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Address:
138 West 48th St.

New York, NY

BUILT: 1912

SEATING CAPACITY: 1084
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James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway) History

The James Earl Jones Theatre- formerly known as the Cort Theatre- was built by and named for John Cort, general manager of the Northwestern Theatrical Association, a theatre circuit centered in Seattle with playhouses scattered throughout the western US and British Columbia. A fugitive from a vaudeville comedy team called Cort and Murphy, Cort moved from performing to management in the 1890s. The Shuberts acquired the theatre in 1927, two years before Cort's death. The James Earl Jones Theatre is the only surviving, still active, legitimate theatre on Broadway designed by Thomas Lamb. Its classic exterior was inspired by the 18th century French Petit Trianon at Versailles. Architecture from the period of Louis XVI also inspired the interior. The lobby is constructed of Pavanozza marble with panels of Marie Antoinette plasterwork. The proscenium arch was constructed in perforated plaster treated with art glass that could be lit during performances; this arch still exists but is not operational today. In 2022 the Schubert Organization announced the name-change for legendary EGOT winner James Earl Jones.

The 2010 revival of Fences starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis holds the James Earl Jones Theatre box office record! The production grossed $1,175,626 over eight performances, for the week ending July 11, 2010. The show went on to win 2010 Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Play, Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for Denzel Washington, Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Play for Viola Davis, and was nominated for 7 other Tony Awards, including Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Play, Best Direction of a Play, Best Original Score, Best Scenic Design in a Play, Best Costume Design in a Play, Best Lighting Design in a Play, and Best Sound Design in a Play.



What Shows Played the James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)

