222 West 45th Street|
New York City, New York
|Owner||The Shubert Organization|
|Opened||October 16, 1913|
|Architect||Henry B. Herts|
Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style façade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays. It opened on October 16, 1913, with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.
The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first, Booth's Theatre, was originally owned by Edwin Booth, and built by the architectural partnership Renwick & Sands between 1867-69 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue (see picture, below).
The Booth Theatre appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus as venue for a fictitious charity performance of War of the Roses which President Jed Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef.
The box-office record was broken in 2013 by Bette Midler in I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers with a gross of $753,217 in just seven performances. Midler then broke her own record the week following with a gross of $865,144. The revival of The Elephant Man, starring Bradley Cooper, topped Midler's record by grossing $1,058,547 for an eight-performance week ending December 28, 2014.
- 1915: Our American Cousin
- 1936: You Can't Take It With You
- 1946: Swan Song
- 1969: Butterflies Are Free
- 1972: That Championship Season
- 1976: for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf
- 1979: The Elephant Man
- 1984: Sunday in the Park with George
- 1990: Once on This Island
- 1992: The Most Happy Fella
- 2000: The Search for Intelligent Life in the Universe
- 2002: I'm Not Rappaport
- 2005: The Pillowman
- 2009: Next to Normal
- 2011: High, Other Desert Cities
- 2012: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
- 2013: I'll Eat You Last: A Chat with Sue Mengers; The Glass Menagerie
- 2014: The Elephant Man
- 2015: Hand to God
- 2016: Hughie, An Act of God, Les Liaisons Dangereuses
- 2017: Significant Other; Meteor Shower
- 2018: The Boys in the Band; American Son
- 2019: Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus
- Lee, Stephen (May 15, 2002). "FootnoteTV®: The West Wing: Posse Comitatus". FootnoteTV. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved October 20, 2012.
- Geier, Thom (May 6, 2013). "Broadway box office: Despite Tony snub, Bette Midler sees a big boost in ticket sales". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved May 7, 2013.
- Hetrick, Adam; Purcell, Carey (November 17, 2014). "The Elephant Man, With Bradley Cooper, Breaks Box-Office Record". Playbill.