Located alongside the many celebrated playhouses that populate midtown Manhattan, the Eugene O’Neill originally opened as the Forrest Theatre in 1925. Built by the Shuberts, who put Broadway on the map, the theater was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp. Following a 14-year stint as the Coronet Theatre, the venue was renamed in honor of playwright Eugene O’Neill in 1959.
More than 2,000 performances have graced the stage at Eugene O’Neill Theatre including Tobacco Road, which holds the distinction of being its longest-running show. In 1999, Brian Dennehy and Elizabeth Franz won Tony Awards for their performances in the 50th-anniversary production of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. In addition to the success of The Book of Mormon, the theater has also played host to the acclaimed comedy The Full Monty and Fela!, a biography of Nigerian musical/political activist Fela Kuti, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Best Choreography.
With a capacity of just over 1,100, the O’Neill is known as a favorite of the midsize Broadway theaters. Most seats are available in the orchestra and mezzanine sections, and a limited number of standing-room-only tickets are available for each performance. Children ages 4 and older are admitted to performances, although parents should ensure that productions are age-appropriate for their children before purchasing tickets. Concessions are available for purchase at each performance. Merchandise is also available for purchase, allowing visitors to take home a souvenir of their experience.