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Ambassador Theatre


219 W. 49th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1125

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Shuberts, who sold it in 1935. Combined legit theatre, radio, and television from 1935 until 1956, when the Shuberts re-bought it for legit use.

To learn more about the history of the Ambassador Theatre, see historical information provided by the Shubert Organization and Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Ambassador Theatre.

Built: 1921   

Theatre Names Named
Ambassador Theatre 1980 (2)     
New Ambassador Theatre 1980 (1)     Renamed after renovation
Ambassador Theatre 1921     Opened February 11, 1921
ProductionsProduction Dates
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jan 29, 2003 - Present
Topdog / Underdog
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Suzan-Lori Parks
Apr 07, 2002 - Aug 11, 2002
Hedda Gabler
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Oct 04, 2001 - Jan 13, 2002
A Class Act
Musical, Original
Music by Edward Kleban; Book by Lonny Price, Linda Kline; Lyrics by Edward Kleban
Mar 11, 2001 - Jun 10, 2001
The Ride Down Mt. Morgan
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
Apr 09, 2000 - Jul 23, 2000
It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 07, 1999 - Jan 09, 2000
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Clark Gesner; Book by Clark Gesner; Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Feb 04, 1999 - Jun 13, 1999
Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk
Musical, Original, Dance
Apr 25, 1996 - Jan 10, 1999
Fool Moon
Special, Original, Comedy
Oct 29, 1995 - Jan 07, 1996
Buttons On Broadway
Special, Original, Solo, Stand-up
Jun 08, 1995 - Jul 16, 1995
The Circle
Play, Revival, Romantic Comedy
Nov 20, 1989 - May 20, 1990
Ain't Misbehavin'
Musical, Revival, Revue
Aug 15, 1988 - Jan 15, 1989
Oba Oba
Special, Original, Revue
Mar 29, 1988 - May 08, 1988
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Jun 28, 1987 - Nov 29, 1987
Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre
Special, Original, Concert
Apr 15, 1987 - Apr 26, 1987
Leader of the Pack
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Ellie Greenwich; Liner Notes by Anne Beatts; Lyrics by Ellie Greenwich
Apr 08, 1985 - Jul 21, 1985
A View From the Bridge
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Arthur Miller
Feb 03, 1983 - Jun 12, 1983
Herman Van Veen: All of Him
Special, Original, Solo
Dec 08, 1982 - Dec 12, 1982
Dancin'
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 30, 1980 - Jun 27, 1982
Division Street
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Steve Tesich
Oct 08, 1980 - Oct 25, 1980
Your Arms Too Short to Box With God
Musical, Revival
Music by Alex Bradford; Lyrics by Alex Bradford
Jun 02, 1980 - Sep 07, 1980
New Ambassador Theatre
Goodbye Fidel
Play, Original
Written by Howard Sackler
Apr 23, 1980 - Apr 26, 1980
Ambassador Theatre
Eubie!
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 20, 1978 - Oct 07, 1979
Same Time, Next Year
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Bernard Slade
May 16, 1978 - Sep 03, 1978
The Mighty Gents
Play, Original
Written by Richard Wesley
Apr 16, 1978 - Apr 23, 1978
Miss Margarida's Way
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Roberto Athayde
Sep 27, 1977 - Jan 01, 1978
Godspell
Musical, Original
Music by Stephen Schwartz; New lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Jan 12, 1977 - Sep 04, 1977
I Have a Dream
Play, Original
Sep 20, 1976 - Dec 05, 1976
Des Journees Entieres Dans le Arbres
Play, Original
Written by Marguerite Duras
May 06, 1976 - May 15, 1976
The Poison Tree
Play, Original
Written by Ronald Ribman
Jan 08, 1976 - Jan 11, 1976
Me and Bessie
Musical, Original
Oct 22, 1975 - Nov 29, 1975
We Interrupt This Program...
