Constructed by the Uris Brothers on the site of the former Capitol Theatre, and designed by Ralph Alswang, the theater opened as the Uris Theatre on 28 November, 1972. The musical Via Galactica starring Raul Julia was the premiere production at the Gershwin Theatre. For the majority of its lifetime, it operated as a conventional theater, except from 1974 to 1976, when it functioned as a concert hall. During the 37th Tony Awards on 5 June 1983, the theater was renamed to honor composer George and lyricist Ira Gerswhin. The Gershwin Theater has Broadway's highest seating capacity, and also houses the American Theater Hall of Fame in the lobby.
If you’re looking to catch the show, our Gershwin Theater seating chart has all the information you could possibly need.
Address: 222 W 51st St, New York, NY 10019
Seating Capacity: 1926
Orchestra : 1290
Mezzanine : 636
Check out the Gershwin Theatre Seating Chart here.
Orchestra: There are specially designated wheelchair and companion seats in the rear of the Orchestra on the third floor. They can be accessed via the main lobby elevator reserved for guests with disabilities. Please be aware that the front Orchestra level of the theatre cannot be accessed by elevators or escalators.
Mezzanine: Designated wheelchair and companion seats are available in the Mezzanine section on the fourth floor. They are accessible from the main lobby via an elevator which is specially designated for guests with disabilities.
Restroom: Women's and Men's Restrooms are both located on the Mezzanine level, accessible both without steps.
Wheelchair Access: Wheelchair seating is available in the rear Orchestra and section and in the Mezzanine, accessible by elevator.
Elevators and Escalators:This theater has an elevator and escalators available to every section.
Accessible Seating: Last row of Orchestra and Row D of Front Mezzanine are accessible by elevator without steps. Front Orchestra is only reachable by steps.
Water Fountain:Water fountains available in the Rear Orchestra and Front Mezzanine.
Hearing Assistance:Headsets for sound augmentation are available free of charge. A Photo ID is required as a deposit. Copper Induction Loop is also available.
- The entire theater is accessible by elevators and escalators. Apart from the designated aisle seats, all other seats can be accessed via wheelchair.
- The bathroom is located on the mezzanine level. The theater has a large capacity, and the bathrooms can get crowded at the intermission.
- The food stall sells products at an inflated rate. Get your eating and drinking done before you enter the theater.
- Go for the first rows of the orchestra and mezzanine level or the corner seats if you need extra legroom.
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Getting To Gershwin Theatre
The Gershwin Theater can be reached via road from almost anywhere in New York City. The fastest way, however, is the subway. If you plan to take the subway to Gershwin Theatre, you can either ride the B, D, F, or M train to 42nd Street and 8th Avenue, 1,9 to 42nd Street and Broadway or take the N, Q, R, or W train to 42nd Street and 7th Avenue. Cabs can take you directly to the theater from any part of New York.
Restaurants Near Gershwin Theatre
You can make your Broadway experience extra special with our hand-picked selection of the best restaurants near Gershwin Theater. If you’re looking for an in-depth guide for food options in the Theatre District, we have got you covered. Looking for a quick bite before or after your Broadway show? Here our some of our favorite restaurants around the Gershwin Theater:
- McHale’s Pub & Grill:Serving pub grub, this haunt with dark-wood decor features 15+ flat-screen TVs & a spot for darts.
- Rosie O’Grady’s: Landmark restaurant serving steak & seafood dishes in a formal setting since 1973.
- Gallaghers Steakhouse: Iconic steakhouse offering classic cuts & raw bar items in renovated digs with red banquettes.
- Times Square Diner & Grill: American diner fare & a full bar offered in a stylish, modern atmosphere with loft-height ceilings.
- Churrascaria Plataforma: A parade of servers toting skewered meats and a large salad bar star at this set-price rodizio.
The Gershwin Theatre (originally the Uris Theatre) is a Broadway theater at 222 West 51st Street, on the second floor of the Paramount Plaza office building, in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City on November 28, 1972.
The Gershwin Theatre (originally the Uris Theatre) is a Broadway theater at 222 West 51st Street, on the second floor of the Paramount Plaza office building, in the Midtown Manhattan neighborhood of New York City.