, Journey's End
Notable Flops: Dracula, James Joyce's The Dead, American Buffalo (revival)
2. Lyceum Theatre
Opened: November 2, 1903. Claims to be the oldest theatre on Broadway. It isn't. But it is the oldest theatre on Broadway in continuous legitimate use.
Opening Production: The Proud Prince
Current Tenant: Looped
Notable Productions: I Am My Own Wife, Our Town, Is He Dead?, Steel Magnolias, [title of show]
Notable Flops: Is He Dead?, Steel Magnolias, [title of show]
1. New Amsterdam Theatre
Opened: October 26, 1903. It is the oldest Broadway theatre by 8 whole days! It was, however almost exactly 60 years between productions - a revival of Othello opened and closed in January 1937. King David reopened the theatre in May 1997.
Opening Production: A Midsummer Night's Dream
Current Tenant: Mary Poppins
Notable Productions: The Lion King, most of the Ziefeld Follies
Notable Flops: Apparently, Othello in 1937!
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