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Imperial Theatre


249 W. 45th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1435

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Shuberts to replace their out of date Lyric Theatre. From 1938 to 1968, only two productions played fewer than three hundred performances. Most often home to musicals.

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

Built: 1923   

Theatre Names Named
Imperial Theatre 1923     Opened December 25, 1923
ProductionsProduction Dates
Les Misérables
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 23, 2014 - Present
700 Sundays
Play, Original, Solo
Written by Billy Crystal
Nov 13, 2013 - Jan 05, 2014
Nice Work If You Can Get It
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by George Gershwin; Book by Joe DiPietro; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Apr 24, 2012 - Jun 15, 2013
Billy Elliot: The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Elton John; Book by Lee Hall; Lyrics by Lee Hall
Nov 13, 2008 - Jan 08, 2012
August: Osage County
Play, Original
Written by Tracy Letts
Dec 04, 2007 - Apr 20, 2008
Coram Boy
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
May 02, 2007 - May 27, 2007
High Fidelity
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Tom Kitt; Book by David Lindsay-Abaire; Lyrics by Amanda Green
Dec 07, 2006 - Dec 17, 2006
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Jeffrey Lane; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Mar 03, 2005 - Sep 03, 2006
The Boy From Oz
Musical, Original
Music by Peter Allen; Book by Martin Sherman; Lyrics by Peter Allen
Oct 16, 2003 - Sep 12, 2004
Les Misérables
Musical, Original, Drama
Oct 17, 1990 - May 18, 2003
Jerome Robbins' Broadway
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Feb 26, 1989 - Sep 01, 1990
Chess
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 28, 1988 - Jun 25, 1988
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 22, 1987 - Feb 07, 1988
The Mystery of Edwin Drood
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Rupert Holmes; Book by Rupert Holmes; Lyrics by Rupert Holmes
Dec 02, 1985 - May 16, 1987
Dreamgirls
Musical, Original
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Dec 20, 1981 - Aug 11, 1985
They're Playing Our Song
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Music by Marvin Hamlisch; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Carole Bayer Sager
Feb 11, 1979 - Sep 06, 1981
Chapter Two
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Dec 04, 1977 - Jan 16, 1979
Comedy With Music
Special, Original, Comedy
Oct 03, 1977 - Nov 27, 1977
Anna Christie
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Apr 14, 1977 - Jul 30, 1977
Mark Twain Tonight!
Play, Original, Solo
Mar 14, 1977 - Mar 26, 1977
Pippin
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Stephen Schwartz; (Uncredited) Book by Bob Fosse; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Oct 23, 1972 - Mar 13, 1977
Lost in the Stars
Musical, Revival, Tragedy
Music by Kurt Weill; Book by Maxwell Anderson; Lyrics by Maxwell Anderson
Apr 18, 1972 - May 21, 1972
On the Town
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Oct 31, 1971 - Jan 01, 1972
Two By Two
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Nov 10, 1970 - Sep 11, 1971
Minnie's Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Larry Grossman; Book by Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher; Lyrics by Hal Hackady
Mar 26, 1970 - May 30, 1970
A Patriot for Me
Play, Original, Drama
Written by John Osborne
Oct 06, 1969 - Nov 15, 1969
Zorba
Musical, Original
Music by John Kander; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Nov 16, 1968 - Aug 09, 1969
Cabaret
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Mar 07, 1967 - Oct 02, 1968
Fiddler on the Roof
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Sep 22, 1964 - Feb 25, 1967
Oliver!
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Lionel Bart; Book by Lionel Bart; Lyrics by Lionel Bart
Jan 06, 1963 - Sep 12, 1964
Carnival!
Musical, Original, Puppets
Music by Bob Merrill; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Apr 13, 1961 - Dec 15, 1962
Gypsy
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Aug 15, 1960 - Mar 25, 1961
Destry Rides Again
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 23, 1959 - Jun 18, 1960
Jamaica
Musical, Original
Music by Harold Arlen; Book by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Oct 31, 1957 - Apr 11, 1959
The Most Happy Fella
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
May 03, 1956 - Oct 19, 1957
Silk Stockings
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 24, 1955 - Apr 14, 1956
By the Beautiful Sea
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 02, 1954 - Nov 27, 1954
John Murray Anderson's Almanac
Musical, Original, Revue
Dec 10, 1953 - Jun 26, 1954
Wish You Were Here
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 25, 1952 - Nov 28, 1953
Call Me Madam
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 12, 1950 - May 03, 1952
Peter Pan
Play, Revival
Written by James M. Barrie
Apr 24, 1950 - Sep 30, 1950
Miss Liberty
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Robert E. Sherwood; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Jul 15, 1949 - Apr 08, 1950
Along Fifth Avenue
Musical, Original, Revue
Additional music by Milton Pascal, Richard Stutz, Nat Hiken; Music by Gordon Jenkins; Sketches by Charles Sherman, Nat Hiken; Additional lyrics by Milton Pascal, Richard Stutz, Nat Hiken; Lyrics by Tom Adair
Feb 21, 1949 - Jun 18, 1949
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 16, 1946 - Feb 12, 1949
Song of Norway
Musical, Original, Operetta
