Lyceum Theatre

149 West 45th Street / New York City

(from Wilipedia)

The Lyceum Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 149 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan.
Opened in 1903, it is one of the two oldest surviving Broadway venues (along with the New Amsterdam Theatre).
The Lyceum is the oldest continuously operating legitimate theatre in New York City, and the first Broadway
theatre ever to be granted landmark status (1974). It is one of the few theatres in New York which
continues to operate under its original name.

Designed by architects Herts & Tallant, the Lyceum was built by impresario Daniel Frohman, replacing
Frohman's earlier Lyceum on Fourth Avenue that closed in April 1902. The new Lyceum opened on
November 2, 1903 with the play The Proud Prince. Frohman's brother Charles served as the theater's
manager until his death in 1915. Among the prominent performers who appeared on the Lyceum's stage
in its early years were Ethel Barrymore, Billie Burke, Basil Rathbone, Fanny Brice, Walter Huston,
Miriam Hopkins, and Cornelia Otis Skinner.

The theatre maintains most of its original Beaux-Arts design, including its elaborate marble staircases
and undulating marquee. Although it has three levels, it is one of the smallest Broadway theatres in
terms of capacity, seating only 950. An apartment located above the orchestra, originally used by
Frohman, is now the headquarters of the Shubert Archives.

Programs available from this theatre:

  • Sweet Lavender (1889)
  • Gold-diggers (1919)
  • Three's A Crowd (1932)
  • A Taste of Honey (1960)


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