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  • How I Learned To DriveHow I Learned To Drive

    Reuniting Tony Award winner Mary-Louise Parker (Proof) and Tony nominee David Morse (The Iceman Cometh) for the Broadway debut of Paula Vogel’s Pulitzer-winning play.  A thrilling, timely, and moving memory play about a woman coming to terms with a charismatic uncle who impacts her past, present and future life.

  • Lackawanna BluesLackawanna Blues

    Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson returns to MTC for the Broadway debut of his brilliant solo play celebrating the strong, big-hearted woman who raised him: Miss Rachel.  

  • Skeleton CrewSkeleton Crew

    Tony Award winner and five-time Emmy Award nominee Phylicia Rashad will return to Broadway this winter in Manhattan Theatre Club’s Broadway premiere of Skeleton Crew, written by Tony Award nominee Dominique Morisseau and directed by Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson.

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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