The Richard Rodgers Theatre was built by Irwin Chanin, and it originally opened as Chanin's 46th Street Theatre in 1925.
A number of different owners have operated the theatre. The Shubert brothers purchased the building in 1932, renaming it the 46th Street Theatre. Robert W. Dowling took over in 1945, producer Lester Osterman took the reigns in 1960, and producers Stephen R. Friedman and Irwin Meyer gained control in 1978.
The Nederlander Organization purchased and renovated the theatre in 1981, rechristening it in honor of the American composer Richard Rodgers (of Rodgers and Hammerstein) in 1990.
The Richard Rodgers Theatre is nearest to the 42nd Street - Times Square subway stop on the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S subway lines. Theatregoers can also take the the 1 line to the 50th Street station; or the N, R, or W lines the 49th Street station. All are located about four blocks from the theatre on 46th Street between Eighth Avenue and Broadway.
The nearest bus stop to the Richard Rodgers Theatre is 8th Ave/W 46th St. on the M20 and M104 lines.
The Richard Rodgers Theatre is located one block directly east of Restaurant Row, the stretch of 46th Street between Eighth and Ninth Avenues lined with a diverse array of restaurants. Some popular eateries there include Frankie and Johnnie's Steakhouse, Becco (Italian), Hold Fast (American), and Sushi of Gari 46 (Japanese).
Hamilton on Broadway plays the Richard Rodgers Theatre at 226 West 46th St. The Pulitzer- and Tony Award-winning hit by Lin-Manuel Miranda has been at the theatre since 2015. Hamilton holds the record for most Tony nominations in history (16), is the 26th-longest-running show in Broadway history, and is the longest-running show to ever play at the Rodgers.