Designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built by the Shuberts in 1917, the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre originally opened as the Plymouth Theatre in 1918. The theatre was leased to producer Arthur Hopkins, whose first production at the venue was the comedy A Successful Calamity, starring William Gillette and Estelle Winwood.
The Shuberts regained control of the theatre in 1948 after Hopkins passed away. The building became a designated New York landmark in 1987 and received its current name in 2005 to honor the late chairman of the Shubert Organization.
The theatre's architectural style is similar that of the Broadhurst Theatre on 44th Street, which directly abuts the Schoenfeld. Krapp designed both theatres, and they were built at the same time.
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is closest to the 42nd Street - Port Authority subway stop on the A, C, and E subway lines. The closest bus stops are 8th Ave/W 46th St. on the M20 and M104 lines; 7th Ave/W. 44th St. on the M104 line; and 8th Ave/W 43rd St. on the M20, M104, and M34A-SBS line.
The Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre is located one block southeast of Restaurant Row, the stretch of 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues lined with eateries serving various cuisines. Popular examples include Becco (Italian), Joe Allen (American), Le Rivage (French), and Jasmine's Caribbean Cuisine.
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