by Chris Hale                                    Address:239 West 45th Street
6 July 2008                                                    New York, NY 10036
                                                                    Phone: 212-239-2820

 

   The Music Box Theatre, opened in 1921, is known for its “dainty, jewel-like qualities” and designed in the neo-Georgian style by architect Charles Howard Crane along with E. George Kiehler. The Music Box Theatre was built by the legendary Irving Berlin along with producer Sam H. Harris specifically for performances of the Music Box Revue which featured the popular songs of Irving Berlin. The Music Box Revue was performed for four years with a new show annually until, in 1925, its first play was performed starring Humphrey Bogart in Cradle Snatchers. The Music Box Theatre attracted several successful composers and playwrights of the day including Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. The box seats are known to be oversized and there’s a nicely decorated lounge on the lower level. The lobby features a commemorative display of the history of Irving Berlin at this theatre. The theatre seats 1009 and is owned by the Shubert Organization and the estate of Irving Berlin. At this theatre, notable performances include: Of Thee I Sing, Agnes of God, Dinner at Eight, A Few Good Men, Closer, Bus Stop, State Fair, Deathtrap, Picnic, I Remember Mama, The Homecoming, As Thousands Cheer, and recently the winner of 5 Tony Awards, August: Osage County.