One of Broadway’s premier venues, the Richard Rodgers Theatre is a popular destination for major musical productions and stage plays. Built in the 1920s by prominent architect Irwin Chanin, it was the first theater to feature a “democratized” entrance, which means that everyone watching a show entered in one door. (At the time, theaters had separate entrances for the orchestra, mezzanine and balcony sections.) Originally called the 46th Street Theatre, it was renamed the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 1990, in honor of Richard Rodgers, producer of some of the most popular musicals on Broadway. The Richard Rodgers Gallery, a permanent exhibit in the lobby, showcases details from Rodgers’ life and works.
The historic theater has been the home of a long line of famous musicals including Damn Yankees, Guys and Dolls, Chicago, Footloose and Romeo and Juliet. The smash hit Hamilton: An American Musical, which has broken box office records, is one of the theater’s most recent smash hits.
For theatergoers taking the subway, the 50th Street station is closest to the theater. There are also a number of bus stops nearby. There’s a wide range of hotels in the vicinity along with popular attractions like the Museum of Modern Art, Times Square and Rockefeller Center.