by Chris Hale                          Address: 236 West 45th Street
5 July 2008                                           New York, NY 10036 
                                                          (between Broadway & 8th Ave.)                                                            Phone: 212-239-2820   

   The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre was built by the Shuberts, in 1917, and was formerly named the Plymouth Theatre. In 2005, it was renamed the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre after the chairman of the Shubert Organization. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp and was his first independent commission. The facades of this theatre, with  patterned brick and terra cotta, reflects the less expensive style that Herbert J. Krapp incorporated into his design in order to blend in with the neighboring theatres, the Shubert and Booth Theatres. In addition, the lavish Adamesque interiors became one of the noted designs of Herbert J. Krapp. In 1987, the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre (the Plymouth Theatre) was named a New York City landmark. The theatre seats 1079. At this theatre, successful productions performed were: the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Heidi Chronicles, Translations, Jekyll & Hyde, Passion, a revival of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Taboo, Ain’t Misbehavin’Godspell and the long running Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical A Chorus Line.  
   When attending a play at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, a nearby theatre district dining favorite is Carmine’s located at 200 W 44th Street. Call for reservations at (212) 221-3800. This family oriented restaurant serves large portions of Italian food in a friendly atmosphere.