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HISTORY: Shubert has owned the Winter Garden Theatre longer than any of its other venues. The playhouse occupies the second American Horse Exchange, built by William K. Vanderbilt in 1896, when Longacre (now Times Square) was the center of the horse and carriage trade. By 1911, when the Shuberts leased the Exchange, horses had given way to the automobile and legitimate stage was making inroads north of 42nd St. The Winter Garden was converted into a theatre in 1911, and had brief interludes as a movie house from 1928 to 1933 when Warner Brothers leased it, and again in 1945, when United Artists ran it. Architect William Albert Swasey converted the existing horse exchange building into a theatre by turning the showring into an auditorium with only one balcony, and decorating it with a garden motif. The existing space dictated that Swasey design a playhouse that was unusually wide (the proscenium opening is still the widest of all Shubert theatres), which brought the audience closer to the stage. Swasey left the Horse Exchange's trusses exposed, covered the ceiling in sky blue canvas, trimming both it and the walls with latticework. Garlands and leaves entwined the box fronts and proscenium arch. The stage at one point included a water tank, and in its first decade extended a runway out into the audience, dubbed by audiences "The Bridge of Thighs." Twelve years after the theatre opened, Herbert J. Krapp completed a major renovation of the interior which eliminated the runway, lowered the ceiling and proscenium arch, and covered the trusses, adding elegant ornamentation and bringing the theatre more in line with the traditional Adamesque style used in other Shubert venues. In 2001 after Cats closed, architect Francesca Russo oversaw a multimillion dollar restoration of the theatre to its Twenties' glory. Learn More in Theatre Stories



Address:
1634 Broadway (At W. 50th St.)

New York, NY 10019

BUILT: 1911

SEATING CAPACITY: 1526
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Theatre History