DATES PRODUCTION
? - ? Derren Brown: Secret (2019)
? - ? King Lear (2019)
10/25/2018 - 1/20/2019 Mike Birbiglia's The New One (2018)
10/7/2017 - ? M. Butterfly (2017)
4/1/2017 - 8/6/2017 Indecent (2017)
2/25/2016 - 6/26/2016 Bright Star (2016)
10/2/2015 - 1/3/2016 Sylvia (2015)
2/2/2015 - 8/1/2015 Fish In the Dark (2015)
8/18/2014 - 1/4/2015 This is Our Youth (2014)
4/12/2014 - 7/20/2014 The Cripple of Inishmaan (2014)
10/31/2013 - 3/29/2014 No Man's Land (2013)
10/26/2013 - 3/30/2014 Waiting for Godot (2013)
3/4/2013 - 4/21/2013 Breakfast at Tiffany's (2013)
9/13/2012 - 1/6/2013 Grace (2012)
4/5/2012 - 7/1/2012 The Lyons (2012)
11/18/2011 - 2/26/2012 Stick Fly (2011)
3/31/2011 - 6/26/2011 Born Yesterday (2011)
9/23/2010 - 1/30/2011 Time Stands Still (2010)
4/14/2010 - 7/11/2010 Fences (2010)
12/28/2009 - 4/4/2010 A View From The Bridge (2010)
1/20/2009 - 3/15/2009 You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bush (2009)
4/29/2008 - 1/4/2009 The 39 Steps (2008)
12/4/2007 - 4/13/2008 The Homecoming (2007)
4/20/2007 - 7/1/2007 Radio Golf (2007)
10/26/2006 - 2/18/2007 The Little Dog Laughed (2006)
1/24/2006 - 5/21/2006 Barefoot in the Park (2006)
3/22/2005 - 6/26/2005 On Golden Pond (2005)
10/12/2004 - 1/2/2005 Laugh Whore (2004)
11/4/2003 - 11/9/2003 Bobbi Boland (2003)
4/2/2003 - 6/15/2003 A Year with Frog and Toad (2003)
10/7/2002 - 1/5/2003 Hollywood Arms (2002)
7/17/2001 - 9/23/2001 If you ever leave me...I'm going with you! (2001)
4/10/2001 - 5/13/2001 The Gathering (2001)
4/1/2000 - 6/4/2000 The Green Bird (2000)
8/6/1999 - 1/2/2000 Kat and the Kings (1999)
3/30/1999 - 5/2/1999 Marlene (1999)
12/27/1998 - 2/25/1999 The Blue Room (1998)
1/20/1998 - 7/4/1998 Freak (1998)
3/20/1997 - 6/29/1997 An American Daughter (1997)
9/12/1996 - 11/17/1996 Sex and Longing (1996)
2/9/1995 - 12/31/1995 The Heiress (1995)
4/10/1994 - 6/19/1994 Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 (1994)
3/9/1993 - 3/14/1993 Face Value (unknown)
12/17/1991 - 2/9/1992 Two Shakespearean Actors (1992)
3/13/1990 - 9/2/1990 The Grapes of Wrath (1990)
1/28/1988 - 7/2/1989 Sarafina! (1988)
4/6/1987 - 5/9/1987 Sleight of Hand (1987)
1/19/1987 - 7/2/1989 Sarafina! (1988)
10/3/1984 - 6/9/1985 Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (1984)
4/9/1984 - 6/9/1984 A Moon for the Misbegotten (1984)
4/27/1982 - 6/27/1982 Medea (1982)
12/3/1981 - 12/27/1981 Kingdoms (1981)
10/12/1981 - 10/31/1981 Einstein and the Polar Bear (1981)
3/12/1981 - 5/23/1981 Rose (1981)
4/29/1980 - 1/4/1981 Home (1980)
3/19/1980 - 4/6/1980 Clothes for a Summer Hotel (1980)
5/10/1979 - 7/15/1979 King Richard III (1979)
5/16/1974 - 12/31/1978 The Magic Show (1974)
1/23/1973 - 3/24/1973 The Jockey Club Stakes (1973)
4/10/1972 - 4/22/1972 All the Girls Came Out to Play (1972)
1/26/1969 - 3/1/1969 Red, White and Maddox (1969)
10/6/1968 - 10/26/1968 Gilbert Becaud Sings Love (1968)
3/29/1968 - 4/10/1968 Leda Had a Little Swan ()
11/20/1967 - 2/24/1968 Something Different (1967)
10/4/1967 - 10/8/1967 Johnny No-Trump (1967)
4/11/1967 - 4/15/1967 A Warm Body (1967)
11/16/1966 - 12/3/1966 The Apparition Theatre of Prague (1966)
10/19/1966 - 11/5/1966 Under the Weather (1966)
11/10/1965 - 4/16/1966 The Zulu and the Zayda (1965)
10/18/1965 - 4/16/1966 The Zulu and the Zayda (1965)
2/1/1965 - 2/20/1965 Boeing-Boeing (1965)
11/14/1964 - 11/28/1964 Poor Bitos (1964)
9/17/1964 - 9/26/1964 A Girl Could Get Lucky (1964)
3/20/1964 - 4/18/1964 Sponono (1964)
2/10/1964 - 2/15/1964 Fair Game for Lovers (1964)
11/12/1963 - 1/25/1964 One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1963)
9/24/1963 - 9/24/1963 Bicycle Ride to Nevada (1963)
3/6/1963 - 4/13/1963 The Riot Act (1963)
1/28/1963 - 1/28/1963 On an Open Roof (1963)
11/26/1962 - 12/15/1962 Harold (1962)
