Built on the site of the historic Capitol Theatre by Harold and Percy Uris, and designed by Ralph Alswang, the Gershwin Theatre opened on November 28, 1972 as the Uris Theatre.
The premiere production was the musical Via Galactica, starring Raul Julia. The Gershwin has served as a traditional theatre for the majority of its existence, though the venue was a concert hall from 1974 to 1976.
The theatre was renamed to honor composer and lyricist duo George and Ira Gershwin during the 37th Tony Awards on June 5, 1983. The Gershwin has the largest seating capacity on Broadway at 1,933 seats, and it houses the American Theatre Hall of Fame in its lobby.
The Gershwin Theatre is closest to the 50th Street subway stops on the C, E, and 1 lines. The theatre is also equidistant from the 7th Ave/W 50th St. and 8th Ave/W 50th St. bus stops on the M50 line.
Popular restaurants near the Gershwin Theatre include Junior's (American), Saar (Indian), Lillie's Victorian Establishment (British/pub food), and The Blue Dog (American). Across Broadway is Ellen's Stardust Diner, a New York institution famous for its singing waitstaff.
Wicked on Broadway plays the Gershwin Theatre at 222 West 51st St. The musical has played there since its opening in 2003, and Wicked has since become the fifth longest running Broadway show of all time.