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New Amsterdam Theatre

New Amsterdam Theatre
New Amsterdam Theatre is located in New York City
Location 214 W. 42nd St., New York, New York
Built (1903)
Architect Herts & Tallent
Architectural style exterior: Beaux-Arts
interior: Art Nouveau
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 80002664[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 10, 1980
Designated NYCL October 23, 1979
(exterior & interior)

The New Amsterdam Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 214 West 42nd Street between Seventh and Eighth Avenues in the Theater District of Manhattan, New York City, off of Times Square. It was built in 1902–1903 and was designed by the architecture firm of Henry Hertz and Hugh Tallant;[2] the Roof Garden, where more risqué productions were presented, and which is no longer extant, was added in 1904, designed by the same firm.[3][4] The remainder of the building was utilized for offices.[2]

From 1913 to 1927, the theatre was the home of the Eva LeGallienne's Civic Repertory Theatre were subsequent tenants. It was used as a movie theatre beginning in 1937, closed in 1985, and was leased by The Walt Disney Company and renovated by Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer in 1995–97 to be the flagship for Disney Theatrical Productions presentations on Broadway.[3]

Both the Beaux-Arts exterior and the Art Nouveau interior of the building are New York City landmarks, having been designated in 1979.[3][4] In addition, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Along with the Lyceum Theatre, also built in 1903, the New Amsterdam is the oldest surviving Broadway venue.


  • Construction and original run 1
  • Restoration 2
  • Box office record 3
  • Benefit events 4
  • References 5
  • Further reading 6
  • External links 7

Construction and original run


  • Official website
  • New Amsterdam Theatre at the Internet Broadway Database
  • Disney On Broadway Podcast: Olive Thomas: Disney's Resident Ghost
  • Broadway Theatre Guide with full show details for the New Amsterdam Theatre
  • Chronology at the New 42nd Street site
  • A collection of New Amsterdam memorabilia
  • "New Amsterdam Theatre (New York, N. Y.)" Museum of the City of New York (pictures)
  • "New Amsterdam Theatre" NYPL Digital Gallery (pictures)

External links

  • Henderson, Mary C. (1997). The New Amsterdam: The Biography of a Broadway Theatre. New York: Hyperion.  
  • Morrison, William (1999). Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture. Mineola, N.Y.: Dover Publications.  
  • Pearson, Marjorie (1979). New Amsterdam Theatre Designation Report (PDF). New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission. 
  • "The New Amsterdam Theatre". Architects' and Builders' Magazine. Vol. 5 (Old Series 36) No. 5: 186–192. February 1904.

Further reading

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  2. ^ a b c Alexander, Cathy. "New Amsterdam Theatre" in Jackson, Kenneth T. (ed.), (2010) The Encyclopedia of New York City (2nd edition). New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-11465-2, pp.888-89
  3. ^ a b c d e New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; Postal, Matthew A. (ed. and text); Dolkart, Andrew S. (text). (2009) Guide to New York City Landmarks (4th ed.) New York: John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-0-470-28963-1, p. 88
  4. ^ a b c  , p. 256
  5. ^ Waters, Theodore "The New Amsterdam Theatre: A triumph of the new art", Everybody's Magazine (July–December 1903) pp 488
  6. ^ : "Peixotto"The Jewish Encyclopedia
  7. ^ Neibaur, James L. "The Olive Thomas Collection". 
  8. ^ Parker, John (ed), Who's Who in the Theatre, 10th revised edition, London, 1947: 1429
  9. ^ Parker, John (ed), Who's Who in the Theatre, 10th revised edition, London, 1947: 1184
  10. ^ State Acquires Landmark Theater to Salvage While It Still Can
  11. ^ Kennedy, Shawn G.; Lesser, Ellen C. (May 12, 1995). "Disney and Developer Are Chosen To Build 42d Street Hotel Complex". New York Times. p. B2. Retrieved July 30, 2015. 
  12. ^
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The New Amsterdam has also hosted events benefitting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, including the annual Easter Bonnet Competition. In recent years, the benefit's honored guest has been centenarian Doris Eaton Travis, who originally performed on the New Amsterdam stage in the Ziegfeld Follies of 1919.

Benefit events

Aladdin, Disney's Tony Award-winning new musical comedy, broke the house record at the New Amsterdam Theatre for the week ending August 10, 2014, with a gross of $1,602,785.00. The previous record of $1,587,992.50 was set by Mary Poppins for the week ending December 30, 2007.[13]

Box office record

The theatre building in 2011, seen from the 9th floor of the New 42nd Street Building

The New Amsterdam was officially reopened on April 2, 1997. In November 1997, after the premiere of the film Hercules and a limited engagement of a concert version of King David, Disney's stage version of The Lion King opened. On June 4, 2006, The Lion King closed in The New Amsterdam Theatre, moving two blocks uptown to the Minskoff Theatre on June 13, 2006. Mary Poppins began previews at the New Amsterdam Theatre on October 16, 2006 and opened on November 16, 2006,[12] where it continued to run until March 3, 2013. The theatre was renovated to accommodate Disney's Aladdin, which was mounted in the theatre in 2014.

, was dilapidated; it would take several years, and millions of dollars, to restore it to its original usage and grandeur. The roof garden remained closed when it was discovered that it could not meet modern building codes. Vanya on 42nd Street The theatre, which had recently been used as a filming location for the movie [11] with Disney Development restoring the building.May 1995 signed a 49-year revenue based lease for the property in Disney Theatrical Productions [10] The


The crumbling, vacant theatre and surrounding buildings in 1985 before the renovation of 42nd Street.

A racier sister show of the Follies, the Midnight Frolics, played in the New Amsterdam's Roof Garden theatre. The New Amsterdam was the scene of Marilyn Miller's greatest triumphs in the musicals Sally (1920) and Sunny, which opened in September 1925 co-starring Clifton Webb as Harold Wendell-Wendell and ran for three seasons.[8] But the theatre also hosted serious productions, and in June 1927 Basil Rathbone appeared there as Cassius in Julius Caesar.[9]

The theatre opened in November 1903 with a production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. For many years, it hosted the Ziegfeld Follies, showcasing such talents as Fanny Brice, Eaton siblings and silent film star Olive Thomas whose ghost supposedly haunts the theatre.[7]

of 1,702. seating capacity and Albert G. Wenzel. At the time of construction, it was the largest theatre in New York, with a Roland Hinton Perry [6]

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