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Richard Rodgers Theatre

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About Richard Rodgers Theatre

The Richard Rodgers Theatre was built in 1925 as Chanin's 46th Street Theatre, constructed by architect and real estate developer Irwin Chanin. The theater was the first to feature Chanin’s democratic seating plan, in which all patrons would enter the same entrance door notwithstanding their seating section or ticket price. The building’s Neoclassical design boasts an arcade facade and elaborate stonework. The auditorium features stadium seating and a sloped orchestra, an innovative design at the time, which makes the 1,319-seat theatre feel intimate. In 1990, the theater, which became 46th Street Theatre in 1931, was purchased and renamed again to honor the composer Richard Rodgers. Playbills and show posters of Rodgers’ most famous works are displayed in the theater’s lobby. The Richard Rodgers Theatre has been an artistic home for Lin Manuel-Miranda, whose musicals “In the Heights” and “Hamilton” which is currently still running at the theater premiered.
  • Fun Facts about the Richard Rodgers Theatre
  • The Richard Rodgers Theatre has housed the most Tony Award-winning Best Plays and Best Musicals with a total of 11.
  • Ethel Merman’s name appeared above the title on the marquee for the first time in the 1940s, for the production of “Panama Hattie” at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
  • Gwen Verdon won Tony Awards in three back-to-back musicals all staged at the Richard Rodgers Theatre — “Damn Yankees,” “New Girl in Town,” and “Redhead.”
Notable Shows and Performances: Prior to “Hamilton,” other Broadway premieres at the Richard Rodgers Theatre have included “Movin’ Out” in 2002 and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” in 1961.  
New York, NY 10036
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