The Gershwin Theatre is Broadway's largest theater, with a capacity of nearly 2,000. Though now dedicated to the legendary Gershwin brothers, it was originally named for the Uris Buildings Corporation which constructed it atop the site of the former Capitol Theatre. Despite these numerous twists and turns, this site remains a stalwart on the Broadway scene. Home to the American Theater Hall of Fame and hosting musicals, dance companies, concerts, and more, the Gershwin lives up to its name as a purveyor of all things theatrical.

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About Gerswhin Theatre

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  • The Gershwin Theatre has a capacity of over 1,900 split across two sections. Most of its seating is in the Orchestra, while the Mezzanine houses over 600 seats.
  • The middle front seats of the Center Orchestra are premium seats that offer an unobstructed view of the stage. The Center Mezzanine also offers stunning views, giving you a clearer view of larger dance numbers, such as those in Wicked.
  • Seats toward the rear of both sections and toward the ends of rows tend to be priced better but have restricted sight lines. The corner seats offer the best legroom.
  • Designated wheelchair-accessible and companion seating are available in both sections and are accessible via elevators and escalators. The front of the Orchestra is not accessible via elevators or escalators.
  • The main lobby elevator is strictly designated for guests with disabilities. In addition to access to designated seating, this elevator can also be used to reach the wheelchair-accessible restroom on the second floor and the fourth-floor Mezzanine restrooms which have wide stalls and are accessible without steps.
  • Water fountains are present in the Rear Orchestra and Front Mezzanine.
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  • Address: 222 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, United States
  • Bus: Bus lines M50, M20, M104, BXM2, M7, M11, and more all go by the Gershwin Theatre. The nearest bus stop to the theater is the New York, NY 850 8th Avenue. It is on the northeast corner of 51st Street, in front of the Dunkin Donuts store, and is a 2-minute walk from the theater entrance.
  • Subway: To get to the Gershwin Theatre by subway, ride the B, D, F, or M trains to 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, the 1 or 9 trains to 42nd Street and Broadway, or take the N, Q, R, or W trains to 42nd Street and 7th Avenue. The nearest station is the 50th Street Station, located on the corner of West 50 Street and 8th Avenue.
  • Cars and cabs: Cabs can take you directly to the theater from any part of New York and are an easy way to get there, albeit more costly than the other options. Patrons may choose to drive there themselves, in which case they may make use of one of the nearby parking garages. We recommend arriving at least 40 minutes before your show’s start time to avoid delays getting in.
  • Parking: Times Square is home to plenty of parking garages. The ABM Parking Services lot, located adjacent to the Gershwin, offers discounted rates for Wicked patrons who arrive with a printed discount coupon. Icon Parking also has multiple lots within walking distance of the theater. Patrons may use the ParkWhiz app to stay updated on show-day prices, as these may vary day-to-day.
  • Recommended mode of transport: We recommend using the subway for an easy, cost-efficient, and delay-free way to reach the Gershwin Theatre.

Frequently asked questions about Gerswhin Theatre

What is the biggest Broadway Theatre?

The Gershwin Theatre, with over 1,900 seats, is the largest theater on Broadway.

How old is the Gershwin Theatre in New York?

The venue is over 50 years old. Originally the Uris, it was renamed the Gershwin Theatre in 1983.

When was the Gershwin Theatre built?

The theater was constructed in 1972.

Who is the Gershwin Theatre named after?

The Uris Buildings Corporation constructed the theater in their name originally. In 1983, it was renamed at the 37th Tony Awards in honor of the musical-writing brothers Ira and George Gershwin, whose contributions to the world of music and theater could never be overstated. George sadly passed away in 1937, long before his time. Ira's death came in 1983, just two months after the Gershwin Theatre was renamed in the brothers' honor. The theater now stands as a monument both to the art of theater and the art of musical composition.

What is the address of the Gershwin Theatre?

222 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019, United States.

How do I reach the Gershwin Theatre?

The theater is accessible via subway and bus, with both stands located within walking distance. Patrons may also reach the theater via car or taxi.

Who owns Gershwin Theatre?

The theater is owned and operated by the Nederlander Organization.

How many seats are in the Gershwin Theatre?

The theater has a capacity of nearly 2,000 with seats split across two sections. Its capacity has continued to grow over the years and it now stands as the largest theater on Broadway.

Are children allowed at the Gershwin Theatre?

Patrons aged 5 and above are permitted entry into the theater. Children under 5 are not allowed out of respect to the other patrons.

Is the Gershwin Theatre accessible to people with special needs?

Yes, the theater offers designated and accessible seating for patrons with varying levels of mobility. It also provides assistive devices and tools for vision and hearing needs. An accessible restroom is located on the second floor, while the restrooms on the fourth are adapted to some extent.

What shows have played at the Gershwin Theatre?

The theater has staged a variety of productions in its time. This includes concerts from Sammy Davis Jr., Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, and Yanni, musicals such as Gigi, Mame, Singin' in the Rain, and Show Boat, and plays like Much Ado About Nothing. Its current show is Wicked, which has run at the theater since 2003.

Has Wicked always been at the Gershwin Theatre?

The original production of Wicked, starring Idina Menzel and Kristen Chenoweth, premiered on Broadway at the Gershwin Theatre in 2003. The multi-award-winning musical is Broadway's fourth-longest-running show.

What should I wear to Gershwin Theatre?

There is no dress code for this theater. Patrons are nonetheless encouraged to dress comfortably and appropriately, refraining from wearing outfits that might be inflammatory, such as any that feature hate language or imagery. The theater is air-conditioned in summer months and patrons might consider bringing a sweater along.

How much do Gershwin Theatre tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary based on the show, date, timing, seating, season, and more. Tickets for Wicked start at $96.50.

What are the best seats in the Gershwin Theatre?

The best views in the house are in the Center Orchestra. The front and center seats of the Mezzanine offer similar views albeit at a slight distance. This might limit your ability to see expressions more clearly, but gives you a clearer view of the ensemble numbers. Seats at the ends of the rows in the corners tend to have restricted sight lines but offer more legroom.

Does Gershwin Theatre have food?

The theater serves beverages and snacks including soft drinks, alcoholic drinks, cocktails, water, candy, and more at its four bars located on both its floors. They start serving patrons 45 minutes before shows start and during intermissions. Patrons may pre-order drinks for their intermission before their show starts.

Are there any dining options available near the Gershwin Theatre?

There are plenty of good options if you're looking for a quick bite or a meal near the theater. McHale's Pub & Grill is a relaxed sports bar where you can grab a drink and some pub grub before your show. For cuisine-specific eateries, try the Mexican menu at Toloache or the Brazilian menu at Churrascaria Plataforma.

What are some attractions or things to do near the Gershwin Theatre?

Located inside Paramount Plaza, the Gershwin sits nestled between Broadway theaters all playing the most lauded modern productions. Just beyond them, however, are sights that include the Rockefeller, Birdland Jazz Club, Times Square, and experiences ranging from escape rooms to bookstores and observation decks overlooking the city. Additionally, if you're into theater history and architecture, the Times Square Church is an interesting spot that was previously the Mark Hellinger Theatre. Out of respect for the landmark, the Church opted not to alter it and conducted its services in the former venue's stunning interiors.

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