Play, Original, Mystery, Thriller
Written by Norman Krasna
Apr 01, 1975 - Apr 05, 1975
Scapino
Play, Revival, Comedy
Adapted from the 1671 Commedia dell'Arte play "Les Fourberies de Scapin" by Molière
Sep 27, 1974 - Mar 02, 1975
Warp
Play, Original
Feb 14, 1973 - Feb 18, 1973
The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Paul Zindel
Nov 14, 1972 - Dec 02, 1972
Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
Musical, Original
Nov 17, 1971 - Jul 30, 1972
Ovid's Metamorphoses
Play, Original, Play with music
Apr 22, 1971 - Jul 03, 1971
Paul Sills' Story Theatre
Play, Original, Play with music
Oct 26, 1970 - Jul 03, 1971
The Boy Friend
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Sandy Wilson; Book by Sandy Wilson; Lyrics by Sandy Wilson
Apr 14, 1970 - Jul 18, 1970
Celebration
Musical, Original
Music by Harvey Schmidt; Book by Tom Jones; Lyrics by Tom Jones
Jan 22, 1969 - Apr 26, 1969
We Bombed in New Haven
Play, Original, Satire
Written by Joseph Heller
Oct 16, 1968 - Dec 29, 1968
I'll Be Home For Christmas
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Mar 13, 1967 - Jun 02, 1968
I'm Herbert
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Mar 13, 1967 - Jun 02, 1968
The Footsteps of Doves
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Mar 13, 1967 - Jun 02, 1968
The Shock of Recognition
Play, Original, One Act
Written by Robert Anderson
Mar 13, 1967 - Jun 02, 1968
The Investigation
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Peter Weiss
Oct 04, 1966 - Dec 31, 1966
The Lion in Winter
Play, Original
Written by James Goldman
Mar 03, 1966 - May 21, 1966
The World of Charles Aznavour
Special, Original, Solo, Concert
Music by Charles Aznavour; Written by Charles Aznavour
Oct 14, 1965 - Nov 06, 1965
Absence of a Cello
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Ira Wallach
Sep 21, 1964 - Jan 04, 1965
Stop the World - I Want to Get Off
Musical, Original
Sep 09, 1963 - Feb 01, 1964
Calculated Risk
Play, Original, Mystery
Written by Joseph Hayes
Oct 31, 1962 - May 11, 1963
A Passage to India
Play, Original
Written by Santha Rama Rau
Jan 31, 1962 - May 05, 1962
Something About a Soldier
Play, Original
Written by Ernest Kinoy
Jan 04, 1962 - Jan 13, 1962
Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole
Play, Original
Dec 09, 1961 - Dec 16, 1961
The Tenth Man
Play, Original
Written by Paddy Chayefsky
Jan 23, 1961 - May 13, 1961
The 49th Cousin
Play, Original
Oct 27, 1960 - Jan 21, 1961
One More River
Play, Original
Written by Beverley Cross
Mar 18, 1960 - Mar 19, 1960
The Long Dream
Play, Original
Written by Ketti Frings
Feb 17, 1960 - Feb 20, 1960
Cut of the Axe
Play, Original
Written by Sheppard Kerman
Feb 01, 1960 - Feb 02, 1960
The Gang's All Here
Play, Original
Oct 01, 1959 - Jan 23, 1960
Kataki
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 09, 1959 - Apr 25, 1959
Third Best Sport
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 30, 1958 - Mar 07, 1959
Comes a Day
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Speed Lamkin
Nov 06, 1958 - Nov 29, 1958
Back to Methuselah
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 26, 1958 - Apr 19, 1958
Compulsion
Play, Original
Oct 24, 1957 - Feb 22, 1958
The Diary of Anne Frank
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 26, 1957 - Jun 22, 1957
Eugenia
Play, Original
Written by Randolph Carter
Jan 30, 1957 - Feb 09, 1957
Protective Custody
Play, Original
Dec 28, 1956 - Dec 29, 1956
The Loud Red Patrick
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by John Boruff
Oct 03, 1956 - Dec 22, 1956
School for Brides
Play, Original
Oct 03, 1944 - Jun 23, 1945
Down to Miami
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 11, 1944 - Sep 16, 1944
Decision
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Edward Chodorov
Mar 28, 1944 - Jun 17, 1944
The Yeomen of the Guard
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Mar 03, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Ruddigore
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Mar 02, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Patience
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 25, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Iolanthe
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 22, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
The Gondoliers
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 21, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Cox and Box
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Book by F.C. Burnand; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 17, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
The Pirates of Penzance
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Book by F.C. Burnand; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 17, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
H.M.S. Pinafore
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 14, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Trial by Jury
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 14, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
The Mikado
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 11, 1944 - Mar 26, 1944
Victory Belles
Play, Original
Dec 05, 1943 - Jan 22, 1944
Lady, Behave!