DATES PRODUCTION
? - ? The Music Man (2021)
? - ? Beetlejuice (2019)
11/9/2015 - ? School of Rock (2015)
2/13/2014 - 8/17/2014 Rocky (2014)
5/12/2002 - 5/12/2002 Once On This Island (2002)
10/5/2001 - 10/19/2013 Mamma Mia! (2001)
9/23/1982 - 9/10/2000 Cats (1982)
1/29/1982 - 5/23/1982 Othello (1982)
11/10/1981 - 1/2/1982 Camelot (1981)
9/22/1981 - 10/18/1981 The Catherine Wheel (1981)
8/18/1980 - 3/29/1981 42nd Street (1980)
4/30/1980 - 5/11/1980 The Roast (1980)
12/4/1979 - 1/27/1980 Comin' Uptown (1979)
7/27/1979 - 9/22/1979 Gilda Radner - Live From New York (1979)
6/12/1979 - 6/17/1979 Bruce Forsyth on Broadway! (1979)
5/14/1979 - 5/14/1979 Lerner and Loewe: A Very Special Evening (1979)
3/10/1979 - 4/29/1979 Zoot Suit (1979)
5/26/1977 - 2/25/1979 Beatlemania (1977)
12/27/1976 - 5/21/1977 Fiddler on the Roof (1976)
11/23/1976 - 11/28/1976 Natalie Cole (1976)
12/31/1975 - 6/27/1976 Pacific Overtures (1976)
2/4/1975 - 3/22/1975 Doctor Jazz (1975)
9/19/1974 - 1/4/1975 Gypsy (1974)
2/15/1974 - 5/11/1974 Ulysses in Nighttown (1974)
1/6/1974 - 1/26/1974 Liza (1974)
11/2/1972 - 2/11/1973 Much Ado About Nothing (1972)
10/5/1972 - 10/21/1972 Neil Diamond: One Man Show (1972)
3/24/1971 - 7/1/1972 Follies (1971)
12/16/1970 - 3/13/1971 Purlie (1970)
2/26/1970 - 2/28/1970 Georgy (1970)
10/23/1969 - 1/3/1970 Jimmy (1969)
5/18/1966 - 10/4/1969 Mame (1966)
3/10/1964 - 3/12/1966 Funny Girl (1964)
10/7/1963 - 11/9/1963 Tovarich (1963)
5/27/1963 - 7/6/1963 Pajama Tops (1963)
4/15/1963 - 4/20/1963 Sophie (1963)
3/18/1963 - 3/30/1963 The Lady of the Carnellias (1963)
12/20/1962 - 1/5/1963 Carnival! (1961)
11/8/1962 - 11/17/1962 Nowhere to Go But Up (1962)
10/2/1962 - 11/3/1962 Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden (1962)
3/19/1962 - 5/26/1962 All American (1962)
11/3/1960 - 2/10/1962 The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1960)
4/27/1960 - 10/22/1960 West Side Story (1960)
2/24/1960 - 4/23/1960 Once Upon a Mattress (1959)
12/7/1959 - 2/13/1960 Saratoga (1959)
10/13/1959 - ? Bayanihan (1959)
5/11/1959 - 6/27/1959 West Side Story (1957)
3/9/1959 - 3/21/1959 Juno (1959)
9/26/1957 - 2/28/1959 West Side Story (1957)
3/1/1957 - 6/15/1957 Ziegfeld Follies of 1957 (1957)
2/14/1957 - 2/16/1957 Intermezzo (1957)
2/7/1957 - 2/9/1957 Le Misanthrope (1957)
2/4/1957 - 2/6/1957 Volpone (1957)
1/30/1957 - 2/2/1957 Christophe Columb (1957)
12/26/1956 - 1/12/1957 Troilus and Cressida (1956)
10/29/1956 - 1/12/1957 Macbeth (1956)
10/24/1956 - 1/12/1957 Romeo and Juliet (1956)
10/23/1956 - 1/12/1957 King Richard II (1956)
6/13/1956 - 6/30/1956 Shangri-La (1956)
2/13/1956 - 4/21/1956 Bus Stop (1955)
1/19/1956 - 2/4/1956 Tamburlaine the Great (1956)
11/10/1955 - 12/31/1955 The Vamp (1955)
2/28/1955 - 11/7/1955 Plain and Fancy (1955)
10/20/1954 - 2/26/1955 Peter Pan (1954)
2/25/1953 - 7/3/1954 Wonderful Town (1953)
10/27/1952 - 1/10/1953 My Darlin' Aida (1952)
11/1/1951 - 10/4/1952 Top Banana (1951)
4/18/1951 - 7/14/1951 Make a Wish (1951)
6/28/1950 - 2/24/1951 Michael Todd's Peep Show (1950)
3/23/1950 - 5/6/1950 Great to Be Alive! (1950)
1/17/1950 - 2/25/1950 Alive and Kicking (1950)
11/13/1948 - 7/9/1949 As the Girls Go (1948)
12/23/1944 - 7/14/1945 Laffing Room Only (1944)
1/28/1944 - 12/16/1944 Mexican Hayride (1944)