10/24/1962 - 10/27/1962 The Perfect Setup (1962)
5/16/1962 - 5/19/1962 Miss Julie (1962)
5/15/1962 - 5/19/1962 Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
5/14/1962 - 5/19/1962 The Father (1962)
3/16/1962 - 3/24/1962 Isle of Children (1962)
1/8/1962 - 1/13/1962 The Egg (1962)
11/27/1961 - 12/31/1961 Sunday in New York (1961)
9/28/1961 - 11/18/1961 Purlie Victorious (1961)
11/16/1960 - 6/20/1961 Advise and Consent (1960)
9/20/1960 - 11/14/1960 The Hostage (1960)
4/25/1960 - 5/7/1960 Once Upon a Mattress (1959)
2/29/1960 - 3/12/1960 There Was a Little Girl (1960)
2/3/1960 - 2/6/1960 Roman Candle (1960)
1/6/1960 - 1/9/1960 A Mighty Man Is He (1960)
11/19/1959 - 12/12/1959 Only in America (1959)
10/9/1959 - 10/10/1959 Moonbirds (1959)
1/30/1958 - 5/30/1959 Sunrise at Campobello (1958)
11/20/1957 - 5/3/1958 The Rope Dancers (1957)
9/25/1957 - 10/12/1957 Four Winds (1957)
3/13/1957 - 3/16/1957 The Sin of Pat Muldoon (1957)
10/5/1955 - 2/23/1957 The Diary of Anne Frank (1955)
5/23/1955 - 5/28/1955 Once Upon A Tailor (1955)
4/12/1955 - 4/30/1955 Champagne Complex (1955)
2/17/1955 - 3/6/1955 The Wayward Saint (1955)
10/28/1954 - 2/12/1955 The Rainmaker (1954)
1/23/1953 - 10/23/1954 The Fifth Season (1953)
12/3/1952 - 12/6/1952 See the Jaguar (1952)
10/7/1952 - 11/15/1952 In Any Language (1952)
1/15/1952 - 5/31/1952 The Shrike (1952)
10/4/1951 - 1/5/1952 Saint Joan (1951)
9/28/1950 - 5/12/1951 Season in the Sun (1950)
1/26/1950 - 6/3/1950 As You Like It (1950)
11/16/1949 - 1/14/1950 The Father (1949)
3/2/1949 - 7/16/1949 Two Blind Mice (1949)
1/21/1949 - 1/22/1949 Leaf and Bough (1949)
12/22/1948 - 1/15/1949 Make Way for Lucia (1948)
4/26/1948 - ? Marie Marchowsky (1948)
2/24/1948 - 3/6/1948 Hedda Gabler (1948)
2/16/1948 - 2/21/1948 Ghosts (1948)
10/6/1947 - 2/14/1948 A Young Man's Fancy (1947)
9/25/1947 - 9/27/1947 I Gotta Get Out (1947)
6/26/1947 - 8/2/1947 Laura (1947)
6/3/1947 - 6/7/1947 Open House (1947)
5/2/1947 - 5/31/1947 Heads or Tails (1947)
10/14/1946 - 4/26/1947 Lady Windermere's Fan (1946)
9/26/1946 - 10/5/1946 The Bees and the Flowers (1946)
5/8/1946 - 9/14/1946 On Whitman Avenue (1946)
4/3/1946 - 5/2/1946 Candida (1946)
2/18/1946 - 5/4/1946 Antigone (1946)
1/15/1946 - 2/16/1946 The Winter's Tale (1946)
12/8/1945 - 1/5/1946 The French Touch (1945)
11/21/1945 - 11/24/1945 Marriage Is for Single People (1945)
12/6/1944 - 10/27/1945 A Bell for Adano (1944)
10/30/1944 - 11/4/1944 No Way Out (1944)
10/2/1944 - 10/21/1944 The Odds on Mrs. Oakley (1944)
8/31/1944 - 9/4/1944 Sleep No More (1944)
1/26/1944 - 7/8/1944 Wallflower (1944)
1/12/1944 - 1/23/1944 Suds in Your Eye (1944)
12/29/1943 - 1/1/1944 South Pacific (1943)
11/24/1943 - 12/4/1943 Get Away Old Man (1943)
11/16/1943 - 11/20/1943 Lady, Behave! (1943)
10/25/1943 - 10/30/1943 Slightly Married (1943)
8/18/1943 - 9/18/1943 Murder Without Crime (1943)
8/2/1943 - 8/7/1943 Try and Get It (1943)
10/7/1942 - 6/26/1943 The Eve of St. Mark (1942)
8/31/1942 - 9/26/1942 I Killed the Count (1942)
1/23/1942 - 5/23/1942 Cafe Crown (1942)
12/23/1941 - 1/10/1942 Letters to Lucerne (1941)
12/8/1941 - 12/12/1941 Golden Wings (1941)
11/8/1941 - 11/15/1941 The Walrus and the Carpenter (1941)
9/15/1941 - 9/27/1941 The More the Merrier (1941)
4/25/1941 - ? Not in Our Stars (1941)
4/8/1941 - ? Steps Leading Up (1941)
3/15/1941 - ? The Trojan Women (1941)
10/17/1940 - 5/3/1941 Charley's Aunt (1940)
1/9/1940 - 8/3/1940 The Male Animal (1940)
11/28/1939 - 1/6/1940 Farm of Three Echoes (1939)
2/20/1939 - ? Miss Swan Expects (1939)
1/10/1939 - ? The White Steed (1939)
12/3/1938 - ? American Landscape (1938)
10/25/1938 - ? Madame Capet (1938)
10/7/1938 - ? The Devil Takes a Bride (1938)
5/19/1937 - 7/16/1938 Room Service (1937)
11/27/1935 - ? Boy Meets Girl (1935)
