The New Amsterdam Theatre was designed by Henry Hertz and Hugh Tallant. Construction began in 1902, and the venue officially opened on October 23, 1903. The inaugural production was William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.
From 1913 to 1927, the theatre housed the Ziegfeld Follies variety revue, which showcased such talents as Fanny Brice of Funny Girl fame. In 1937, the building became a cinema and ultimately closed its doors in 1985.
In May 1995, Disney Theatrical Productions signed a 49-year lease for the property and restored it to a traditional theatre. The building officially reopened on April 2, 1997, and the first show to play there was the Broadway premiere of Disney's The Lion King that October.
The closest subway stop to the New Amsterdam Theatre is 42nd Street - Times Square on the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S lines. The closest bus stops are 7th Av/W 42nd St. on the M42, SIM8, SIM8X, SIM22, SIM25, SIM26, and SIM30 lines and and 7th Av/W 41st St. on the M7, M20, and M104 lines.
Aladdin is at Broadway's New Amsterdam Theatre at 214 West 42nd Street. Disney's Aladdin has played the venue since 2014. The New Amsterdam Theatre is Disney's home base on Broadway, with Beauty and the Beast and Mary Poppins having also played there.