Broadhurst Theatre

The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan.[1]

Broadhurst Theatre
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Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune playing in the theater, July 2019
Address235 West 44th Street
New York City
United States
Coordinates40°45′29″N 73°59′15″W / 40.758146°N 73.987636°W / 40.758146; -73.987636Coordinates: 40°45′29″N 73°59′15″W / 40.758146°N 73.987636°W / 40.758146; -73.987636
OwnerThe Shubert Organization
DesignationBroadway theatre
ProductionJagged Little Pill
OpenedSeptember 27, 1917
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp

It was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, a well-known theatre designer who had been working directly with the Shubert brothers; the Broadhurst opened September 27, 1917. Built back-to-back with the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, it was meant to resemble the style of the neighboring Shubert and Booth theaters designed by Henry B. Herts, using less expensive brick and terra cotta materials on the discreetly neoclassical façades.[not verified in body]

It was named after George Howells Broadhurst, an Anglo-American dramatist who came to America in 1886. In addition to writing plays, he managed theaters in Milwaukee, Baltimore, and San Francisco before he decided to open his own in association with the Shubert brothers. The theatre was constructed to house both musicals and plays, which it has done successfully for more than a century. It has been designated a New York City landmark.


The Broadhurst opened on September 27, 1917 with George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance, the first New York production of the philosophical 1910 comedy. It ran for only 52 performances and was not performed on Broadway again until 1953.

Recent tenants include Les Misérables, which in October 2006 began an intended six-month-long return engagement that finally closed in January 2008; and 2008 revivals of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, with an all-African American cast including Terrence Howard, Anika Noni Rose, James Earl Jones, and Phylicia Rashad, and Equus, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Richard Griffiths. The theatre is also notable for hosting Jerry Seinfeld's final performance of his original stand up material, which was filmed for an HBO special shortly after the finale of his long-running sitcom.

Interior Panorama of Broadhurst Theatre. View from stage right, Box C.

The theatre was closed on March 12, 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] It reopened on October 21, 2021, with performances of Jagged Little Pill.[3][4]

Other notable productionsEdit

George Bernard Shaw's Misalliance at the Broadhurst Theatre (1917)
The Streets of Paris, premiered on June 19, 1939, at the Broadhurst Theatre, featuring Carmen Miranda to the American public.
The Broadhurst Theatre, 2007

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Broadhurst Theatre (Broadway)". Playbill.
  2. ^ Paulson, Michael (2020-03-12). "Broadway, Symbol of New York Resilience, Shuts Down Amid Virus Threat". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
  3. ^ "Jagged Little Pill Returns to Broadway October 21". Playbill. October 21, 2021. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
  4. ^ "Jagged Little Pill Resumes Broadway Performances". 2021-10-21. Retrieved 2021-10-22.
  5. ^ Abel (May 9, 1928). Legitimate: Plays on Broadway - HERE'S HOWE!. Variety. 91. p. 69.

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