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About Gershwin Theatre

The Gershwin Theatre is the largest Broadway theater, fit for large-scale musical productions. The theater was built inside of a towering office complex and opened as the Uris Theatre in 1972. Its current namesake — honoring brothers George and Ira Gershwin, the composer and lyricist duo — was unveiled during the 1983 Tony Awards telecast at the theater. The Gershwin has a seating capacity of 1,933 seats and its stage features a 65-foot wide adjustable proscenium arch. Its cavernous auditorium has a state-of-the-art design to optimal sightlines with stadium seating, and spacious legroom. Escalators lead to an open lobby. The theater is fashioned in a modern Art Nouveau style and is one of the more contemporary theaters on Broadway. The space is also home to the American Theatre Hall of Fame, which showcases the names of theater artists from all disciplines who are recognized for their contributions to the field.
  • Fun Facts About the Gershwin Theatre
  • The venue hosted the Tony Awards in 1984, 1992, 1992, and 1999.
  • The theater was heavily remodeled for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Starlight Express” in 1987.
  • Angela Lansbury starred in both “The King & I” and the original Broadway production of “Sweeney Todd” at the Gershwin Theatre.
Notable Shows and Performances: The original Broadway production of “Singin’ in the Rain” in 1985. The long-running “Wicked,” currently in residence at the Gershwin, first flew into the theater in 2003.
New York, NY 10019
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