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Address:
219 W. 49th St.

New York, NY 10019

BUILT: 1921

SEATING CAPACITY: 1125
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Ambassador Theatre (Broadway) History

The Shuberts built the Ambassador Theatre in 1921, one of four theatres they constructed on 48th and 49th Streets as part of their post-World War I rapid expansion. None of the other three (the Ritz, now the Walter Kerr; the Forrest, now the Eugene O'Neill; and the 49th St, now demolished) are currently operated by the Shubert Organization. The plot of land for the Ambassador required that the auditorium be placed diagonally on its relatively small lot. This resulted in a lack of stage-wing space, and a uniquely shaped hexagonal auditorium. The exterior of the building is simple, with little ornamentation other than some brick patterning. The interiors, designed by architect Herbert Krapp, employ more elaborate Adam-style plasterwork in the decoration of the walls, ceiling, boxes, doorways and arches. The design motif was a favorite of Krapp's. The Ambassador Theatre was sold by The Shuberts in 1935 due to the struggles of The Great Depression, and was used as a movie theater, a television studio for NBC and later the DuMont Television Network. The Shuberts assumed ownership of the theater once again in 1956, returning the space to a legitimate theatre. The Ambassador Theatre has been designated a New York City landmark.

Shows and stars to have graced the stage of the Ambassador Theatre include: The Diary of Anne Frank (1957, transfer from the Cort Theatre) starring Joseph SchildkrautSusan Strasberg and more; The Lion in Winter (1966) starring Robert Preston and Rosemary Harris; Godspell (1977 transfer from the Broadhurst and the Plymouth) starring Lamar AlfordLaurie FasoLois Foraker and more; A View From the Bridge (1983 revival) starring Tony Lo Bianco as Eddie and directed by Arvin Brown; Dreamgirls (1987 revival) starring Lillias WhiteAlisa GyseArnetia Walker and more; Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk (1996) starring Jeffrey WrightSavion Glover, Duquesnay, Gaines, and Dule Hill; It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (1999 transfer from Vivian Beaumont Theater) starring Ron TaylorGretha BostonEloise Laws and more; You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999 revival) starring Anthony RappB.D. WongIlana LevineStanley Wayne MathisKristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart; Topdog/Underdog (2002) starring Mos Def and Jeffrey Wright; Chicago (2003, transfer from Richard Rodgers Theatre and the Shubert) starring Ann ReinkingBebe NeuwirthJames NaughtonJoel Grey and many others!



What Shows Played the Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)

