Broadhurst Theatre, New York City

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The Broadhurst Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 235 West 44th Street in Midtown Manhattan.
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 Majestic, 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
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.
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  • Pretty (old) theatre with cramped leg room. I think the main reason to pay for expensive tickets to go to this theatre or that theatre is if there is a show worth seeing. I definitely enjoyed Jagged.....  more »
  • My only complaint was with the bathrooms. There was a sign indicating that the bathrooms are "gender neutral'. While there is normally a very long line at the Ladies bathroom , and a shorter line at....  more »
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  • Anastasia was great! I finally won lottery tickets (after entering 169 times) and they were $42. The seats weren't great, but I still loved the show. The stage set was beautiful, and the train scene as well as going up the elevator in the Eiffel Tower was really amazing. They did a really good job with the screen in the back to make everything realistic. The circular rotating stages to change the set was super cool too. The songs were good and the actresses/actors were great too. I enjoyed the ballet scene too. All in all a really happy show, one that's worth seeing for sure!
  • The sets were brilliantly designed with a good mix of digital scenery and cool props. The cast did a wonderful job! The staff members were helpful and pleasant. My only complaint about this theater is that the seats themselves are a bit small and uncomfortable.

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