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The Biltmore Theater is a Broadway theatre. It is located at 261 West 47th Street. Broadway theatre is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ...

The Biltmore in 2002, before restoration.
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The Biltmore in 2002, before restoration.

The Biltmore was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and opened on December 7, 1925. With a seating capacity of 903, it was one of Broadway's smaller venues. The theatre hosted such productions as the groundbreaking musical Hair and Barefoot in the Park. Young Girl Fixing her Hair, by Sophie Gengembre Anderson Hair (latin pili) is a filamentous outgrowth of the skin found only in mammals. ... Barefoot in the Park is a comedy play by Neil Simon, about a young couple and their odd neighbors in their small apartment building in Greenwich Village, New York. ...


In 1987, a fire struck the Biltmore. The blaze, which was later determined to be an act of arson, ravaged the landmarked interior. After the fire, Biltmore would sit vacant for fourteen years, suffering more structural damage from water, vandals and intruders, while its owners tried to decide what to do with it. The theatre's ownership changed hands several times between 1987 and 2001; many different plans were proposed for its future use. The Skyline Parkway Motel in Afton, Virginia after an arson fire on July 9, 2004. ...


Finally, in 2001, the property was purchased by the Manhattan Theatre Club as a home for its Broadway productions. The Biltmore was completely rehabilitated. Surviving parts of the original theatre were restored and missing parts were reconstructed. With 622 seats the new Biltmore has a much lower capacity than the old, however, it also boasts conveniences such as elevators and meeting rooms.


The first production at the restore Biltmore, Richard Greenberg's The Violet Hour, opened on November 6, 2003. The next play, Shining City, is scheduled to begin previews on April 20, 2006. Richard Greenberg (1958-) is a Tony Award winning american playwright. ...


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