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Broadway Theatre


1681 Broadway (W. 53rd St.), New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1761

Eugene DeRosa, architect. B.S. Moss opened the theatre as vaudeville-motion picture house. It became a legit house on December 8, 1930, and was renamed B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, taking the name of a theatre that had just been razed. Movies and vaudeville alternated throughout the 1930s, until the Shuberts bought it in 1939. They renovated it in 1939, 1956, and 1986. The large stage and seating capacity have made it a popular theatre for musicals through the years. The Broadway Theatre is best known by movie historians as the first theatre in which Cinerama--the trademarked name for a widescreen process--and its inaugural film "This Is Cinerama" played.

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

Built: 1924   

Theatre Names Named
Broadway Theatre 1939     premiered Disney's "Fantasia"
Cine Roma 1937     showed Italian films
B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre 1935     Oct 12, 1935 became movie house
Broadway Theatre 1933     Opened December 26, 1932, became vaudeville house
Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre 1932     Named for Earl Carroll, Reopened September 27, 1932
B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre 1930     Named for Benjamin S. Moss, Opened December 8, 1930
Universal's Colony Theatre 1926     Opened February 7, 1926
B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre 1924     Named for Benjamin S. Moss, Opened December 25, 1924
ProductionsProduction Dates
Doctor Zhivago
Musical, Original, Romance
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Michael Weller; Lyrics by Michael Korie, Amy Powers
Apr 21, 2015 -  
Rodgers + Hammerstein's Cinderella
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; New Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Original Book by Oscar Hammerstein II; Additional Lyrics by David Chase, Douglas Carter Beane; Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
Mar 03, 2013 - Jan 03, 2015
Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons On Broadway
Special, Original, Concert
Oct 19, 2012 - Oct 27, 2012
Sister Act
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 20, 2011 - Aug 26, 2012
Promises, Promises
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Burt Bacharach; Book by Neil Simon; Lyrics by Hal David
Apr 25, 2010 - Jan 02, 2011
Shrek The Musical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 14, 2008 - Jan 03, 2010
Cirque Dreams
Special, Original, Circus
Music by Jill Winters; Lyrics by Jill Winters
Jun 26, 2008 - Aug 24, 2008
The Color Purple
Musical, Original, Drama
Dec 01, 2005 - Feb 24, 2008
Bombay Dreams
Musical, Original
Music by A.R. Rahman; Book by Meera Syal, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Don Black
Apr 29, 2004 - Jan 01, 2005
Sexaholix
Play, Original, Solo, Comedy
Written by John Leguizamo
Nov 11, 2003 - Dec 07, 2003
La Bohème
Musical, Revival, Opera, Drama, Tragedy
Dec 08, 2002 - Jun 29, 2003
Robin Williams: Live on Broadway
Special, Original, Stand-up, Comedy
Jul 11, 2002 - Jul 14, 2002
Blast!
Musical, Original, Concert
Apr 17, 2001 - Sep 23, 2001
Miss Saigon
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 11, 1991 - Jan 28, 2001
Les Misérables
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 12, 1987 - Oct 14, 1990
Costello Sings Again
Special, Original, Concert
Oct 21, 1986 - Oct 25, 1986
Big Deal
Musical, Original, Dance
Book by Bob Fosse
Apr 10, 1986 - Jun 08, 1986
The King and I
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Jan 07, 1985 - Jun 30, 1985
The Three Musketeers
Musical, Revival
Nov 11, 1984 - Nov 18, 1984
Zorba
Musical, Revival
Music by John Kander; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 16, 1983 - Sep 02, 1984
Evita
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Book by Tim Rice; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Sep 25, 1979 - Jun 26, 1983
Saravá
Musical, Original
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by N. Richard Nash; Lyrics by N. Richard Nash
Mar 06, 1979 - Jun 17, 1979
The Wiz
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
May 25, 1977 - Jan 28, 1979
Nana Mouskouri on Broadway
Special, Original
Apr 26, 1977 - May 01, 1977
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy, All Black Cast
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Jul 21, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977
Candide
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Lyrics by Richard Wilbur
Mar 10, 1974 - Jan 04, 1976
Dude
Musical, Original
Music by Galt MacDermot; Book by Gerome Ragni; Lyrics by Gerome Ragni
Oct 09, 1972 - Oct 21, 1972
Fiddler on the Roof
Musical, Original, Comedy, Drama
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Dec 16, 1970 - Jul 02, 1972
Purlie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 15, 1970 - Dec 15, 1970
Mame
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 06, 1969 - Jan 03, 1970
Cabaret
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 07, 1968 - Sep 06, 1969
The Happy Time
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by N. Richard Nash; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jan 18, 1968 - Sep 28, 1968
