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Samuel J. Friedman Theatre


261 W. 47th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 650

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Chanin brothers. Used by Federal Theatre's Living Newspaper Project in the 1930s until being sold to George Abbott and Warner Brothers in 1935. Leased in 1952 to CBS for use as a radio and TV studio until reopening as a legit venue in 1961. Declared unsafe in 1988 after vandals damaged and set fires in the auditorium. Renovated by Manhattan Theatre Club for $35 million (Polshek Partnership, architects), re-opened October, 2003. MTC renamed the venue in 2008.

To learn more about the history of the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre.

Built: 1925   

Theatre Names Named
Samuel J. Friedman Theatre 2008     Named for Samuel J. Friedman, September 4, 2008
Biltmore Theatre 1925     Opened December 7, 1925
ProductionsProduction Dates
Fool for Love
Play, Original
Written by Sam Shepard
Oct 08, 2015 -  
Airline Highway
Play, Original
Written by Lisa D'Amour
Apr 23, 2015 -  
Constellations
Play, Original
Written by Nick Payne
Jan 13, 2015 - Mar 15, 2015
The Country House
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Donald Margulies
Oct 02, 2014 - Nov 23, 2014
Casa Valentina
Play, Original
Written by Harvey Fierstein
Apr 23, 2014 - Jun 29, 2014
Outside Mullingar
Play, Original, Romantic Comedy
Jan 23, 2014 - Mar 16, 2014
The Snow Geese
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Sharr White
Oct 24, 2013 - Dec 14, 2013
The Assembled Parties
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 17, 2013 - Jul 28, 2013
The Other Place
Play, Original, Thriller
Written by Sharr White
Jan 10, 2013 - Mar 03, 2013
An Enemy of the People
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Sep 27, 2012 - Nov 18, 2012
The Columnist
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Auburn
Apr 25, 2012 - Jul 08, 2012
Wit
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Margaret Edson
Jan 26, 2012 - Mar 17, 2012
Venus in Fur
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Ives
Nov 08, 2011 - Dec 18, 2011
Master Class
Play, Revival
Written by Terrence McNally
Jul 07, 2011 - Sep 04, 2011
Good People
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 03, 2011 - May 29, 2011
The Pitmen Painters
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Lee Hall
Sep 30, 2010 - Dec 12, 2010
Collected Stories
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Donald Margulies
Apr 28, 2010 - Jun 13, 2010
Time Stands Still
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Donald Margulies
Jan 28, 2010 - Mar 27, 2010
The Royal Family
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 08, 2009 - Dec 13, 2009
Accent on Youth
Play, Revival, Comedy
Apr 29, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009
The American Plan
Play, Original
Jan 22, 2009 - Mar 22, 2009
To Be Or Not To Be
Play, Original
Written by Nick Whitby
Oct 14, 2008 - Nov 16, 2008
Biltmore Theatre
Top Girls
Play, Original
Written by Caryl Churchill
May 07, 2008 - Jun 29, 2008
Come Back, Little Sheba
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by William Inge
Jan 24, 2008 - Mar 16, 2008
Mauritius
Play, Original
Written by Theresa Rebeck
Oct 04, 2007 - Nov 25, 2007
Lovemusik
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Kurt Weill; Book by Alfred Uhry; Lyrics by Kurt Weill
May 03, 2007 - Jun 24, 2007
Translations
Play, Revival
Written by Brian Friel
Jan 25, 2007 - Mar 11, 2007
Losing Louie
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 12, 2006 - Nov 26, 2006
Shining City
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Conor McPherson
May 09, 2006 - Jul 16, 2006
Rabbit Hole
Play, Original
Feb 02, 2006 - Apr 09, 2006
Absurd Person Singular
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Alan Ayckbourn
Oct 18, 2005 - Dec 04, 2005
After the Night and the Music
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Elaine May
Jun 01, 2005 - Jul 03, 2005
Brooklyn Boy
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Donald Margulies
Feb 03, 2005 - Mar 27, 2005
Reckless
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Craig Lucas
Oct 14, 2004 - Dec 19, 2004
Sight Unseen
Play, Original
Written by Donald Margulies