DATES PRODUCTION
10/20/2004 - 10/20/2004 Passion (2004)
1/29/2003 - ? Chicago (1996)
3/12/2002 - 8/11/2002 Topdog / Underdog (2002)
9/19/2001 - 1/13/2002 Hedda Gabler (2001)
2/14/2001 - 6/10/2001 A Class Act (2001)
3/21/2000 - 7/23/2000 The Ride Down Mt. Morgan (2000)
9/7/1999 - 1/9/2000 It Ain't Nothin' But the Blues (1999)
1/23/1999 - 6/13/1999 You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999)
4/9/1996 - 1/10/1999 Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk (1996)
10/21/1995 - 1/7/1996 Fool Moon (1995)
6/5/1995 - 7/16/1995 Buttons on Broadway (1995)
11/14/1989 - 5/20/1990 The Circle (1989)
8/9/1988 - 1/15/1989 Ain't Misbehavin' (1988)
3/15/1988 - 5/8/1988 Oba Oba (1988)
6/22/1987 - 11/29/1987 Dreamgirls (1987)
4/2/1987 - 4/26/1987 Barbara Cook: A Concert for the Theatre (1987)
2/21/1985 - 7/21/1985 Leader of the Pack (1985)
1/27/1983 - 6/12/1983 A View From the Bridge (1983)
12/7/1982 - 12/12/1982 Herman Van Veen: All of Him (1982)
11/30/1980 - 6/27/1982 Dancin' (1978)
9/20/1980 - 10/25/1980 Division Street (1980)
5/30/1980 - 9/7/1980 Your Arms Too Short to Box With God (1980)
4/2/1980 - 4/26/1980 Goodbye Fidel (1980)
9/14/1978 - 10/7/1979 Eubie! (1978)
5/16/1978 - 9/3/1978 Same Time, Next Year (1975)
4/12/1978 - 4/23/1978 The Mighty Gents (1978)
9/16/1977 - 1/1/1978 Miss Margarida's Way (1977)
1/12/1977 - 9/4/1977 Godspell (1976)
9/14/1976 - 12/5/1976 I Have a Dream (1976)
5/5/1976 - 5/15/1976 Des Journees Entieres Dans le Arbres (1976)
1/7/1976 - 1/11/1976 The Poison Tree (1976)
10/18/1975 - 11/29/1975 Me and Bessie (1975)
3/14/1975 - 4/5/1975 We Interrupt This Program... (1975)
9/27/1974 - 3/2/1975 Scapino (1974)
1/31/1973 - 2/18/1973 Warp (1973)
11/1/1972 - 12/2/1972 The Secret Affairs of Mildred Wild (1972)
11/17/1971 - 7/30/1972 Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death (1971)
4/22/1971 - 7/3/1971 Ovid's Metamorphoses (1971)
10/19/1970 - 7/3/1971 Paul Sills' Story Theatre (1970)
4/14/1970 - 7/18/1970 The Boy Friend (1970)
1/22/1969 - 4/26/1969 Celebration (1969)
10/16/1968 - 12/29/1968 We Bombed in New Haven (1968)
10/3/1966 - 12/31/1966 The Investigation (1966)
3/2/1966 - 5/21/1966 The Lion in Winter (1966)
10/14/1965 - 11/6/1965 The World of Charles Aznavour (1965)
9/12/1964 - 1/4/1965 Absence of a Cello (1964)
9/9/1963 - 2/1/1964 Stop the World - I Want to Get Off (1962)
10/29/1962 - 5/11/1963 Calculated Risk (1962)
1/30/1962 - 4/28/1962 A Passage to India (1962)
1/3/1962 - 1/13/1962 Something About a Soldier (1962)
12/9/1961 - 12/23/1961 Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole (1961)
1/23/1961 - 5/13/1961 The Tenth Man (1959)
10/26/1960 - 1/21/1961 The 49th Cousin (1960)
3/18/1960 - 3/19/1960 One More River (1960)
2/17/1960 - 2/20/1960 The Long Dream (1960)
2/1/1960 - 2/2/1960 Cut of the Axe (1960)
10/1/1959 - 1/23/1960 The Gang's All Here (1959)
4/9/1959 - 4/25/1959 Kataki (1959)
12/30/1958 - 3/7/1959 Third Best Sport (1958)
11/6/1958 - 11/29/1958 Comes a Day (1958)
3/26/1958 - 4/19/1958 Back to Methuselah (1958)
10/24/1957 - 2/22/1958 Compulsion (1957)
2/26/1957 - 6/22/1957 The Diary of Anne Frank (1955)
1/30/1957 - 2/9/1957 Eugenia (1957)
12/28/1956 - 12/29/1956 Protective Custody (1956)
10/3/1956 - 12/22/1956 The Loud Red Patrick (1956)
10/3/1944 - 6/23/1945 School for Brides (1944)
9/11/1944 - 9/16/1944 Down to Miami (1944)
3/28/1944 - 6/17/1944 Decision (1944)
3/3/1944 - 3/26/1944 The Yeomen of the Guard (1944)
3/2/1944 - 3/26/1944 Ruddigore (1944)
2/25/1944 - 3/26/1944 Patience (1944)
2/22/1944 - 3/26/1944 Iolanthe (1944)
2/21/1944 - 3/26/1944 The Gondoliers (1944)
2/17/1944 - 3/26/1944 The Pirates of Penzance (1944)
2/17/1944 - 3/19/1944 Cox and Box (1944)
2/11/1944 - 3/26/1944 The Mikado (1944)
12/5/1943 - 1/22/1944 Victory Belles (1943)
11/21/1943 - 12/4/1943 Lady, Behave! (1943)
10/17/1943 - 11/20/1943 Laugh Time (1943)
9/4/1943 - 10/8/1943 Blossom Time (1943)
9/4/1943 - 10/9/1943 Blossom Time (1943)
9/28/1942 - 12/3/1942 Wine, Women and Song (1942)
11/18/1941 - 1/3/1942 Cuckoos on the Hearth (1941)
9/3/1941 - ? Gangway (1941)
9/29/1939 - 12/2/1939 The Straw Hat Revue (1939)
3/9/1939 - ? The Gate Revue (1939)
12/13/1937 - ? Drama at Inish (1937)
12/6/1937 - ? Juno and the Paycock (1937)
11/29/1937 - ? The New Gossoon (1937)
10/11/1937 - ? The Far-off Hills (1937)
10/7/1937 - ? The Plough and the Stars (1937)
10/2/1937 - ? Katie Roche (1937)
4/18/1937 - ? Todo Un Hombre (1937)
4/18/1937 - ? Amor (1937)
4/18/1937 - ? Terra Baja (1937)
4/18/1937 - ? Cuando Los Hijos de Eva no son Lo Hijos de Adan (1937)
9/30/1936 - ? Stork Mad (1936)
9/16/1935 - ? Night of January 16 (1935)
4/8/1935 - ? Post Road (1934)
1/9/1935 - ? A Lady Detained (1935)
4/19/1934 - ? Are You Decent (1934)
3/12/1934 - ? The Perfumed Lady (1934)
2/5/1934 - ? Biography (1934)
12/25/1933 - ? The Locked Room (1933)
11/23/1933 - ? Growing Pains (1933)
11/18/1933 - 7/21/1934 Roberta (1933)
10/30/1933 - ? Under Glass (1933)
5/15/1933 - ? June Moon (1933)
5/1/1933 - ? Springtime for Henry (1933)
3/6/1933 - ? Young Sinners (1933)
11/8/1932 - ? The Silent House (1932)
11/2/1932 - ? Philomel (1932)
8/1/1932 - 8/8/1932 Chamberlain Brown's Scrap Book (1932)
3/28/1932 - ? Intimate Relations (1932)
10/21/1931 - ? New Chauve-Souris (1931)
9/23/1931 - ? If I Were You (1931)
3/4/1931 - 3/4/1931 Blossom Time (1931)
2/16/1931 - ? Death Takes a Holiday (1931)
12/25/1930 - ? King Lear (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? Hamlet (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? The Merchant of Venice (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? Julius Caesar (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? Macbeth (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? As You Like It (1930)
12/25/1930 - ? King Richard III (1930)
10/23/1930 - ? Sweet Chariot (1930)
11/27/1929 - ? The Humbug (1929)
10/21/1929 - ? Stripped (1929)
9/16/1929 - ? A Strong Man's House (1929)
9/13/1929 - ? A Comedy of Women (1929)
12/31/1928 - ? Lady Dedlock (1928)
12/3/1928 - ? Angela (1928)
11/19/1928 - ? Redemption (1928)
10/8/1928 - ? Just a Minute (1928)
9/26/1928 - ? Fast Life (1928)
8/27/1928 - ? The Money Lender (1928)
4/9/1928 - ? The Outsider (1928)
3/6/1928 - ? The Great Necker (1928)
11/22/1927 - ? The Racket (1927)
10/12/1927 - ? The Matrimonial Bed (1927)
9/8/1926 - 7/23/1927 Queen High (1926)
8/3/1926 - ? No More Women (1926)
2/2/1926 - ? The Great Gatsby (1926)
9/28/1925 - ? Applesauce (1925)
2/23/1925 - ? The Virgin of Bethulia (1925)
12/22/1924 - ? Bluffing Bluffers (1924)
12/1/1924 - 12/20/1924 Princess April (1924)
8/20/1924 - 11/29/1924 The Dream Girl (1924)
11/17/1923 - ? A Love Scandal (1923)
10/29/1923 - ? Steadfast (1923)
8/8/1923 - ? The Newcomers (1923)
1/31/1923 - 6/9/1923 Caroline (1923)
10/2/1922 - ? The Lady in Ermine (1922)
8/7/1922 - 10/1/1922 Blossom Time (1921)
5/9/1921 - 7/9/1921 Biff! Bing! Bang! (1921)
2/11/1921 - 5/7/1921 The Rose Girl (1921)
9/2/1919 - ? Back Again (1919)
11/28/1918 - ? U.S. (1918)
8/31/1918 - ? Telling the Tale (1918)
6/5/1916 - ? Pell-Mell (1916)
3/23/1916 - ? More (1916)
10/28/1915 - ? More (1915)
6/18/1915 - ? More (Odds and Ends) (1915)
10/17/1914 - ? Odds and Ends (1914)