10/30/1935 - ? There's Wisdom in Women (1935)
10/1/1935 - ? Most of the Game (1935)
5/28/1935 - ? Knock on Wood (1935)
5/7/1935 - ? The Hook-up (1935)
4/25/1935 - ? Symphony (1935)
4/1/1935 - ? The Dominant Sex (1935)
2/20/1935 - ? The Bishop Misbehaves (1935)
2/5/1935 - ? It's You I Want (1935)
12/22/1934 - ? Mother Lode (1934)
11/5/1934 - ? Jayhawker (1934)
10/2/1934 - ? Roll, Sweet Chariot (1934)
5/8/1934 - ? The Milky Way (1934)
3/22/1934 - ? Gentlewoman (1934)
10/20/1933 - ? The Green Bay Tree (1933)
9/6/1933 - ? The Sellout (1933)
8/22/1933 - ? Love and Babies (1933)
3/16/1933 - ? Three-Cornered Moon (1933)
12/17/1932 - ? Red Planet (1932)
10/28/1932 - ? Tell Her the Truth (1932)
10/28/1932 - 11/5/1932 Tell Her the Truth (1932)
5/30/1932 - ? Bridal Wise (1932)
4/21/1932 - ? The Blue Bird (1932)
12/23/1931 - ? Cold in Sables (1931)
11/20/1931 - ? A Widow in Green (1931)
9/8/1931 - ? Ladies of Creation (1931)
12/30/1930 - ? Five Star Final (1930)
11/11/1930 - ? Made in France (1930)
10/21/1930 - ? Sweet Stranger (1930)
9/15/1930 - ? The Rhapsody (1930)
4/15/1930 - ? Uncle Vanya (1930)
2/10/1930 - ? It's A Grand Life (1930)
11/18/1929 - ? Your Uncle Dudley (1929)
10/21/1929 - ? Maggie the Magnificent (1929)
8/15/1929 - ? Dinner is Served (1929)
5/13/1929 - ? The Jade God (1929)
4/19/1929 - ? Rockbound (1929)
11/26/1928 - ? A Most Immoral Lady (1928)
11/12/1928 - ? These Days (1928)
2/27/1928 - ? The Wrecker (1928)
12/26/1927 - ? Behold the Bridegroom (1927)
10/31/1927 - ? Behold This Dreamer (1927)
4/18/1927 - ? Love Is Like That (1927)
1/10/1927 - ? Arabian Nightmare (1927)
8/16/1926 - ? The Little Spitfire (1926)
8/2/1926 - ? Nic Nax of 1926 (1926)
7/14/1926 - ? The Blonde Sinner (1926)
6/7/1926 - 6/7/1926 Beyond Evil (1926)
10/14/1925 - ? Made in America (1925)
10/8/1925 - ? Jane, Our Stranger (1925)
9/24/1925 - ? The New Gallantry (1925)
9/2/1925 - ? Clouds (1925)
8/11/1925 - ? A Lucky Break (1925)
5/28/1925 - ? Bachelors' Brides (1925)
2/23/1925 - ? White Collars (1925)
2/3/1925 - ? The Undercurrent (1925)
1/26/1925 - ? The Stork (1925)
12/29/1924 - ? Carnival (1924)
10/27/1924 - ? The Second Mrs. Tanqueray (1924)
9/30/1924 - ? The Far Cry (1924)
9/4/1924 - ? The Tantrum (1924)
6/19/1924 - ? The Locked Door (1924)
2/15/1924 - ? The Assumption of Hannele (1924)
10/23/1923 - ? The Swan (1923)
11/13/1922 - 10/20/1923 Merton of the Movies (1922)
12/30/1921 - ? Captain Applejack (1921)
11/28/1921 - ? Her Salary Man (1921)
9/13/1921 - ? Only 38 (1921)
8/16/1921 - 9/10/1921 Sonny (1921)
2/14/1921 - ? Peg O' My Heart (1921)
1/3/1921 - ? Transplanting Jean (1921)
10/4/1920 - 1/1/1921 Jim Jam Jems (1920)
12/15/1919 - ? Abraham Lincoln (1919)
12/4/1919 - ? Three's a Crowd (1919)
10/27/1919 - 11/29/1919 Just a Minute (1919)
9/15/1919 - ? A Regular Feller (1919)
11/18/1918 - ? The Better 'Ole (1918)
9/3/1918 - 11/16/1918 Fiddlers Three (1918)
3/15/1918 - 3/15/1918 Julius Caesar (1918)
2/8/1918 - 2/9/1918 As You Like It (1918)
1/25/1918 - 1/26/1918 The Merchant of Venice (1918)
1/18/1918 - 1/19/1918 Everyman (1918)
12/20/1917 - 6/29/1918 Flo-Flo (1917)
10/29/1917 - ? De Luxe Annie (1917)
9/25/1917 - ? Mother Carey's Chickens (1917)
9/3/1917 - ? The Inner Man (1917)
11/9/1916 - ? The Yellow Jacket (1916)
9/25/1916 - ? Upstairs and Down (1916)
7/31/1916 - ? Coat-tales (1916)
5/17/1916 - 6/24/1916 Molly O' (1916)
4/24/1916 - ? Beau Brummell (1916)
3/13/1916 - ? The Blue Envelope (1916)
2/26/1916 - ? Pay-day (1916)
2/14/1916 - ? Any House (1916)
9/29/1915 - ? The Princess Pat (1915)
9/29/1915 - 2/12/1916 The Princess Pat (1915)
8/26/1914 - ? Under Cover (1914)
3/6/1914 - ? Just as Well (1914)
3/6/1914 - ? The Forbidden Guests (1914)
3/6/1914 - ? Happiness (1914)
3/6/1914 - ? The Day of Dupes (1914)
12/20/1912 - ? Peg O' My Heart (1912)


Frequently Asked Questions

What show is currently in Cort Theatre (Broadway)?
Cort Theatre (Broadway)'s current show is Derren Brown: Secret which opened on 9/15/2019.

What when was Cort Theatre (Broadway) built?
Cort Theatre (Broadway) was built in 1912.

How many seats does Cort Theatre (Broadway) have?
Cort Theatre (Broadway) has 1084 seats.

What were the longest running shows at Cort Theatre (Broadway)?
The Magic Show which ran from 5/28/1974 to 12/31/1978, The 39 Steps which ran from 1/15/2008 to 1/10/2010, The Fifth Season which ran from 1/23/1953 to 10/23/1954, The Diary of Anne Frank which ran from 10/5/1955 to 6/22/1957 and Sarafina! which ran from 1/28/1988 to 7/2/1989,

What show is currently in James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)?
James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)'s current show is Derren Brown: Secret which opened on 9/15/2019.

What when was James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway) built?
James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway) was built in 1912.

How many seats does James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway) have?
James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway) has 1084 seats.

What are the box office hours for James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)?
Monday–Saturday: 10:00 AM-8:00 PM Sunday: 12:00 PM-6:00 PM.

What accessibility options are there at James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)?

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

The theatre is not completely wheelchair-accessible. There are no steps into the theatre.

Orchestra location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps.

Mezzanine location: Located up two flights of stairs. On the Mezzanine level, there are approximately two steps down per row. Entrance to the Mezzanine is behind Row H.

Balcony location: Located up three flights of stairs. On the Balcony level there are approximately two steps down per row. Entrance to the Balcony is behind Row F.

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

There are no wheelchair-accessible restrooms available at this theatre.

The James Earl Jones Theatre provides at least 10 infrared assisted-listening devices for every performance at the theatre. Beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening-night performance, at least 10 audio description devices are available for every performance at the theatre. In addition, there is unlimited access to downloadable audio description software for personal mobile devices, available beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening-night performance, which provides an automated detailed account of the visual of the production, free of charge, for blind or partially sighted patrons. The theatre also offers handheld devices and software that provide captioning for deaf or hard-of-hearing patrons, available beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening-night performance.

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What were the longest running shows at James Earl Jones Theater (Broadway)?
The Magic Show which ran from 5/28/1974 to 12/31/1978, The 39 Steps which ran from 1/15/2008 to 1/10/2010, The Fifth Season which ran from 1/23/1953 to 10/23/1954, The Diary of Anne Frank which ran from 10/5/1955 to 6/22/1957 and Sarafina! which ran from 1/28/1988 to 7/2/1989,