May 25, 2004 - Jul 25, 2004
Drowning Crow
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Regina Taylor
Feb 19, 2004 - Apr 04, 2004
The Violet Hour
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 06, 2003 - Dec 21, 2003
Stardust
Musical, Original, Revue
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Feb 19, 1987 - May 17, 1987
Honky Tonk Nights
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Michael Valenti; Book by David Campbell; Lyrics by David Campbell
Aug 07, 1986 - Aug 09, 1986
The Boys of Winter
Play, Original
Written by John Pielmeier
Dec 01, 1985 - Dec 08, 1985
A Woman of Independent Means
Play, Original, Solo
May 03, 1984 - May 13, 1984
Doonesbury
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Elizabeth Swados; Book by Garry Trudeau; Lyrics by Garry Trudeau
Nov 21, 1983 - Feb 19, 1984
Whodunnit
Play, Original
Written by Anthony Shaffer
Dec 30, 1982 - May 15, 1983
Deathtrap
Play, Original, Mystery, Thriller, Comedy
Written by Ira Levin
Jan 07, 1982 - Jun 13, 1982
A Talent for Murder
Play, Original, Comedy, Mystery
Oct 01, 1981 - Dec 06, 1981
The Supporting Cast
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by George Furth
Aug 06, 1981 - Sep 05, 1981
Inacent Black
Play, Original, Comedy
May 06, 1981 - May 17, 1981
To Grandmother's House We Go
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Joanna M. Glass
Jan 15, 1981 - Mar 08, 1981
The American Clock
Play, Original
Written by Arthur Miller
Nov 20, 1980 - Nov 30, 1980
Nuts
Play, Original
Written by Tom Topor
Apr 28, 1980 - Jul 20, 1980
Reggae
Musical, Original
Mar 27, 1980 - Apr 13, 1980
Up in One
Special, Original, Revue
Music by Peter Allen; Additional musical material by Adrienne Anderson
May 23, 1979 - Jul 01, 1979
The Kingfisher
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 06, 1978 - May 13, 1979
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Paul Zindel
Mar 14, 1978 - Mar 26, 1978
Cheaters
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Michael Jacobs
Jan 15, 1978 - Feb 11, 1978
Hair
Musical, Revival
Oct 05, 1977 - Nov 06, 1977
Appearing Nitely
Special, Original, Solo, Comedy
Mar 24, 1977 - Jun 12, 1977
The Robber Bridegroom
Musical, Original
Music by Robert Waldman; Book by Alfred Uhry; Lyrics by Alfred Uhry
Oct 09, 1976 - Feb 13, 1977
Knock Knock
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Jules Feiffer
Feb 24, 1976 - Jul 03, 1976
Murder Among Friends
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Bob Barry
Dec 28, 1975 - Jan 10, 1976
Flowers
Special, Original, Pantomime
Written by Lindsay Kemp
Oct 07, 1974 - Oct 26, 1974
Find Your Way Home
Play, Original
Written by John Hopkins
Mar 25, 1974 - May 04, 1974
Let Me Hear You Smile
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 16, 1973 - Jan 16, 1973
Hair
Musical, Original
Apr 29, 1968 - Jul 01, 1972
Loot
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Joe Orton
Mar 18, 1968 - Apr 06, 1968
Staircase
Play, Original
Written by Charles Dyer
Jan 10, 1968 - Mar 02, 1968
The Ninety Day Mistress
Play, Original
Written by J.J. Coyle
Nov 06, 1967 - Nov 25, 1967
Barefoot in the Park
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Oct 23, 1963 - Jun 25, 1967
Man in the Moon
Musical, Original, Puppets
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Arthur Burns; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Apr 11, 1963 - Apr 21, 1963
Andorra
Play, Original
Written by Max Frisch
Feb 09, 1963 - Feb 16, 1963
In the Counting House
Play, Original
Written by Leslie Weiner
Dec 13, 1962 - Dec 15, 1962
Take Her, She's Mine
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1961 - Dec 08, 1962
The Number
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Arthur Carter
Oct 30, 1951 - Jan 12, 1952
Billy Budd
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 10, 1951 - May 12, 1951
Pride's Crossing
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Victor Wolfson
Nov 20, 1950 - Nov 25, 1950
Southern Exposure
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Owen Crump
Sep 26, 1950 - Oct 14, 1950
Clutterbuck
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Benn W. Levy
Dec 03, 1949 - Jun 10, 1950
The Silver Whistle
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 24, 1948 - May 28, 1949
The Heiress
