The Imperial Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 249 West 45th Street (George Abbott Way) in midtown-Manhattan. The theatre seats up to 1417 people.For Imperial Theatre and beyond, use our New York City trip itinerary builder app to get the most from your New York City vacation.
The Shubert Organization's fiftieth venue in New York City, it was constructed to replace their outdated Lyric Theatre. Designed by Herbert J. Krapp specifically to accommodate musical theatre productions, it opened on December 25, 1923 with the Oscar Hammerstein II-Vincent Youmans production Mary Jane McKane. Since then, it has hosted numerous important musicals, including Annie Get Your Gun (1946), Fiddler on the Roof (1964), Dreamgirls (1981), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (1985) and Les Misérables (1990), which played at the theatre until 2003. Billy Elliot the Musical played at the theatre from November 2008 until January 2012.
Among the famed 20th-century composers and lyricists whose works were housed here are Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Irving Berlin, Harold Rome, Frank Loesser, Lionel Bart, Bob Merrill, Stephen Sondheim, Jule Styne, E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen, and George and Ira Gershwin. Performers who have graced the stage include Ethel Merman, Gertrude Lawrence, John Gielgud, Clifton Webb, Montgomery Clift, Mary Boland, Ray Bolger, Desi Arnaz, Lucie Arnaz, Mike Tyson, Mary Martin, Zero Mostel, Danny Kaye, Davy Jones, Jerry Orbach, Shelley Winters, Bernadette Peters, Ben Vereen, George Rose, Hugh Jackman, John Lithgow, Nikki M. James, Matthew Broderick, and Josh Groban. It is also the venue of the first Ms. Globe Pageant in 1951.
Tours To Imperial Theatre
Broadway: 'Ain't Too Proud The Life and Times of the Temptations' BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $67
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Imperial Theatre Reviews
Very nice theatre, Ain’t To Proud absolutely fantastic show. Like the intimate old theatres, stage and acoustics added to the performance more »
Show was great, not sure if there was only one men's bathroom, but the line was very long and it took almost the whole intermission to go. Other than that... Another beautiful theater in the Theater..... more »
I went to see Broadway Show, "Ain't Too Proud" the story of the Temptations on April 5th. The show was captivating with high energy songs and dance moves. It focused on important elements of each of the Temptations personal life story as each of their stories related to their group experience. It also featured songs of other Motown groups and focused on their relationships with other Motown artists and executives. It was a terrific show, and I had a good view even from the upper mezzanine where I was seated. I highly recommend it to everyone!
A great Broadway venue. We purchase least cost ticket at most events. Got the third row from the last row in the balcony here. At Imperial Theatre, the experience is as good or even better and more comfortable than orchestra floor seats.Just dress lighter than the outside weather may dictate. Remember, hot air rises... In all the seasons.
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