Location: New York, New York
Address: 1535 Broadway
Capacity: approx 1615
The Marquis Theatre sits on Broadway on the former foundations of the Gaiety, Astor, Helen Hayes, Morosco and Bijou theatres and was considered one of the most modern theatres on Broadway when it opened in 1986. It was commissioned as an extension of the Marriott Marquis complex between 45th and 46th Streets and is the only Broadway theatre built specifically as part of a new hotel. The playhouse has a thoroughly modern style and features a number of contemporary improvements that have made it a preferred venue for actors and audiences alike.
With just over 1,600 seats, the theatre can accommodate large and small productions, and the tiered seating and ease of access make it surprisingly intimate. The theatre sits on the third floor of the hotel complex and boasts two large grand staircases that lead up to the mezzanine. In the lobby, the wall above the entryway is decorated with window cards from past productions to allow audiences to get in touch with the history of the building.
The new theatre opened with a concert by Shirley Bassey and George Kirby in July 1986, but the venue's theatrical opening took place in August with the debut of Me and My Girl. The show would turn out to be a huge success starring Robert Lindsay, who would win a Tony Award for his efforts. The show would go on to run for 1,420 performances and became the longest-running production in the Marquis' history. The theatre's next big hit came in 1994 with a revival of the 1955 musical Damn Yankees, starring Bebe Neuwirth, Victor Garber, Jarrod Emick and Dennis Kelly. It would receive a number of Tony nominations and a boost from comedian Jerry Lewis, who would replace Garber and extend the show's run to 533 performances. The Marquis would strike gold gain in 1999 with the premiere of Annie Get Your Gun, a revival of Irving Berlin's beloved musical starring Bernadette Peters as Annie Oakley. The show went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival and enjoyed a 1,045 performance run.
The Marquis Theatre may not have the storied roots of its counterparts, but it remains one of the preferred venues for Broadway directors and audiences alike. Its modern amenities, great location and unparalleled comfort make it one of the premier playhouses in the Big Apple.
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