Friday, July 30, 2010

Fun Fact of the Day: Broadway Houses

The term "Broadway" is thrown around a lot to stand for anything from generic theatre to a street in New York City. So I thought I would give an explanation of what the word actually means. Broadway is indeed a street that runs through Manhattan, but it is also used to refer to a New York City house that seats over 500. There are 39 of these "Broadway Theatres" in Manhattan's theatre district and 1 slightly uptown at Lincoln Center. A house with less than 500 seats is considered Off-Broadway, 100 or less is considered Off-Off-Broadway, and so on and so forth.

The following is a list of the 40 Broadway Theatres with their currently running or upcoming shows listed by capacity:

Gershwin Theatre (Wicked) 1933
Hilton Theatre (Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark *opening TBD) 1813
New Amsterdam Theatre (Mary Poppins)1801
Palace Theatre (West Side Story) 1784
Broadway Theatre (Promises, Promises)1752
Minskoff Theatre (The Lion King) 1710
Majestic Theatre (The Phantom of the Opera) 1655
St. James Theatre (American Idiot) 1623
Marquis Theatre (Come Fly Away) 1604
Shubert Theatre (Memphis) 1521
Winter Garden Theatre (Mamma Mia!) 1513
Al Hirschfeld Theatre (Elf *opens 11/10/2010) 1437
Imperial Theatre (Billy Elliot) 1421
Richard Rogers Theatre (In The Heights) 1368
Neil Simon Theatre (Harry Connick Jr. Live) 1297
August Wilson Theatre (Jersey Boys) 1275
Nederlander Theatre (Million Dollar Quartet) 1217
Broadhurst Theatre (The Merchant of Venice *opens 11/19/2010)1186
Ambassador Theatre (Chicago) 1125
Eugene O'Neill Theatre (Fela!) 1108
Ethel Barrymore Theatre (Race) 1096
Longacre Theatre (La Cage aux Folles) 1096
Cort Theatre (Time Stands Still *reopens 10/7/2010) 1084
Vivian Beaumont Theatre (South Pacific) 1080
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (A Life in the Theatre *opens 10/12/2010) 1079
Bernard B. Jacobs (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson *opens 9/21/2010) 1078
Stephen Sondheim Theatre (The Pee-wee Herman Show *opens 11/11/2010) 1055
Brooks Atkinson Theatre (Rock of Ages) 1044
Belasco Theatre (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown *opens11/4/2010) 1018
Music Box Theatre (Lend Me A Tenor) 1010
Walter Kerr Theatre (A Little Night Music) 947
Lyceum Theatre (The Scottsboro Boys *opens 10/31/2010) 924
Studio 54 (Brief Encounter *opens 9/28/2010) 920
John Golden Theatre (Driving Miss Daisy *opens 10/25/2010) 805
Booth Theatre (Next to Normal) 785
American Airlines Theatre (Mrs. Warren's Profession *opens 10/3/2010) 740
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre (Pittmen Painters 9/30/2010) 650
Circle in the Square Theatre (Lombardi *opens 10/21/2010) 623
Helen Hayes Theatre (*no production currently running or planned) 597

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