Location: New York, New York
Address: 242 W. 45th St.
Capacity: approx 1100
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre was named after the Shubert Organization's longtime leader in 2005, but it has enjoyed an illustrious history dating back to its opening in 1927. It was one of three new theatres built by the Chanin Brothers, holding just over 1,000 people, and was designed by renowned architect Herbert J. Krapp. Unlike many of the buildings on Broadway, the theatre was built in the modern Spanish style, with two breathtaking murals on opposite sides of the great performance hall and a pair of large arched balconies framing each side of the stage. The classic venue has been commended for its ample legroom, stunning acoustics and ease of access to concessions and restrooms. It has been known as the John Golden Theatre and Royale Theatre over the course of its history, but it has found a permanent home with actors and theatregoers as the Jacobs Theatre.
The theatre's first production, a musical comedy called Piggy, started off slow and ran for 79 performances, even after the director changed the name of the play to I Told You So. Due to the venue's wonderful sound quality and cozy confines, the space soon became home to a number of groundbreaking musicals, although a fair share of dramas left audiences at the edge of their seats as well. While a few productions made it big with extended showings, the Jacobs Theatre typically hosted about one or two productions every year, giving its guests plenty to enjoy.
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre has also witnessed some of the biggest milestones in Broadway history. It was home to Julie Andrews' Broadway debut in The Boy Friend in 1955 and the famed James Dean and Geraldine Page play The Immoralist in 1954. Perhaps the theatre's greatest success is securing the transfer of Grease in 1972, which would go on to become one of the longest-running shows on Broadway. Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat would be another huge smash in 1982, which would be followed bySong and Dance in 1985.
The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre remains one of the enduring relics of the golden age of stage productions. The impressive talent from years past and in the future will continue to take advantage of the grandiose setting of the old building to mesmerize audiences for years to come.
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