4/1/1943 - 1/25/1944 Ziegfeld Follies of 1943 (1943)
12/1/1941 - 3/29/1943 Sons o' Fun (1941)
11/26/1938 - 11/23/1941 Hellzapoppin (1938)
9/21/1938 - 11/26/1938 You Never Know (1938)
12/1/1937 - 5/21/1938 Hooray For What! (1937)
9/18/1937 - 10/2/1937 The Show is On (1937)
12/25/1936 - 7/17/1937 The Show is On (1936)
9/14/1936 - ? Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (1936)
1/30/1936 - 5/9/1936 Ziegfeld Follies of 1936 (1936)
9/19/1935 - ? At Home Abroad (1935)
6/4/1935 - ? Earl Carroll's Sketch Book [1935] (1935)
8/27/1934 - 3/16/1935 Life Begins at 8:40 (1934)
1/4/1934 - 6/9/1934 Ziegfeld Follies of 1934 (1934)
9/25/1933 - 12/9/1933 Hold Your Horses (1933)
4/9/1928 - 7/28/1928 The Greenwich Village Follies [1928] (1928)
11/15/1927 - 3/24/1928 Artists and Models [1927] (1927)
10/10/1927 - 11/12/1927 A Night in Spain (1927)
4/25/1927 - 10/8/1927 The Circus Princess (1927)
11/9/1926 - 4/9/1927 Gay Paree [1926] (1926)
5/18/1926 - 11/6/1926 The Great Temptations (1926)
6/24/1925 - 5/7/1926 Artists and Models [1925] (1925)
3/20/1925 - ? Sky High (1925)
1/7/1925 - 3/14/1925 Big Boy (1925)
9/3/1924 - 11/22/1924 The Passing Show of 1924 (1924)
5/20/1924 - 8/30/1924 Innocent Eyes (1924)
3/24/1924 - 5/17/1924 Artists and Models [1923] (1923)
1/14/1924 - 3/22/1924 Topics of 1923 (1923)
9/20/1923 - ? The Greenwich Village Follies [1923] (1923)
6/14/1923 - 9/15/1923 The Passing Show of 1923 (1923)
1/24/1923 - 5/12/1923 The Dancing Girl (1923)
9/20/1922 - 12/2/1922 The Passing Show of 1922 (1922)
7/6/1922 - 9/9/1922 Spice of 1922 (1922)
4/13/1922 - 7/1/1922 Make It Snappy (1922)
6/13/1921 - 9/17/1921 The Whirl of New York (1921)
12/29/1920 - 5/28/1921 The Passing Show of 1921 (1920)
9/29/1920 - 12/18/1920 Broadway Brevities of 1920 (1920)
6/24/1920 - 9/25/1920 Cinderella on Broadway (1920)
10/23/1919 - 6/5/1920 The Passing Show of 1919 (1919)
10/6/1919 - 10/18/1919 Shubert Gaieties of 1919 (1919)
9/8/1919 - 10/4/1919 Monte Cristo, Jr. (1919)
2/12/1919 - 8/6/1919 Monte Cristo, Jr. (1919)
11/11/1918 - ? Sinbad (1918)
7/25/1918 - 11/9/1918 The Passing Show of 1918 (1918)
2/14/1918 - 7/6/1918 Sinbad (1918)
10/18/1917 - 2/9/1918 Doing Our Bit (1917)
4/26/1917 - 10/13/1917 The Passing Show of 1917 (1917)
10/26/1916 - 4/21/1917 The Show of Wonders (1916)
6/22/1916 - 10/21/1916 The Passing Show of 1916 (1916)
2/17/1916 - 6/10/1916 Robinson Crusoe, Jr. (1916)
10/14/1915 - 1/22/1916 A World of Pleasure (1915)
5/29/1915 - 10/2/1915 The Passing Show of 1915 (1915)
2/18/1915 - 5/22/1915 Maid in America (1915)
10/10/1914 - 2/13/1915 Dancing Around (1914)
6/1/1914 - 9/3/1914 The Passing Show of 1914 (1914)
1/10/1914 - 5/30/1914 The Whirl of the World (1914)
11/3/1913 - 1/3/1914 The Pleasure Seekers (1913)
9/29/1913 - 11/1/1913 The Passing Show of 1913 (1913)
7/24/1913 - ? The Passing Show of 1913 (1913)
2/6/1913 - 6/14/1913 The Honeymoon Express (1913)
11/20/1912 - 1/25/1913 (From) Broadway to Paris (1912)
11/20/1911 - 2/24/1912 Vera Violetta (1911)
11/20/1911 - 2/24/1912 Undine (1911)
9/27/1911 - 11/11/1911 The Revue of Revues (1911)
3/15/1902 - 3/29/1902 The Belle of Broadway (1902)
1/27/1902 - 1/27/1902 Florodora (1902)
1/27/1902 - ? Florodora (1902)
12/23/1901 - 1/25/1902 The Supper Club (1901)
? - ? Ballet Espanol (unknown)