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Shubert Theatre - NY
One of New York City’s most iconic Broadway theatres is Shubert Theatre. With a history reaching back to the early-1900s, it is an enduring venue that has earned its keep, successfully bringing the best of the performance arts to audiences who come from around the world. It is officially a New York City landmark, and for good reason. For more information on Shubert Theatre, keep reading.
Opened in 1913, Shubert Theatre is named after the Shuberts – specifically Samuel S. Shubert – the famous theater production family who emigrated from modern-day Lithuania to Syracuse, New York. The family’s legacy is The Shubert Organization, America’s oldest professional theatre company, which began in the late-19th century and expanded across New York and other areas of the country. It is still a thriving theatre chain today.
In terms of architecture, Shubert Theatre is a fascinating structure, joined with the neighboring Booth Theatre, which was also owned and operated by the Shuberts. This unified exterior is called “Venetian Renaissance.” On the interior, Shubert Theatre has a distinct design, known for its supreme elegance. Intricate plasterwork, artfully painted panels, and a grand arch are defining features. Complete with nearly 1,500 seats and two large balconies, it is a relatively large theatre house, which makes for an awe-inspiring experience. The vision of designer Henry Beaumont Herts is maintained to this day—either through restoration or recreation.
Shubert Theatre began its life with a performance of Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw. Operating for more than a century it has held numerous performances, including Chicago (1996-2003), Memphis (2009-2012), Matilda the Musical (2013-2017), Crazy for You (1992-1996), and A Chorus Line (1975-1990). It even kept its doors open during the Great Depression. Over the years, Shubert Theatre has hosted a number of eventful, defining moments in theatre, such as the debut of Barbara Streisand and the resurgence of Audrey Hepburn’s career. Its most recent show is To Kill A Mockingbird, based on Harper Lee’s American classic novel, with the play written by Aaron Sorkin and produced by Scott Rudin.
Located at 225 West 44th Street New York, New York 10036, Shubert Theatre is situated in Midtown Manhattan. The closest subway stations are the 42nd Street Port Authority Bus Terminal Station and the Times Square 42nd Street Station, making it easy to find for NYC natives and travelers alike. Even in a place as rich with history as New York City, Shubert Theatre stands out as an American classic. It is a must-experience venue for any theatre fan.