Longacre Theatre

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The Longacre Theatre is a Broadway theatre at 220 West 48th Street in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Broadway theatre in Manhattan, New York
Longacre Theatre

The Prom, 2019
Address 220 West 48th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States


Owner The Shubert Organization
Designation Broadway theatre
Capacity 1091
Production Diana
Opened 1913
Years active 1913–present
Architect Henry Beaumont Herts

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Designed by architectHenry Beaumont Herts in 1912, the theatre was named for Longacre Square, the original name for Times Square. The French neo-classical building was constructed by impresarioHarry Frazee, better remembered as the owner of the Boston Red Sox who, needing money for his theatrical ventures, sold Babe Ruth‘s contract to the New York Yankees. A curse allegedly lingered on the theatre as a result, and there was a time in which superstitious producers avoided it for fear they would be backing a flop, as noted by William Goldman in his book The Season: A Candid Look at Broadway. Despite the rumor, a large number of performers who have appeared on stage here have taken home a Tony Award for their efforts.

The Longacre’s first show was a production of the William Hurlbut–Frances Whitehouse comedy Are You a Crook?, which opened on May 1, 1913. With the exception of its use as a radio and television studio in the mid-1940s to early 1950s, the theatre has operated as a legitimate Broadway venue.

In 2019, Broadway’s first-known onstage wedding happened at the Longacre between two women.[1]

On March 12, 2020, the theater closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[2] It reopened on November 2, 2021, with previews of Diana,[3] which ran through December 19.[4]

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