Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)

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Broadway Theatre
Universal's Colony Theatre
B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre
Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre
Ciné Roma
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The Broadway Theatre in 2019, playing King Kong
Broadway Theatre (53rd Street)
Address1681 Broadway
New York City
United States
Coordinates 40°45′48″N73°58′59″W / 40.7633°N 73.9831°W / 40.7633; -73.9831 Coordinates: 40°45′48″N73°58′59″W / 40.7633°N 73.9831°W / 40.7633; -73.9831
Owner The Shubert Organization
Capacity 1,761
Production West Side Story
OpenedDecember 25, 1924
Architect Eugene De Rosa
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Entrance, showing The Color Purple
The Broadway Theatre during the run of Sister Act, ca. 2011. 4.28.11BroadwayTheatreByLuigiNovi.jpg
The Broadway Theatre during the run of Sister Act , ca. 2011.

The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Roma) is a Broadway theatre located in midtown Manhattan. It has a large seating capacity of 1,761, and unlike most Broadway theaters, it is actually located on Broadway, at number 1681.



Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day, 1924, as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. The theater has operated under many names and owners. It was renamed Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a Broadway theater house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930. In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films. [1] For a short time during the 1950s it showed Cinerama films. [2]

On November 18, 1928, the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public, Steamboat Willie , debuted at the Colony. Producer Walt Disney returned on November 13, 1940, to debut the feature film Fantasia in Fantasound, an early stereo system. [3]

The vanue opened as a Broadway theater house in 1930 with The New Yorkers by Cole Porter. Stars such as Milton Berle, Alfred Drake, José Ferrer, Eartha Kitt, Vivien Leigh, Zero Mostel, and Mae West have appeared on stage. [1]

The Shubert Organization bought the theater in 1939 and renovated it extensively in 1956 and 1986. It has long been a popular theatre for producers of musicals because of large seating capacity, and the large stage, which is nearly sixty feet deep. Often plays that have become successful in smaller theaters have transferred to the Broadway Theatre. [1]

On March 12, 2020, the theater closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It does not plan on reopening until at least June 1, 2021. [4]

Notable productions

ProductionFirst previewOpening dateClosing dateNotes
The Three Musketeers October 26, 1984November 11, 1984November 18, 1984
The King and I December 26, 1984January 7, 1985June 30, 1985
Les Misérables February 28, 1987March 12, 1987October 14, 1990Moved to the Imperial Theatre three years later to run until May 18, 2003.
Miss Saigon March 23, 1991April 11, 1991January 28, 2001
Blast! April 5, 2001April 17, 2001September 23, 2001
La bohème November 29, 2002December 8, 2002June 29, 2003Staged by Baz Luhrmann
SexaholixN/ANovember 11, 2003December 7, 2003
Bombay Dreams March 29, 2004April 29, 2004January 1, 2005
The Color Purple November 1, 2005December 1, 2005February 24, 2008
Shrek The Musical November 8, 2008December 14, 2008January 3, 2010
Promises, Promises March 27, 2010April 25, 2010January 2, 2011
Sister Act March 24, 2011April 20, 2011August 26, 2012
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella January 25, 2013March 3, 2013January 4, 2015
Doctor Zhivago March 27, 2015April 21, 2015May 10, 2015
Fiddler on the Roof November 20, 2015December 20, 2015December 31, 2016Fifth Broadway revival
Miss Saigon March 1, 2017March 23, 2017January 14, 2018Limited engagement; first Broadway revival
RocktopiaN/AMarch 20, 2018April 29, 2018Limited engagement
King Kong October 5, 2018November 8, 2018August 18, 2019
West Side Story December 10, 2019February 20, 2020March 12, 2020 (temporarily until further notice due to the COVID-19 pandemic)Broadway revival

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