The Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

    261 West 47th Street
    New York, NY 10036

    • Prince of Broadway prince1

      Prince of Broadway is a new musical that features and celebrates the life and work of Harold Prince’s 60-year career as director. The musical will look at Prince’s turbulent and eventful life and career involving some of the most famous and influential theater such as West Side Story, Cabaret, Phantom of the Opera, Company and many more! The Gershwin Theatre The Lyric Theatre Share:

    • Saint Joan saint

      Saint Joan will be making its Broadway revival starring Condola Rashad as the famous title character in this epic tale of politics, visions, life, and death written by George Bernard Shaw. The Gershwin Theatre The Lyric Theatre Share:

    • The Children children2

      The Children is Lucy Kirkwood’s new play that follows two nuclear engineers, now retired and living a quiet life on the British seacoast when they get a surprise visit from an old friend. 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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