by Chris Hale                                    Address: 1681 Broadway
7 July 2008                                                     New York, NY 10019
                                                                     Phone: 212-239-6200  

   The Broadway Theatre was built, in 1924, by B.S. Moss with architect Eugene DeRosa and was originally named the B. S. Moss’s Colony. Originally designed as a film house, with a spacious orchestra pit to accompany the silent films, this large theatre seats 1765. Architect Eugene DeRosa designed both the exterior and interior in the Italian Renaissance style. In 1928, audiences at this film house were first introduced to Mickey Mouse in the Walt Disney film Steamboat Willie. In 1939, the theatre premiered Disney’s Fantasia to the delight of the audiences. It was in 1939 that the Shubert Organization purchased the Broadway Theatre and renovated it three times in 1939, 1956, and 1986. In the 1940’s it was primarily used for theatrical productions. In 1990, the Broadway Theatre was renovated again for the long-running show Miss Saigon. The Broadway Theatre has been a popular location for many musicals over the years because of its large seating capacity and large stage that is nearly sixty feet deep. Among the popular performances at this theatre includes: Irving Berlin’s This Is the Army, Gypsy (Ethel Merman), Yul Brynner’s farewell performances of The King and I, the debut of Evita, the revival of Zorba, Les Miserables, Mame, West Side Story, Funny Girl, Kiss Me Kate, South Pacific,Cabaret, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, La Bohème, The Color Purple, and the current extravagant hit Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy.