Friday, May 14, 2021

Broadway is in constant motion, improving from day to this day. And this is not only when it comes to shows, acting, and marketing. Despite not as common as the mentioned, new theaters join the ranks of the most prestigious stage in the world. Here are the newest theaters on Broadway 

Gershwin Theatre (1972)

The largest one takes the fifth spot on the list. The Gershwin is home to one of the blockbusters on Broadway – the enigmatic “Wicked” since its debut in 2003. During its time, the Gershwin has seen shows such as Oklahoma!, Meet Me in St. Louis; Fiddler on the Roof, and Riverdance. 

The Gershwin Theatre is named after George and Ira Gershwin – lyricists and composers. It is designed by designer Ralph Alswang in a modern Art Nouveau style and was considered an avant-garde state of the art at its time. It went under the name Uris Theater until 1983. 

Circle in the Square Theatre (1972)

Famous for its thrust stage that extends into the audience on three sides, the Circle in the Square was opened in 1972. It is situated in the Paramount Plaza Building and was founded by  Theodore Mann, José Quintero, Jason Wingreen, Aileen Cramer, and Emily Stevens who began its initial construction in 1951. It was designed by Alan Sayles with a strong vibe of the theatres of ancient Greece and Rome and is the only Broadway theatre that has a vomitorium, and a capacity of 840 seats.

The Circle in the Square currently hosts “American Buffalo”, but was also the home of Oklahoma!, In Transit, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

Minskoff Theatre (1973)

The Minskoff is the current home of the smash hit “The Lion King”, and one of the largest venues on Broadway with a capacity of 1710 seats. It was designed by architects Kahn and Jacobs, is on the third floor of One Astor Plaza. The venue carries the name of Sam Minskoff and his sons, who erected and owned the building. 

Amongst the most notable events, held in the Minskoff, are the 1981 Miss Universe, Joseph Papp’s The Pirates of Penzance, and the 1994 Sunset Boulevard. Then, in 2006 The Lion King moved in and the rest is history.

Marquis Theatre (1986)

Another large venue, the Marquis has a seating capacity of 1612 seats and is the second “youngest” active theater on Broadway. It was opened by several concerts by Shirley Bassey. It is currently owned by the Nederlander Organization. 

The Marquis is a popular and sought-after venue, featuring shows like Tootsie, Escape to Margaritaville; The Illusionists — Magic of the Holidays, Evita, and Jekyll & Hyde. The last show that was running was Once Upon a One More Time.

Lyric Theatre (1998)

Meet Broadway’s 90-s kid and the newest among the newest theaters on Broadway. The Lyric changed several names in its relatively short life up to now – the Foxwoods Theatre, the Hilton Theatre, and the Ford Center for the Performing Arts, it is currently named after the old Lyric Theater that was on the same sight. 

The building of the Lyric is owned by the New 42nd Street nonprofit organization since 1992, but in 2013 was purchased by the UK-based Ambassador Theatre Group for about  $60 million. 

Because of the large capacity – 1,622, the Lyric was home of some high-profile and commercially successful plays like Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, Young Frankenstein, On the Town. It is currently hosting Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Broadway is a dynamic place where processes are constantly in motion. There are always new plays, actor debuts, revivals, and returns. However, the opening of a new theater is an event on a different scale. And the fact that this happens rarely makes it even more special. It is a matter of time until a new venue opens and the newest theaters on Broadway won’t be that new. 

You’d better meet the oldest theaters on Broadway! And the biggest, too!

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