Play, Original
Nov 21, 1943 - Dec 04, 1943
Laugh Time
Musical, Original, Vaudeville
Oct 17, 1943 - Nov 20, 1943
Blossom Time
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music adapted and augmented from the melodies of: Franz Schubert; Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Dorothy Donnelly; Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
Sep 04, 1943 - Oct 09, 1943
Wine, Women and Song
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 28, 1942 - Dec 03, 1942
Cuckoos on the Hearth
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 18, 1941 - Jan 03, 1942
The Straw Hat Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 29, 1939 - Dec 02, 1939
You Can't Take It With You
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Oct 31, 1938 - Dec 03, 1938
Drama at Inish
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Lennox Robinson
Dec 13, 1937 - Dec 1937
Juno and the Paycock
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by Sean O'Casey
Dec 06, 1937 - Dec 1937
The New Gossoon
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by George Shiels
Nov 29, 1937 - Dec 1937
In a Train
Play, Original, One Act
Nov 20, 1937 - Nov 1937
The Playboy of the Western World
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 20, 1937 - Nov 1937
The Far-off Hills
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Lennox Robinson
Oct 11, 1937 - Nov 1937
The Plough and the Stars
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by Sean O'Casey
Oct 07, 1937 - Oct 1937
Katie Roche
Play, Original
Written by Teresa Deevy
Oct 02, 1937 - Oct 1937
Todo Un Hombre
Play, Original
Written by Miguel Unamuno
Apr 18, 1937 - Closing date unknown
Amor
Play, Original
Written by Homer Vianna
Apr 18, 1937 - Closing date unknown
Terra Baja
Play, Original
Written by Gulmera
Apr 18, 1937 - Closing date unknown
Cuando Los Hijos de Eva no son Lo Hijos de Adan
Play, Original
Apr 18, 1937 - Closing date unknown
Stork Mad
Play, Original, Farce
Sep 30, 1936 - Oct 1936
Night of January 16
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Ayn Rand
Sep 16, 1935 - Apr 1936
Post Road
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 08, 1935 - Jun 1935
A Lady Detained
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 09, 1935 - Jan 1935
Are You Decent
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Crane Wilbur
Apr 19, 1934 - Sep 1934
The Perfumed Lady
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 12, 1934 - Apr 1934
Biography
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by S. N. Behrman
Feb 05, 1934 - Feb 1934
The Locked Room
Play, Original, Melodrama
Dec 25, 1933 - Jan 1934
Growing Pains
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Aurania Rouverol
Nov 23, 1933 - Dec 1933
Under Glass
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 30, 1933 - Nov 1933
June Moon
Play, Revival, Comedy
Music by Ring Lardner; Written by Ring Lardner, George S. Kaufman; Lyrics by Ring Lardner
May 15, 1933 - Jun 1933
Springtime for Henry
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Benn W. Levy
May 01, 1933 - May 1933
Young Sinners
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Elmer Harris
Mar 06, 1933 - May 1933
The Silent House
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Nov 08, 1932 - Nov 1932
Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book
Musical, Original, Revue, Vaudeville
Sketched by Chamberlain Brown
Aug 01, 1932 - Aug 08, 1932
Intimate Relations
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Earle Crooker
Mar 28, 1932 - Apr 1932
New Chauve-Souris
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 21, 1931 - Nov 1931
If I Were You
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Sholom Aleichem
Sep 23, 1931 - Nov 1931
Blossom Time
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Mar 04, 1931 - Mar 1931
Death Takes a Holiday
Play, Revival, Drama, Fantasy
Written by Alberto Casella
Feb 16, 1931 - Mar 1931
King Lear
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Dec 1930
Hamlet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
Julius Caesar
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
Macbeth
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
As You Like It
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
King Richard III
Play, Revival, History
Dec 25, 1930 - Closing date unknown
Sweet Chariot
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Robert Wilder
Oct 23, 1930 - Oct 1930
The Humbug
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Max Marcin
Nov 27, 1929 - Dec 1929
Stripped
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jane Murfin
Oct 21, 1929 - Nov 1929
A Strong Man's House
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Lee Wilson Dodd
Sep 16, 1929 - Oct 1929
A Comedy of Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Leo De Valery
Sep 13, 1929 - Oct 1929
Lady Dedlock
Play, Original, Romance, Melodrama
Written by Paul Kester
Dec 31, 1928 - Feb 1929
Angela
Musical, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Dec 03, 1928 - Jan 07, 1929
Redemption
Play, Revival
Nov 19, 1928 - Dec 1928
Just a Minute
Musical, Original, Vaudeville
Music by Harry Archer; Book by H. C. Greene; Lyrics by Walter O'Keefe
Oct 08, 1928 - Nov 17, 1928
Fast Life
Play, Original, Melodrama
Sep 26, 1928 - Oct 1928
The Money Lender
Play, Original
Written by Roy Horniman
Aug 27, 1928 - Sep 1928
The Outsider
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Dorothy Brandon
Apr 09, 1928 - May 1928
The Great Necker
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Elmer Harris
Mar 06, 1928 - Apr 1928
The Racket
Play, Original
Written by Bartlett Cormack
Nov 22, 1927 - Mar 1928
The Matrimonial Bed
Play, Original
Written by Seymour Hicks
Oct 12, 1927 - Oct 1927
Queen High
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 1926 - Jul 23, 1927
No More Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 03, 1926 - Aug 1926
The Great Gatsby
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Owen Davis
Feb 02, 1926 - May 1926
Applesauce
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Barry Conners
Sep 28, 1925 - Dec 1925
The Virgin of Bethulia
Play, Original
Written by Gladys Unger
Feb 23, 1925 - Mar 1925
Bluffing Bluffers
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 22, 1924 - Jan 1925
Princess April
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 01, 1924 - Dec 20, 1924
The Dream Girl
Musical, Original, Play
Aug 20, 1924 - Nov 29, 1924
A Love Scandal
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 1923 - Dec 1923
Steadfast
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 29, 1923 - Nov 1923
The Newcomers
Musical, Original, Revue
Aug 08, 1923 - Aug 1923
Caroline
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Music by Edward Rideamus; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Jan 31, 1923 - Jun 09, 1923
The Lady in Ermine
Musical, Original
Oct 02, 1922 - Jan 1923
Blossom Time
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Aug 07, 1922 - Oct 1922
Blossom Time
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Sep 29, 1921 - Jul 01, 1922
Biff! Bing! Bang!
Musical, Original, Revue
Sketches by: Jack McLaren
May 09, 1921 - Jul 09, 1921
The Rose Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 11, 1921 - May 07, 1921
Special EventsProduction Dates
The Visit
Special, Original, Benefit
Music by John Kander; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Nov 30, 2011 - Nov 30, 2011
Passion
Special, Revival, Benefit, Concert
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Oct 20, 2004 - Oct 20, 2004