Location: New York, New York
Address: 200 W. 45th St.
Capacity: approx 1700
The Minskoff Theatre is one of the premier venues for musical theatre in Manhattan, featuring a large performance hall that's built into the larger complex of One Astor Plaza. Constructed in 1973, the playhouse draws its name from Sam Minskoff and Sons, the owners of the larger structure, and was designed by the architectural firm Kahn and Jacobs. The theatre is refreshingly modern and boasts a number of world-class amenities. Upon entering the pedestrian arcade below, attendees can take one of two large escalators to the grand foyer where there bars, concessions and coat check stations are plentiful. Taking one of these escalators is an experience itself, as the theatre sits 35 feet above ground level and audience members can enjoy the stellar view through the glass facade as they make their way to their seats.
The playhouse opened on March 13, 1973 with a big-budget revival of the 1919 musical Irene, starring Debbie Reynolds, Patsy Kelly, Monte Markham, Janie Sell, Ruth Warrick, Carmen Alvarez and George S. Irving. The inaugural musical was a huge success for the theatre, as it ran for nearly 600 performances and garnered Irving a Tony Award for his fabulous performance. The venue continued to book large musicals and concerts, which would remain a staple of the theatre's future productions.
The Minskoff endured a series of short-lived productions after its initial smash, and wouldn't see acclaimed success again until 1984 when The Tap Dance Kid moved from the Broadhurst. The dance-driven musical won Tony Awards for Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Hinton Battle) and Best Choreography (Danny Daniels) and played for more than a year at the Minskoff. The playhouse's next big hit came in 1994 with the highly-anticipated opening of the Andrew Lloyd Webber production Sunset Boulevard, starring Glenn Close. The musical was inspired by the film of the same name, presenting a dark take on the world of Hollywood and following a has-been actress attempting her huge comeback. The production went on to win a slew of Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Leading Actress in a Musical and many more. It would run for 977 performances. In recent history, the Minskoff is best known for being converted into its own little slice of Africa, hosting the Disney blockbuster musical The Lion King, since 2006, which has gone on to become one of the longest-running productions in Broadway history.
The Minskoff Theatre is one of the more unique spots in the Broadway district that combines the acoustics and projection of a larger theatre with the modern amenities that audiences have come to expect.
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