Studio 54 opened in 1927 as the Gallo Opera House. It operated as an entertainment venue under various names - The Ritz, Cabaret Royale to name a few, until 1942 when CBS began using it as a radio and television studio and dubbed it Studio 52. In 2003, the Roundabout Theatre Company bought over the building to house their future musical productions and renamed it to Studio 54. A separate restaurant and nightclub, Feinstein's/54 Below, operates in the basement of the building.
Constructed by Fortune Gallo, an Italian opera impresario and designed by architect Eugene DeRosa, in its relatively short span of existence as a Broadway theater, Studio 54 has hosted some fabulous and iconic shows like Cabaret, Assassins, A Streetcar Named Desire, Sunday in the Park With George, Sondheim on Sondheim, An Act of God, and Sweat.
Studio 54 Theatre Overview
Caroline, or Change
Longest Running Show
Box Office Hours
Tuesday to Saturday: 10 AM to 8 PM
Sunday & Monday: 10 am to 6 pm
Number of Seats/Sections
Studio 54 has 1008 seats in total.
Rear Mezzanine: 331
Caroline, or Change - Playing At Studio 54
Envisioned by Pulitzer Prize winner and multiple Academy Award nominee Tony Kushner, Caroline, or Change is all set to be revived on Broadway. Premiering in 2003 Off-Broadway, the musical went on to be showcased across the world, including Canada, several parts of the United States and England, and also West End.
It is 1963, and Caroline is a black woman who works as a maid for the Gellman family. Earning $30 a week, she is laundering clothes in the basement. Noah, the 8-year old son of the Gellman's is very close to Caroline, particularly due to the recent death of Noah’s mother. Caroline and Noah share a secret, which involves him lighting one cigarette a day for his caretaker. Caroline herself is a mother to four children and tries her best to provide the best life that she possibly can, given her means.
The careless Noah often leaves money in his pants, which Caroline find while putting them to wash. Noah’s stepmother, Rose, warns him that Caroline is allowed to keep any money that she finds in his pockets, so as to teach him a lesson and also supplement Caroline’s income. Noah, however, purposely leaves his comic book money in his pocket, to help Caroline. Will their friendship be jeopardized when Caroline keeps the money left in Noah’s pockets?
Book and Lyrics by
Show Timings - March onwards
Tuesday to Friday: 08:00 PM
Saturday: 02:00 PM
Sunday: 03:00 PM
To be announced
Restroom: There is a single stall accessible restroom located in the lobby of the theatre. There is also an additional single stall accessible restroom at the front of the orchestra on the right hand side of the house.
Assisted Listening Device:Number of hearing devices – 81
Number of loops –10
Elevator: There are no elevators or escalators at Studio 54.
- Studio 54 is wheelchair accessible on the orchestra level only. The theater does not have an elevator or escalator.
- Photography and recording devices of any kind inside the theatre are strictly prohibited by law. Please turn off all electronic devices when entering Studio 54.
- Assisted listening devices and sign interpreters are available at the theater. Please get in touch with your usher to know more.
- The mezzanine section is located on the second level. There are 21 steps to landing (lobby to mezzanine) plus 11 steps to the mezzanine section. There are 2 landings with a total of 32 steps from the street level to the second level. The entrance to the second level is between the front mezzanine and balcony.
- A unisex wheelchair accessible restroom is located on the orchestra level. Additional restrooms are located up 1 flight of steps to the mezzanine lobby but these are not wheelchair accessible.
- Since this is a small theater, there aren’t a whole bunch of wheelchair friendly seats but you can find 4 in the orchestra section. These seats will be highlighted as wheelchair friendly when you book your tickets.
- Since November 1998, Studio 54 has served as a venue for productions of the Roundabout Theatre Company and retains its name. A separate restaurant and nightclub, Feinstein's/54 Below, operates in the basement of the building.
- Latecomers are seated at suitable breaks, in conveniently reachable seat locations. This is solely dependent on the discretion of the management.
Getting To Studio 54
Like the name suggests, Studio 54 is located at 254 West 54th Street. This area is very close to Times Square, which is one of the most popular tourist spots in New York City. Since the locality is so popular, the connectivity here is very good.
There are many buses and metro trains you can take to reach Studio 54. Buses plying to Theatre District are M104, M42, M6, M10, and M27/50. If travelling by subway is more your thing, you can take the C, E, or 1, train to 50th Street, N, R, or Q train to 57th Street, and B, D, or E train to 7th Avenue.
If you’re travelling by your car, there are many paid parking spots close to the theatre as well. Some of the popular ones are LAZ Parking, Edison ParkFest, Bright Management, and Impark. Make your pick!
Parking for Studio 54 Theatre
The closest parking garages for Studio 54 Theatre are located at:
ICON Reality Parking
281 West 53th Street
New York, NY 10019
ICON Matinee 52
215 W 52nd Street
New York, NY 10019
Restaurants near Studio 54
1. Bubba Gump Shrimp: Ever wondered what dining in a fishing boat themed-setting would feel like? Bubba Gump Shrimp in 1501, Broadway is where you should head to post a show.2. Blue Fin : An upscale seafood and sushi restaurant in 1567 Broadway, Blue Fin has all the makings of a pre-theatre pitstop.
3. John's Pizzeria: Serving their trademark thin-crust pizzas since 1929, John’s Pizzeria in 260, West 44th Street, is a classic NYC eatery.
4. Planet Hollywood: Get your fix of Hollywood memorabilia and good ol’ American fare in 1540, Broadway.
5. Joe Allen: Broadway stars (if you’re lucky), fellow theatre enthusiasts, and scrumptious delicacies come together in Jo Ellen, a premier broadway eatery in 326, West 46th Street.
6. Orso: A theatre district classic, Orso in 322, West 46th Street, brings gourmet Tuscan cuisine to New York with ample aplomb.
If you're looking for more suggestions for a quick bite before or after the show, our Broadway theatre district restaurants guide will come in handy.