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Ambassador Theatre

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About Ambassador Theatre

The Ambassador Theatre on 49th Street was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp to fit a small plot of land for the Shubert brothers. The auditorium is shaped like a hexagon and is situated diagonally to accommodate the maximum amount of seating. Similar to other theaters built by Krapp — he designed 15 Broadway houses in total — the interior of the Ambassador features Adam-Style plasterwork on the ceiling, box seats, and doorways. Like many other Broadway houses in the 1930s, the Ambassador Theatre was turned into both a moviehouse and a radio and television station after the Great Depression hit. It was reopened as a legitimate theater in 1956 by the Shubert organization, and has presented a number of both plays and musicals in the past six decades.
  • Fun Facts About the Ambassador Theatre
  • Lighting designer Jules Fischer introduced moving lights, an innovative design at the time, in “Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk” at the Ambassador Theatre in 1996.
  • The original Broadway production of “Godspell” transferred to the Ambassador Theatre in 1977 after being housed at both the Plymouth Theatre and also the Broadhurst Theatre.
  • The stage has limited wing space because of the theater auditorium’s diagonal design.
Notable Shows and Performances: The Broadway revival of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” starring Kristin Chenoweth opened at the Ambassador Theatre in 1999. The Broadway revival of “Chicago,” which is currently still running at the Ambassador, began in 2003.
New York, NY 10036
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