Location: New York, New York
Address: 205 W. 46th St.
Capacity: approx 1500
The Lunt-Fontanne opened in 1910 and was originally named The Globe as an homage to Shakespeare's famous theatre. It was built by producer Charles B. Dillingham, who hired the well-renowned architects Carrère and Hastings to design the structure. The building was years ahead of its time, with space for just over 1,500 attendees and a retractable roof to allow cool air to come in during the summer. It was decorated in the Italian Renaissance style, with walls decked out in gold, blue and ivory and initial theatregoers remarked at its large stage and cozy auditorium that allowed them to feel like they were a part of the action. After an extensive renovation in the mid-1950s, the theatre reopened in 1958 and was renamed the Lunt-Fontanne in honor of one of the biggest husband and wife acting partnerships on the Broadway scene. Visitors to the theatre can even enjoy a few photos of the couple from their private collection in the theatre's lobby.
The playhouse opened its doors in January of 1910 with the musical The Old Town, which was composed and written by Gustav Luders and George Ade. The production received rave reviews from critics and it went on to run for an impressive 166 performances. With the large seating capacity of the venue and its fabulous acoustics, it has become a preferred spot for large-scale musicals and other grand productions.
The Lunt-Fontanne has hosted a number of hit musicals over the years and it has been a locale that has seen its fair share of Broadway interpretations of classic films. In the late 1950s, the playhouse hosted the Tony Award-winning musical The Sound of Music, starring Mary Martin. The Rodgers and Hammerstein show would go onto run for 1,443 performances. The Lunt-Fontanne received its biggest hit in late 1999 when the Disney musical Beauty and the Beast, moved from the Palace Theatre. It would go on to run for just over eight years and 5,461 performances. The venue has also hosted Disney hits such as Peter Pan and The Little Mermaid, securing its place as one of the ideal venues to host big-budget musical productions.
The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre has gone through a number of changes over the past few decades, but it remains one of the best places to capture the excitement and thrills of a Broadway musical.
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