When the Chanin brothers built the Royale Theatre, known today as the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, the real estate moguls had a novel idea: They would create a three-theater complex, allowing producers to move shows to the appropriate-sized venue based on ticket sales. Architect Herbert J. Krapp designed the theaters in a modern Spanish style, and the interior of the Jacobs features two murals by Willy Pogany titled Lovers of Spain.
The venue has changed hands several times over the years, but it has retained its historic character and still stands alongside its sister theaters, the Majestic and the John Golden. It was renamed the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre in 2005 after the president of the Shubert Organization.
The curtain was raised at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre for the first time in 1927 with a production of the musical Piggy. The stage has hosted many notable plays and musicals over the years, including Whose Life Is It Anyway? starring Mary Tyler Moore and Speed the Plow, which marked pop star Madonna’s Broadway debut. More recently, the theater has been home to the musical Bandstand from Andy Blankenbuehler, winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Choreography and the 2016 Tony Award for Hamilton.
Tucked between Broadway and 8th Avenue in midtown Manhattan, the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre captures the essence of New York City’s legendary theater scene. Hotels and restaurants are plentiful in the vicinity. Orchestra, mezzanine and box seating is available in the intimate 1,000-seat venue. Wheelchair-accessible seating is available in the orchestra section. Children under age 4 are not admitted to performances.