Coordinates: 40°45′49″N 73°59′01″W / 40.763481°N 73.983492°W / 40.763481; -73.983492


The Broadway Theatre (formerly Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre, and Ciné Romais) is a Broadway theatre located at 1681 Broadway in midtown-Manhattan.


Designed by architect Eugene De Rosa for Benjamin S. Moss, it opened as B.S. Moss's Colony Theatre on Christmas Day 1924 as a venue for vaudeville shows and motion pictures. On November 18, 1928 the first Mickey Mouse cartoon released to the public, Steamboat Willie, debuted at the Colony. (Producer Walt Disney returned to this theater on November 13, 1940 to debut the feature film Fantasia in Fantasound, an early stereo system.) The theater was re-named Universal's Colony Theatre, B.S. Moss' Broadway Theatre, and Earl Carroll's Broadway Theatre before becoming a legitimate theater house simply called Broadway Theatre on December 8, 1930 . (In 1937, known as Ciné Roma, it showed Italian films). The Shuberts bought it in 1939. It was renovated extensively in 1956 and 1986. The large stage (nearly sixty feet deep) and seating capacity (1,761) have made it a popular theatre for musicals throughout the years.


Notable productions

  • 1930: The New Yorkers
  • 1932: Troilus and Cressida
  • 1940: Walt Disney's Fantasia
  • 1941: Too Many Girls
  • 1942: My Sister Eileen
  • 1943: Lady in the Dark, Carmen Jones
  • 1946: Beggar's Holiday
  • 1948: The Cradle Will Rock, High Button Shoes
  • 1951: Where's Charley?, Oklahoma!
  • 1952: Kiss Me, Kate
  • 1953: South Pacific
  • 1956: Mr. Wonderful
  • 1957: The Most Happy Fella; Shinbone Alley
  • 1958: The Body Beautiful
  • 1959: West Side Story, Gypsy
  • 1960: The Music Man
  • 1961: Fiorello!, Kean
  • 1962: My Fair Lady, I Can Get It for You Wholesale
  • 1965: Baker Street
  • 1966: Funny Girl
  • 1968: Cabaret
  • 1969: Mame
  • 1970: Fiddler on the Roof
  • 1972: Dude
  • 1974: Candide
  • 1976: Guys and Dolls
  • 1977: The Wiz
  • 1978: Evita
  • 1983: Zorba
  • 1984: The Three Musketeers
  • 1985: The King and I
  • 1987: Les Misérables
  • 1991: Miss Saigon
  • 2001: Blast!
  • 2002: La Boheme
  • 2004: Bombay Dreams
  • 2005: The Color Purple
  • 2008: Shrek the Musical
  • 2010: Promises, Promises
  • 2011: Sister Act

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