New York, NY 10036
The Palace Theatre opened in 1913 and until the 1930s it was the most prestigious vaudeville theatre in the country. This venue has housed numerous famous performers including Will Rogers, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Jerry Lewis, Bette Midler, and Diana Ross. The Nederlanders converted it into a legitimate theatre in 1965 for the opening of the musical Sweet Charity by Neil Simon, Cy Coleman, and Dorothy Fields and starring Gwen Verdon. In the 1970s, the Palace housed the musical hit Applause by Betty Comden and Adolph Green (with Lauren Bacall). The musical successfully ran here for eighteen months. Two successful productions of the 1980s were the Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein musical La Cage aux Folles (with George Hearn and Gene Barry) and the musical The Woman of the Year. In 1994, the theatre housed Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, which was followed by their musical Aida. The Palace Theatre is one of the Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.