The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

    261 West 47th Street
    New York, NY 10036

    • Jitney jitney2

      Jitney is the first of August Wilson’s plays that are part of the American Century Cycle. The story follows a group of young men driving unlicensed cabs. The Gershwin Theatre The Lyric Theatre Share:

    • The Little Foxes foxes1

      Lillian Hellman’s riveting drama The Little Foxes stars Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon as Regina and Birdie Hubbard, alternating these roles for the duration of the run. The Little Foxes is set in Alabama around the turn of the twentieth century as tensions in the Hubbard clan continue to rise. The Gershwin Theatre The Lyric Theatre Share:

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    On December 7, 1925, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened as the Biltmore.  It was renamed in 2008 in honor of the Broadway publicist, Samuel J. Friedman. On December 7, 1925, the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened as the Biltmore. It was renamed in 2008 in honor of the Broadway publicist, Samuel J. Friedman.

    The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre opened on December 7, 1925 as the Biltmore with the play Easy Come Easy Go. Architect Herbert J. Krapp designed it for Irwin Chanin.  Originally, it had 903 seats and was one of Broadway’s smaller houses.  The Federal Theatre’s Living Newspaper project used the venue in the 1930s.  From 1952 until 1961, CBS rented it out as a radio and television studio.  The rock musical Hair opened at the theatre in 1968.  In 1987, a fire destroyed the interior.  The venue sat unused for fourteen years and endured more damage from vandalism and water.  Manhattan Theatre Club obtained the venue in 2001 to house its productions.  The theatre was restored and rebuilt with 650 seats.  On September 4, 2008, the venue was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre in honor of the Broadway publicist.

    After a fire hit the theatre in 1987 destroying the interior, the Samuel J. Friedman sat unused for fourteen years until it was restored and reconstructed in 2001. After a fire hit the theatre in 1987 destroying the interior, the Samuel J. Friedman sat unused for fourteen years until it was restored and reconstructed in 2001.

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