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Encyclopedia > Music Box Theatre
Music Box Theatre, showing Deuce, May 2007
Music Box Theatre, showing Deuce, May 2007
Music Box Theatre (entrance)
Music Box Theatre (interior view)
Music Box Theatre (interior view)

The Music Box Theater is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 239 West 45th Street in midtown-Manhattan. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 722 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2891 × 2400 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 722 × 599 pixelsFull resolution (2891 × 2400 pixel, file size: 2. ... Deuce is a play by Terrence McNally currently playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 569 pixelsFull resolution (3018 × 2148 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 569 pixelsFull resolution (3018 × 2148 pixel, file size: 2. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... A theater or theatre is a structure where theatrical works or plays are performed or other performances such as musical concerts may be given. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ...


The most aptly named theater on Broadway, the intimate Music Box was designed by architect C. Howard Crane and constructed by composer Irving Berlin and producer Sam H. Harris specifically to house Berlin's famed Music Box Revues. It opened in 1921 and hosted a new musical production every year until 1925, when it presented its first play, Cradle Snatchers, starring Humphrey Bogart. The following year, Chicago, the Maurine Dallas Watkins play that served as the basis for the hit musical, opened here. It housed a string of hits for the playwriting team of George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, from their first collaboration Once in a Lifetime to their smash hit The Man Who Came to Dinner. Cole Porter and George and Ira Gershwin also presented shows here. For other uses, see Architect (disambiguation). ... Charles Howard Crane 1885-1952 Designed the United Artist theater in Detroit and many other theaters in Detroit. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an American actor. ... Maurine Dallas Watkins (July 27, 1896 - August 10, 1969) was an American journalist and playwright. ... George Simon Kaufman (November 16, 1889 - June 2, 1961) was an American playwright, director, producer, humorist, and drama critic noted for his many collaborations with other writers and his contributions to 20th century American comedy. ... Moss Hart (October 24, 1904 – December 20, 1961) was an American playwright and director of plays and musical theater. ... Once in a Lifetime is a song by Talking Heads, off their album Remain in Light. ... The Man Who Came to Dinner, comedy in three acts written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart that debuted on October 16, 1939 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City. ... Cole Albert Porter (June 9, 1891 – October 15, 1964) was an American composer and songwriter from Peru, Indiana. ... “Gershwin” redirects here. ... Ira Gershwin (6 December 1896 – 17 August 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. ...


In the 1950s, playwright William Inge found a home at the Music Box, where he had success with Picnic, Bus Stop, and The Dark at the Top of the Stairs. William Motter Inge (May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American playwright and novelist, whose works feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. ... Picnic is a 1953 play by William Inge. ... Bus Stop is a 1955 play by William Inge. ... Dark at the Top of the Stairs is a 1960 film with Shirley Winters. ...


One of the smaller Broadway houses, with a seating capacity of 860, the theater was co-owned by Berlin's estate and the Shubert Organization until the latter assumed full ownership in 2007. Its box seats are notable for being unusually large and round, and Dame Edna lovingly described them as "ashtrays" during her successful run there. The lobby features a plaque and wall exhibit commemorating its rich history. Shubert Theatre, Boston The Shubert Organization was founded by the Shubert brothers, Sam Shubert, Lee Shubert, and Jacob J. Shubert of Syracuse, New York in the late 19th century in upstate New York, entering into New York City productions in 1900. ... Dame Edna Everage is a character played by Barry Humphries. ...


Other notable productions

Deuce is a play by Terrence McNally currently playing on Broadway at the Music Box Theatre. ... The Farnsworth Invention is a screenplay (re-written as a stage play) by Aaron Sorkin. ... The Vertical Hour is a play by David Hare. ... Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is a Tony-nominated play by Tennessee Williams. ... Bates and Langella on the poster for the 2002 Broadway production Fortunes Fool is a play by Ivan Turgenev. ... The Dinner Party is a one-act play, which tells the story of 6 unknowing guests who are invited to a dinner party with no clue as to its purpose. ... Playbill, 1981 For other uses, see Amadeus (disambiguation). ... Cover of the diarys Definitive Edition, 1995. ... State Fair is a musical with a book by Tom Briggs and Louis Mattioli, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, and music by Richard Rodgers. ... For other uses, see Blood Brothers (disambiguation). ... A Few Good Men, a play by Aaron Sorkin, was acclaimed on Broadway and was subsequently made into a successful film in 1992. ... Les Liaisons dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a famous French epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos, first published in 1782. ... Agnes of God is a play by John Pielmeier which tells the story of a novice nun who gives birth, insisting that the dead child was the result of a virgin birth. ... Ira Levin (born August 27, 1929 in New York) is an American author of fiction thriller novels and is also a playwright and songwriter. ... Poster for the original Broadway production Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue featuring the songs of prolific Broadway and film composer Stephen Sondheim. ... Absurd Person Singular is a 1972 play by Alan Ayckbourn. ... Sleuth is a 1970 Tony Award-winning play by Anthony Shaffer. ... The Homecoming is a play by Harold Pinter, first published in 1965. ... Hepburn, Crenna, Arkin and Weston Wait Until Dark is a 1966 film which tells the story of a blind woman terrorized by three criminals searching for drugs in her apartment. ... Any Wednesday is a 1966 comedy film directed by Robert Ellis Miller, starring Jason Robards, Jane Fonda and Dean Jones. ... Five Finger Exercise is a 1962 drama film made by Columbia Pictures. ... Separate Tables is the collective name of two one-act plays written by Sir Terence Rattigan, both taking place in the Beauregard Private Hotel, Bournemouth, a seaside town on the south coast of England. ... Howard Teichman and George S. Kaufman pillory big business and big businessmen in this adaptation of their Broadway play. ... Lost in the Stars is a 1949 musical with book and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson and music by Kurt Weill, based on the novel Cry, the Beloved Country (1948) by Alan Paton (1903-1988). ... Summer and Smoke is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a lonely, unmarried ministers daughter who is courted by a former love, a wild, undisciplined doctor. ... DVD Cover with original film poster For the Broadway musical of the same title, see I Remember Mama. ... Of Mice and Men is a novella by Nobel Prize winning author John Steinbeck, first published in 1937, which tells the tragic story of George Milton and Lennie Small, two displaced Anglo migrant ranch workers in California during the Great Depression. ... Stage Door is a 1937 film that tells the story of several would-be actresses who live together in a single boarding house. ... Merrily We Roll Along is a play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, and a musical loosely based on it by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. ... As Thousands Cheer is a Broadway revue that opened September 30, 1933, with music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and book by Moss Hart. ... Dinner at Eight is a 1932 Broadway play written George S. Kaufman and Edna Ferber. ... Of Thee I Sing is a musical set in the White House, with music and lyrics by George and Ira Gershwin, to a book by George S. Kaufman and Morrie Ryskind. ...

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