Frequently Asked Questions

What show is currently in Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)?
Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)'s current show is The Circle which opened on 11/20/1989.

What when was Ambassador Theatre (Broadway) built?
Ambassador Theatre (Broadway) was built in 1921.

How many seats does Ambassador Theatre (Broadway) have?
Ambassador Theatre (Broadway) has 1125 seats.

What were the longest running shows at Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)?
Dancin' which ran from 3/27/1978 to 6/27/1982, Same Time, Next Year which ran from 3/14/1975 to 9/3/1978, Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk which ran from 4/25/1996 to 1/10/1999, The Diary of Anne Frank which ran from 10/5/1955 to 6/22/1957 and The Tenth Man which ran from 11/5/1959 to 5/13/1961,

What are the box office hours for Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)?
Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00PM.

What accessibility options are there at Ambassador Theatre (Broadway)?

Accessible seating for this performance as indicated on the seating map.

The theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible. There are two small steps into the theatre from the main entrance from the sidewalk. The side entrance has no steps from the sidewalk; please alert the Box Office upon arrival. Please be advised that where there are steps either into or within the theatre, we are unable to provide assistance.

There is a wheelchair-accessible restroom.

Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. Wheelchair seating is located in the Orchestra only.

Mezzanine location: Two flights of stairs, up 38 steps. Please note, once on the Mezzanine level there are approximately two steps per row. Entrance to Front Mezzanine is behind row E. Entrance to Rear Mezzanine is in front of row A.

Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.

Reservations for assisted-listening devices are not necessary. A driver’s license or ID with printed address is required as a deposit. Loop technology is also available at this theatre. The theatre provides infrared assistive listening devices for every performance at the theatre. In addition, beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, hand-held audio description devices and hand-held captioning devices are available, and there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description and/or captioning for personal mobile devices free of charge. (Hand-held devices are limited, although additional devices can be obtained with at least twenty-four hours notice.)

Chicago provides real-time translations, on your mobile device. Language Subtitles are available in Russian, Hebrew, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. For more information, visit the Shubert Audience Services kiosk inside the theatre.

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