Majestic Theatre

245 West 44th Street (midtown Manhattan) / NYC

The Majestic, one of the largest Broadway theatres with 1607 seats, traditionally has been used as a venue for major musical theatre
productions. Among the notable shows that have premiered at the Majestic are Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949),
The Music Man (1957), Camelot (1960), A Little Night Music (1973), and The Wiz (1975).
It was also the second home of 42nd Street and the third home of 1776. The theatre has housed
The Phantom of the Opera since it opened on January 26, 1988.

With more than 8,000 performances, it currently is the longest-running production in Broadway history.

Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, the present-day Majestic was constructed by the Chanin Brothers as part of an entertainment complex including the John Golden Theatre, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, and the Milford Plaza hotel. It o pened on March 28, 1927 with the musical Rufus LeMaire's Affairs.

The Majestic was purchased by the Shubert brothers during the Great Depression and currently is owned and operated by the Shubert Organization. Both the interior and exterior were designated New York City landmarks in 1987.

Other notable productions:
1927: The Letter
1931: The Student Prince
1933: Pardon My English
1936: On Your Toes
1941: Hellzapoppin
1947: Call Me Mister; Allegro
1953: Me and Juliet
1954: Fanny
1960: Camelot
1963: Tovarich; Jennie
1964: Anyone Can Whistle; A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum; Golden Boy
1966: Funny Girl; Breakfast at Tiffany's
1967: Marat/Sade; Fiddler on the Roof
1970: Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen
1972: Sugar
1974: Mack and Mabel
1977: The Act
1978: First Monday in October; Ballroom
1979: I Remember Mama
1980: Grease
1988: The Phantom of the Opera

Original Majestic Theatre

An earlier theatre with the same name had been located at 5 Columbus Circle, the present site of the Time Warner Center.
Designed in 1903 by John Duncan, the architect of Grant's Tomb, the theatre hosted original musicals, including
The Wizard of Oz and Babes in Toyland, and briefly served as a studio for NBC.

It was renamed the Park Theatre in 1911 and demolished in 1954 to make way for the
New York Coliseum which in turn was torn down to make way for Time-Warner in 2000.

Programs available from this theatre:

  • The Patriot (1928)
  • South Pacific (1951)
  • South Pacific (1952 w/ ticket stubs & Cloris Leachman replacement notice)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1965)
  • Fiddler on the Roof (1969)

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