Many of Broadway’s historic theaters share the fingerprints of the Shubert family, who established Broadway as a mecca for stage productions, and architect Herbert J. Krapp, who designed many of the legendary playhouses. The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre, located in midtown Manhattan, marked the first independent commission for the famed architect, as well as the first of many commissions for the Shuberts.
Upon its completion in 1917, the theater was opened as the Plymouth Theatre, and it joined the Booth, Shubert and Broadhurst theaters encompassing a full city block constructed by the Shubert family. The venue was renamed in 2005 after Schoenfeld, the late chairman of the Shubert Organization.
Unlike most theater openings of the time, the inaugural performance of Clare Kummer’s comedy A Successful Calamity wasn’t a new show, but rather one that was moved from the Booth Theatre next door. Over the years, the Schoenfeld has built a reputation around dramas and musicals, and it has hosted stand-out performances by Art Carney and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig in A Steady Rain, and Robert Cuccioli in Jekyll & Hyde, the longest-running production at the theater.
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is nestled in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district, and it’s surrounded by a variety of hotels, restaurants and bars. Visitors traveling into the city for a show have easy access by subway, cab or bus. For those driving, there are parking lots in the vicinity.
Children under age 4 are not admitted to performances. Visitors may not use cameras, recording devices, cellphones, beepers or other electronic devices during the performance. Outside food and drinks are also prohibited, although concessions are available for purchase.