Musical Adaptation by George Forrest, Robert Wright; Book by Milton Lazarus; Lyrics by George Forrest, Robert Wright
Aug 21, 1944 - Apr 13, 1946
Ziegfeld Follies of 1943
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Ray Henderson; Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Jan 25, 1944 - Jul 22, 1944
One Touch of Venus
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Kurt Weill; Book by Ogden Nash, S. J. Perelman; Lyrics by Ogden Nash
Oct 07, 1943 - Jan 24, 1944
Rosalinda
Musical, Original, Operetta
Lyrics by Paul Kerby
May 24, 1943 - Oct 02, 1943
Let's Face It!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 29, 1941 - Mar 20, 1943
Louisiana Purchase
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Morrie Ryskind; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
May 28, 1940 - Jun 14, 1941
Too Many Girls
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book by George Marion, Jr.; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Oct 18, 1939 - Closing date unknown
Leave It to Me!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Nov 09, 1938 - Jul 15, 1939
You Can't Take It With You
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Sep 19, 1938 - Oct 30, 1938
Between the Devil
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Arthur Schwartz; Book by Howard Dietz; Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Dec 22, 1937 - Mar 12, 1938
Orchids Preferred
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Dave Stamper
May 11, 1937 - May 15, 1937
Frederika
Musical, Original, Operetta
Music by Franz Lehár; Written by Franz Lehár; Lyrics by Edward Eliscu; Original German Libretto to "Frederike" by Fritz Löhner-Beda, Ludwig Herzer
Feb 04, 1937 - May 01, 1937
Hamlet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Nov 10, 1936 - Closing date unknown
On Your Toes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 11, 1936 - Nov 1936
Jubilee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Moss Hart; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Oct 12, 1935 - Mar 07, 1936
Panic
Play, Original, Tragedy
Mar 14, 1935 - Mar 15, 1935
Nowhere Bound
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Leo Birinski
Jan 22, 1935 - Feb 1935
Say When
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Ray Henderson; Book by Jack McGowan; Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Nov 08, 1934 - Jan 12, 1935
Saluta
Musical, Original, Comedy, Satire
Music by Frank D'Armond; Lyrics by Milton Berle
Aug 28, 1934 - Sep 29, 1934
All the King's Horses
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Feb 19, 1934 - May 12, 1934
Let 'Em Eat Cake
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 21, 1933 - Jan 06, 1934
Of Thee I Sing
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 15, 1933 - Jun 10, 1933
Flying Colors
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 15, 1932 - Jan 25, 1933
The Laugh Parade
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Ed Preble, Ed Wynn; Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Nov 02, 1931 - May 21, 1932
Meet My Sister
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 06, 1931 - May 21, 1931
The Gang's All Here
Musical, Original, Comedy, Revue
Feb 18, 1931 - Mar 09, 1931
Babes in Toyland
Musical, Revival, Extravaganza
Dec 20, 1930 - Jan 1931
Princess Charming
Musical, Original, Operetta, Romance
Oct 13, 1930 - Nov 29, 1930
Sons O' Guns
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 26, 1929 - Aug 09, 1930
The New Moon
Musical, Original, Romance
Sep 19, 1928 - Nov 1929
Sunny Days
Musical, Original, Comedy
Feb 08, 1928 - May 05, 1928
The Desert Song
Musical, Original, Operetta
Nov 02, 1927 - Jan 07, 1928
Oh, Kay!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1926 - Jun 1927
Deep River
Musical, Original, Opera
Oct 04, 1926 - Oct 30, 1926
The Merry World
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 08, 1926 - Aug 1926
Sweetheart Time
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 19, 1926 - May 22, 1926
Rose-Marie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Sep 02, 1924 - Jan 16, 1926
Sitting Pretty
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 09, 1924 - Jun 28, 1924
Peg-O'-My-Dreams
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Hugo Felix; Book by J. Hartley Manners; Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
May 19, 1924 - May 31, 1924
The Lower Depths
Play, Revival
Written by Maxim Gorky
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Mistress of the Inn
Play, Original
Written by Carlo Goldoni
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Ivanov
Play, Revival
Written by Anton Chekhov
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
In the Claws of Life
Play, Original
Written by Knut Hamsun
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
An Enemy of the People
Play, Revival
Written by Henrik Ibsen
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
Play, Original
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Uncle Vanya
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Death of Pazukhin
Play, Original
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Tsar Fyodor Ivanovitch
Play, Revival
Written by Aleksei Tolstoy
May 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Brothers Karamazoff
Play, Original
May 1924 - Closing date unknown
Mary Jane McKane
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 25, 1923 - May 03, 1924
Special EventsProduction Dates
A Gala Tribute to Joshua Logan
Special, Original, Benefit, Tribute
Mar 09, 1975 - Mar 09, 1975
A Celebration of Richard Rodgers
Special, Original, Benefit
Mar 26, 1972 - Closing date unknown
Gratefully Yours
Special, Original, Benefit
Apr 07, 1942 - Apr 12, 1942