Gershwin Theatre Tickets
Originally named Uris Theatre after the Uris brothers’ construction company Uris Buildings Corporation, the Gershwin Theatre opened in 1972. The theatre was the first Broadway theatre built since 1928, marking more than four decades since the construction of the previous Broadway theatre. The theatre was designed in the art nouveau style by Ralph Alswang, a set, lighting, and costume designer on more than 70 original Broadway productions and nearly 30 additional Broadway productions. The Uris Theatre was renamed during the Tony Awards in 1983 in honor of the Gershwin brothers, composer George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin, who created more than a dozen Broadway shows including Porgy and Bess.
The Gershwin Theatre is the largest of all Broadway theaters, with a seating capacity just under 2,000. Its size makes it ideal for large musicals. The Gershwin Theatre has welcomed many stars to its stage, among them Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Rudolf Nureyev, and Margot Fonteyn.
The Gershwin Theatre is also home of the American Theater Hall of Fame, which is located in an oval room in the lobby area of the theatre. The American Theater Hall of Fame features the names of playwrights, actors, directors, producers, designers, composers, and lyricists who have made a lasting contribution to the American Theater with at least 25 years and five major credits on Broadway. Their names are displayed on plaques to be hung in the American Theater Hall of Fame for visitors to recognize.
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
The Gershwin Theatre is located between Broadway and 8th Avenue at 222 West 51st Street. There are several parking garages within walking distance of the Gershwin Theatre. The closest is the Icon Parking garage just a minute’s walk away on West 51st Street. The Gershwin Theatre is also within walking distance of several hotels and most of the major subway lines, including the A, C, E, N, Q, R, B, D, F, M, 1, 2, 3, 7, and S trains.
There is one elevator in the Gershwin Theatre located in the main lobby area. This elevator is reserved for use by guests with disabilities only. Two wheelchair accessible seats and two companion seats are available in the Orchestra section of the Gershwin Theatre. These seats are located in the last row of the Orchestra section (Row ZZ). The Orchestra section is located on the third floor of the building, accessible by the main lobby elevator, but all other seats require the use of steps to access. The Gershwin Theatre has theatre representatives available to guide guests with disabilities to the elevator or other wheelchair accessible areas of the theatre. Guide dogs and service animals are the only animals allowed in the Gershwin Theatre.
Sound augmentation headsets are available for use in the theatre at no charge. A driver’s license or ID is required as a deposit. Hand-held captioning I-Caption devices are available for deaf or hearing-impaired guests. There is also an “Audio Description For Our Patrons Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted” service at the Gershwin Theatre. ShowTrans Systems translation service is available in German, Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Japanese. For ShowTrans commentary rental is available on the second floor of the building for a $10.00 fee.
One wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the second floor of the Gershwin Theatre. The fourth floor restrooms contain wide stalls in both the male and female restrooms for easy access.
Now On: Wicked
Based on Gregory Maguire’s 1995 novel, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, this prequel to the classic story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz tells the story of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Good Witch of the North as it’s never been told before. Green-skinned and gold-hearted, Elphaba enrolls in Shiz University with her wheelchair-bound sister Nessarose. The audience is introduced to a whimsical world of talking animals, colorful costumes, and magic. Despite its fantasy setting, Wicked addresses issues that are relevant to the people of today: discrimination, social equality, animal activism, political corruption, ambition, career, friendship, and love.
Wicked won two 2004 Tony Awards for Best Scenic Design and Best Costume Design. The show also won six Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Musical, and four Outer Critics Circle Awards. The Wicked original cast recording album was awarded the Grammy award for Best Musical Show Album in 2005.
Wicked has a running time of 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission.
Recent Performances at the Gershwin Theatre
Wicked (2003-present) Oklahoma! (2002-2003) Something Good (2002) Linda Eder at the Gershwin (2001) Riverdance - On Broadway (2000-2001) Tango Argentino (1999-2000) Peter Pan (1999)