From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Broadhurst Theatre, 2007.
The Broadhurst Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in
It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, a well-known theatre
designer who had been working directly with the Shubert brothers; the Broadhurst opened 27
September 1917. Built back-to-back with the Plymouth, it was meant to resemble the
style of the neighboring Shubert and Booth theaters
designed by Henry B. Herts, using less expensive brick and terra cotta materials on the
discreetly neoclassical facades. Like all of Krapp's work during
this period, it features minimal ornamentation, a single balcony,
wide space, and excellent sightlines.
It was named after George Howells Broadhurst, an
Anglo-American dramatist who came to America in 1886. In
addition to writing plays, he managed theaters in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Francisco
before he decided to open his own in association with the Shubert
brothers. The theatre was constructed to house both musicals and
plays, which it has done successfully for nearly ninety years. It
has been designated a New York
The Broadhurst opened on September 27, 1917 with George
Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, the first New York
production of the philosophical 1910 comedy. It ran for only 52
performances and was not performed on Broadway again until
Recent tenants include Les
Miserables, which in October 2006 began an intended
six-month-long return engagement that finally closed in January
2008; and 2008 revivals of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with
American cast including Terrence Howard, Anika Noni
Rose, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia
Rashād, and Equus, starring Daniel
Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.
- 1918: The George and Ira Gershwin composition "The Real
American Folk Song" is included in Ladies First, the first
time one of their co-written tunes is heard on the Great White Way.
- 1919: Jane Cowl
writes and stars in her popular romantic drama Smilin'
Through. 175 performances.
- 1924: Dixie to Broadway, starring Florence Mills,
is the first all-Black show to have a mainstream Broadway
- 1924: Beggar on Horseback, a George S.
Connelly collaboration, stars Roland Young.
- 1928: The Ray
Henderson-Buddy De Sylva-Lew Brown musical Hold Everything
introduces the public to "You're the Cream in My Coffee."
- 1929: June
Moon, a comedy by George S. Kaufman and Ring Lardner.
- 1932: Leslie Howard produces and stars
in Philip Barry's
The Animal Kingdom opposite Ilka Chase.
- 1933: Sidney
Kingsley's Men in White stars Luther Adler and Morris
Carnovsky and ultimately wins the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
- 1935: Robert E. Sherwood's classic, The
Petrified Forest, features Leslie Howard and Humphrey
- 1935: Helen
Hayes and Vincent Price enjoy a 517-performance run
in Victoria Regina.
- 1944: Agatha
Christie arrives on Broadway with Ten Little
- 1945: Follow the Girls completed its
888-performance run at the Broadhurst.
- 1946: Anita Loos'
comedy hit, Happy Birthday, wins star Helen Hayes the first
Tony Award for Best
Actress in a Play.
- 1951: Barbara
Cook makes her Broadway debut in the short-lived Flahooley.
- 1952: Pal Joey revival runs for 540
performances and wins Tony
Award for Helen Gallagher.
- 1956: Rosalind Russell has the title role in
Lawrence and Robert E. Lee's Auntie Mame.
- 1958: France
Nuyen and William Shatner co-star in Paul Osborn's The
World of Suzie Wong.
- 1959: Fiorello!, with a Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick score, is directed by
stars Tom Bosley, and
wins a Tony and the Pulitzer.
- 1963: 110 in the Shade enjoys a
330-performance run with Robert Horton, Will Geer, Lesley Ann Warren, and Inga Swenson in her
- 1964: Oh, What a Lovely War!
garners 4 Tony Award
nominations, including Best Musical, and wins the Theatre
- 1965: Kelly - The biggest Broadway flop, it
closed on the opening night.
- 1966: Jill
Haworth, Joel Grey,
Jack Gilford, Lotte Lenya, and Bert Convy invite
audiences to come to John Kander and Fred Ebb's Cabaret 1,165 times.
- 1967: More Stately Mansions, one
O'Neill's lesser efforts, has an all-star cast including Ingrid Bergman,
Hill, and Colleen Dewhurst.
- 1969: Woody
Allen, Tony Roberts, and Diane Keaton forsake
the screen to star in Allen's Play It Again,
Sam; The Fig Leaves Are
Falling closes after only four performances.
- 1970: Cry
for Us All, a musical adaptation of the hit off-Broadway play Hogan's Goat,
was far less successful than its source, closing after only
eighteen previews and nine performances.
- 1971: 70,
Girls, 70 was an unsuccessful collaboration by Kander and
- 1972: Alan Arkin
Albertson and Sam
Levene in Neil
Simon's The Sunshine Boys
- 1974: Marlo
Thomas makes her Broadway debut in Herb Gardner's Thieves,
directed by Charles Grodin.
- 1976: Katharine Hepburn and Christopher
Reeve co-star in Enid Bagnold's drama A Matter of
- 1976: Larry
Fox, directed by Arthur Penn, stars George C.
Gilford, Gretchen Wyler, and Hector Elizondo.
- 1978: Ann
Reinking and Wayne Cilento star in director and
- 1980: Peter
Shaffer's Amadeus, with Ian McKellen, Tim Curry, and Jane
Seymour, settles in for a 1181-performance run.
- 1983: Alfonso Ribeiro plays the title role in
Dance Kid with Hinton Battle, who wins a Tony.
- 1984: Dustin
Hoffman is the toast of Broadway as Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's
Death of a Salesman.
- 1986: Linda
Lavin wins a Tony for her performance in Neil Simon's Broadway
Bound, co-starring Jason Alexander and Phyllis
- 1990: Aspects of Love proves to be one
of Andrew Lloyd Webber's least
- 1993: The Terrence McNally-John Kander-Fred Ebb
Tony-winning musical Kiss of the Spider
Woman stars Chita Rivera, Brent Carver, and Anthony
- 1996: Sarah Jessica Parker stars in a
revival of the musical Once Upon a Mattress.
- 1998: Jerry
Seinfeld delivered his final performance of his original
stand-up act, I'm Telling You for the
- 1999: Fosse is a
revue featuring dance numbers from Chicago, Sweet Charity,
and Pippin, among others.
- 2002: Vanessa Williams plays the Witch in
a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Into the
- 2003: A musical adaptation of the film Urban
Cowboy fails to find an audience.
- 2005: Lennon, featuring the former
Beatle's music and lyrics, runs for 42 previews and 49
- 2006: Alan
Bennett's The History Boys transfers from
London with its cast
- 2007: The Revival of Les Misérables stars
Alexander Gemignani as Jean Valjean.
- 2008: A revival of Equus stars Daniel
Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths.
- 2009 A production of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart stars Janet McTeer as Mary,
Queen of Scots, and Harriet Walter as Elizabeth of
- 2009: A West End Transfer of Hamlet, starring Jude Law as the title character
- 2010: ENRON, a
musical by Lucy
Prebble that was inspired by the infamous 2001 financial
scandal involving the company, will open on April 29th, 2010. The
production had a highly successful run on the West End in