The George Gershwin Theatre, located at 222 West 51st Street in New York City, was originally built as the Uris Theatre in 1972. It was the first theatre built on Broadway since 1928 and it is currently the largest theatre on Broadway. It was designed by Ralph Alswang and opened November 28, 1972 with the musical Via Galactica. The Empire State Building (right) and the Chrysler Building (left) are easily recognized symbols of New York City to the world. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... A view of Broadway in 1909 Broadway, as the name implies, is a wide avenue in New York City, and is the oldest north-south main thoroughfare in the city, dating to the first New Amsterdam settlement. ... 1928 (MCMXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... November 28 is the 332nd day (333rd on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...
The name of the theatre was changed to the Gershwin Theatre on June 5, 1983 during the Tony Awards ceremony to honor composer George Gershwin. It is run by Nederlander and Oestreicher. Most recently, the theatre has been the home of the acclaimed musical Wicked. June 5 is the 156th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (157th in leap years), with 209 days remaining. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... What is popularly called the Tony Award® but is formally the Antoinette Perry Award is an annual American award celebrating achievements in theater, including musical theater. ... George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927. ... Wicked is a musical that premiered on Broadway at the George Gershwin Theatre on October 30, 2003. ...
Gershwin produced serious works that were daring for their time but which today have become classics of piano, orchestral, and opera literature.
GeorgeGershwin, named Jacob Gershovitz at his birth on September 26, 1898, was the second of four children born to Morris and Rose Gershovitz, Russian immigrants who had married in America.
George's brother Ira (older by two years) was expected to become the musician in the family, but George surprised his parents when he appropriated the piano his mother purchased for Ira when he was twelve, and George was given piano lessons as well as his brother.
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