by Chris Hale                           Address: 256 West 47th Street, 
7 July 2008                                            New York, NY  10036  
                                                            Phone: (212) 719-4099

   The Brooks Atkinson Theatre was built, in 1926, by the Chanin brothers with the designs of architect Herbert J. Krapp. This theatre was originally named the Mansfield Theatre after the American actor Richard Mansfield. This theatre wasn’t used until, in 1945, it was bought by Michael Myerberg and leased to CBS for various television productions. In 1960, the Mansfield Theatre was renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after the legendary New York Times theatre critic, and returned to its theatrical use. The theatre seats 1109 and is owned by the Nederlander Organization. The Brooks Atkinson Theatre was refurbished in 2000 bringing back the original chandelier that had been in storage for 40 years. The theatre has bar areas located in the mezzanine lobby where drinks and snacks can be purchased 30 minutes before showtime. Among the successful productions performed at this theatre include: Jane Eyre, Jackie Mason’s The World According to Me!, The Odd Couple (Nathan Lane/Matthew Broderick), the revival The Iceman Cometh, the revival Noises Off, the revival Wait Until Dark, the revival She Loves Me, Same Time Next Year, and the recent revival Grease.