Funny Girl
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Isobel Lennart; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Nov 28, 1966 - Jul 01, 1967
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Sep 21, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966
A Time for Singing
Musical, Original
May 21, 1966 - Jun 25, 1966
The Devils
Play, Original, Drama
Written by John Whiting
Nov 16, 1965 - Jan 08, 1966
Baker Street
Musical, Original
Feb 16, 1965 - Oct 30, 1965
Zizi
Musical, Original, Revue, Dance
Nov 21, 1964 - Jan 02, 1965
Folies Bergère [1964]
Musical, Original, Revue
Jun 02, 1964 - Nov 14, 1964
The Girl Who Came to Supper
Musical, Original
Music by Noël Coward; Book by Harry Kurnitz; Lyrics by Noël Coward
Dec 08, 1963 - Mar 14, 1964
Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp
Special, Original, Puppets
Written by Nina Gernet
Oct 02, 1963 - Nov 30, 1963
An Unusual Concert
Special, Original, Puppets
Written by Nina Gernet
Oct 02, 1963 - Nov 30, 1963
Tovarich
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Lee Pockriss; Book by David Shaw; Lyrics by Anne Croswell
Mar 18, 1963 - Jun 08, 1963
I Can Get It for You Wholesale
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 01, 1962 - Dec 08, 1962
My Fair Lady
Musical, Original, Comedy, Romantic Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Apr 18, 1962 - Sep 29, 1962
Kean
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Nov 02, 1961 - Jan 20, 1962
Fiorello!
Musical, Original
May 09, 1961 - Oct 28, 1961
The Music Man
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 24, 1960 - Apr 15, 1961
Gypsy
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
May 21, 1959 - Jul 09, 1960
West Side Story
Musical, Original, Drama
Mar 02, 1959 - May 10, 1959
King Henry V
Play, Revival, History
Dec 25, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959
Hamlet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Dec 16, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959
Twelfth Night
Play, Revival, Comedy
Dec 09, 1958 - Jan 10, 1959
Beryozka Russian Dance Company
Special, Original, Dance
Nov 04, 1958 - Dec 06, 1958
Le Cid
Play, Original, Tragedy, Comedy
Written by Pierre Corneille
Oct 30, 1958 - Nov 01, 1958
Don Juan
Play, Original
Written by Molière
Oct 28, 1958 - Nov 02, 1958
Marie Tudor
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Victor Hugo
Oct 21, 1958 - Oct 26, 1958
Le Triomphe de l'Amour
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 16, 1958 - Oct 18, 1958
Lorenzaccio
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Alfred De Musset
Oct 14, 1958 - Oct 25, 1958
Ballet Español
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Oct 07, 1958 - Oct 12, 1958
Carmen
Special, Revival, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958
Contre-Pointe
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958
La Rose Des Vents
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958
La Dame Dans La Lune
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Apr 07, 1958 - May 03, 1958
The Body Beautiful
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 23, 1958 - Mar 15, 1958
The Most Happy Fella
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Frank Loesser; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Oct 21, 1957 - Dec 14, 1957
Shinbone Alley
Musical, Original
Music by George Kleinsinger; Book by Joe Darion, Mel Brooks; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Apr 13, 1957 - May 25, 1957
Mr. Wonderful
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1956 - Feb 23, 1957
The Azuma Kabuki Dancers and Musicians
Special, Revival, Dance, Kabuki, Sketches
Dec 26, 1955 - Jan 1956
Katherine Dunham and Her Company
Special, Revival, Dance
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 17, 1955
Carmen Amaya and Her Company
Special, Original, Dance
Nov 22, 1955 - Dec 11, 1955
Le Jeu de l'Amour et du Hasard
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Alfred De Musset
Nov 15, 1955 - Nov 20, 1955
Un Caprice
Play, Original, Comedy, One Act
Written by Alfred De Musset
Nov 15, 1955 - Nov 20, 1955
Arlequin Poli par l'Amour
Play, Original, Comedy, One Act
Nov 08, 1955 - Nov 13, 1955
Le Barbier de Seville
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1955 - Nov 13, 1955
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Play, Revival, Comedy, Ballet
Music by Lulli; Written by Molière
Oct 25, 1955 - Nov 07, 1955
Antonio
Special, Original, Ballet
Oct 02, 1955 - Closing date unknown
The Saint of Bleecker Street
Play, Original, Drama, Play with music
Dec 27, 1954 - Apr 02, 1955
Jose Greco
Special, Original
Apr 26, 1954 - May 08, 1954
Roland Petit's Les Ballets de Paris
Special, Revival
Jan 19, 1954 - Feb 28, 1954
South Pacific
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 29, 1953 - Jan 16, 1954
Shuffle Along [1952]
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Eubie Blake; Revised Book by Paul Gerard Smith; Lyrics by Noble Sissle
May 08, 1952 - May 10, 1952
Four Saints in Three Acts
Musical, Revival, Opera
Music by Virgil Thomson; Libretto by Gertrude Stein
Apr 16, 1952 - Apr 27, 1952
Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Jan 08, 1952 - Jan 13, 1952
Diamond Lil
Play, Revival, Comedy, Melodrama
Written by Mae West
Sep 14, 1951 - Nov 10, 1951
Oklahoma!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 29, 1951 - Jul 28, 1951
The Green Pastures
Play, Revival
Written by Marc Connelly
Mar 15, 1951 - Apr 21, 1951
Where's Charley?
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by George Abbott; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Jan 29, 1951 - Mar 10, 1951
Pardon Our French
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Victor Young; Book by Chic Johnson, Ole Olsen; Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Oct 05, 1950 - Jan 06, 1951
Katherine Dunham and Her Company
Special, Original, Dance
Apr 19, 1950 - May 20, 1950
Touch and Go
Musical, Original, Revue
Ballet music by Genevieve Pitot; Music by Jay Gorney; Sketches by Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr; Lyrics by Jean Kerr, Walter Kerr
Feb 27, 1950 - Mar 18, 1950
As the Girls Go
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book by William Roos; Lyrics by Harold Adamson
Sep 14, 1949 - Jan 14, 1950
Cabalgata
Special, Original, Revue
Music by Ramon Bastida
Jul 07, 1949 - Sep 10, 1949
High Button Shoes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Stephen Longstreet; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Oct 18, 1948 - Jul 02, 1949
Oedipus Rex
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by Sophocles
May 22, 1948 - May 27, 1948
The Golem
Play, Original
Written by H. Levik
May 15, 1948 - Jun 10, 1948
David's Crown
Play, Original
May 08, 1948 - May 13, 1948
The Dybbuk
Play, Revival
Written by S. Ansky
May 01, 1948 - Jun 03, 1948
The Cradle Will Rock
Musical, Revival
Music by Marc Blitzstein; Book by Marc Blitzstein; Lyrics by Marc Blitzstein
Jan 28, 1948 - Feb 07, 1948
Beggar's Holiday
Musical, Original
Music by Duke Ellington; Book by John La Touche; Lyrics by John La Touche
Dec 26, 1946 - Mar 29, 1947
A Flag Is Born
Play, Original
Written by Ben Hecht
Nov 18, 1946 - Dec 14, 1946
Interplay
Special, Revival, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946
Pillar of Fire
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946
Pas de Deux
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946
Fancy Free
Special, Original, Ballet, Dance
Sep 30, 1946 - Nov 09, 1946
Song of Norway
Musical, Original, Operetta
Musical Adaptation by George Forrest, Robert Wright; Book by Milton Lazarus; Lyrics by George Forrest, Robert Wright
Apr 15, 1946 - Sep 07, 1946
Up in Central Park
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 11, 1945 - Apr 13, 1946
Memphis Bound!
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 24, 1945 - Jun 09, 1945
The Tempest
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 19, 1945 - Apr 21, 1945
Carmen Jones
Musical, Original
Dec 02, 1943 - Feb 10, 1945
Artists and Models [1943]
Musical, Original, Revue
Nov 05, 1943 - Nov 27, 1943
The Student Prince
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Libretto by Dorothy Donnelly
Jun 08, 1943 - Oct 02, 1943
Lady in the Dark
Musical, Revival
Music by Kurt Weill; Book by Moss Hart; Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Feb 27, 1943 - May 15, 1943
My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 13, 1942 - Jan 16, 1943
La Vie Parisienne
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Music by Jacques Offenbach; Additional Dialogue by Frank Torloff, Leo Riskin; New Lyrics: Marion Farquhar
Nov 10, 1942 - Dec 07, 1942
Ballet Imperial
Special, Original
Nov 03, 1942 - Dec 02, 1942
The Fair at Sorochinsk
Special, Original
Nov 03, 1942 - Dec 02, 1942
This Is the Army
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Irving Berlin; Dialogue for Minstrel Show by: Pvt. Jack Mendelsohn, Pfc. Richard Burdick, Pvt. Tom McDonnell; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Jul 04, 1942 - Sep 26, 1942
Mamba's Daughters
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 23, 1940 - Apr 06, 1940
Too Many Girls
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book by George Marion, Jr.; Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
1940 - May 18, 1940
Folies Bergère [1939]
Musical, Original, Vaudeville, Revue
Dec 25, 1939 - Feb 11, 1940
Broadway Theatre
Broadway Sho-Window
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Gus Edwards; Sketches by Eugene Conrad; Lyrics by Eugene Conrad
Apr 12, 1936 - Apr 24, 1936
The O'Flynn
Musical, Original, Operetta
Dec 27, 1934 - Jan 04, 1935
Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre
Earl Carroll's Vanities [1932]
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Harold Arlen; Additional dialogue by Eugene Conrad; Book by Jack McGowan; Lyrics by Ted Koehler
Sep 27, 1932 - Dec 10, 1932
B.S. Moss's Broadway Theatre
Troilus and Cressida
Play, Original, Tragedy
Jun 06, 1932 - Jun 13, 1932
The New Yorkers
Musical, Original, Revue, Satire
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Herbert Fields; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Dec 08, 1930 - May 02, 1931
Special EventsProduction Dates
Into the Woods
Special, Revival, Benefit, Comedy, Concert
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by James Lapine; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Nov 09, 1997 - Nov 09, 1997
Together on Broadway (Mary Martin & Ethel Merman)
Special, Original, Benefit
May 15, 1977 - May 15, 1977