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 29, 1947 - Sep 18, 1948
The Whole World Over
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 27, 1947 - Jun 21, 1947
Parlor Story
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by William McCleery
Mar 04, 1947 - Mar 22, 1947
It Takes Two
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 03, 1947 - Feb 08, 1947
Love Goes to Press
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 01, 1947 - Jan 04, 1947
No Exit
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jean-Paul Sartre
Nov 26, 1946 - Dec 21, 1946
Loco
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 16, 1946 - Nov 16, 1946
The Dancer
Play, Revival, Melodrama
Jun 05, 1946 - Jun 08, 1946
Apple of His Eye
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 05, 1946 - May 18, 1946
A Joy Forever
Play, Original
Written by Vincent McConnor
Jan 07, 1946 - Jan 19, 1946
Therese
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Thomas Job
Oct 09, 1945 - Dec 31, 1945
A Boy Who Lived Twice
Play, Original
Sep 11, 1945 - Sep 22, 1945
Kiss and Tell
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by F. Hugh Herbert
Jun 11, 1945 - Jun 23, 1945
Round Trip
Play, Original
May 29, 1945 - Jun 02, 1945
Star-Spangled Family
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 10, 1945 - Apr 13, 1945
Happily Ever After
Play, Original
Mar 15, 1945 - Mar 24, 1945
Snafu
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1945 - Mar 10, 1945
Kiss and Tell
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by F. Hugh Herbert
Mar 17, 1943 - Dec 30, 1944
Ask My Friend Sandy
Play, Original
Written by Stanley Young
Feb 04, 1943 - Feb 13, 1943
Janie
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1942 - Jan 31, 1943
The Sun Field
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Milton Lazarus
Dec 09, 1942 - Dec 12, 1942
Little Darling
Play, Original
Written by Eric Hatch
Oct 27, 1942 - Nov 14, 1942
My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 26, 1940 - Aug 04, 1942
Jupiter Laughs
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dr. A.J. Cronin
Sep 09, 1940 - Sep 28, 1940
Out From Under
Play, Original, Comedy
May 04, 1940 - May 11, 1940
Goodbye in the Night
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Jerome Mayer
Mar 18, 1940 - Mar 23, 1940
The Unconquered
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Ayn Rand
Feb 13, 1940 - Feb 17, 1940
The Woman Brown
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dorothy Cumming
Dec 08, 1939 - Dec 16, 1939
See My Lawyer
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 27, 1939 - Apr 06, 1940
Day in the Sun
Play, Original, Comedy
May 16, 1939 - May 1939
The Flashing Stream
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Charles Morgan
Apr 10, 1939 - Apr 1939
The Primrose Path
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 04, 1939 - May 1939
What a Life
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 13, 1938 - Jul 08, 1939
All That Glitters
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 19, 1938 - Mar 1938
Brown Sugar
Play, Original, Melodrama
Written by Bernie Angus
Dec 02, 1937 - Dec 04, 1937
Many Mansions
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 27, 1937 - Mar 1938
Wise Tomorrow
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Stephen Powys
Oct 15, 1937 - Oct 1937
Brother Rat
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 16, 1936 - May 1938
Injunction Granted
Special, Original, Sketches
Jul 24, 1936 - Closing date unknown
1935
Special, Original, Sketches
May 12, 1936 - Jun 1936
Triple-A Plowed Under
Special, Original, Sketches
Mar 14, 1936 - May 1936
Jefferson Davis
Play, Original, Drama, History
Written by John McGee
Feb 18, 1936 - Feb 1936
Ethiopia
Special, Original, Sketches
Never Officially Opened - Closing date unknown
Whatever Goes Up
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Milton Lazarus
Nov 25, 1935 - Dec 1935
Good Men and True
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Brian Marlow
Oct 25, 1935 - Nov 1935
If a Body
Play, Original, Drama, Mystery
Written by George Rosener
Apr 30, 1935 - Jun 1935
Crime and Punishment
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 22, 1935 - Feb 1935
Bridal Quilt
Play, Original
Written by Tom Powers
Oct 10, 1934 - Oct 1934
Big Hearted Herbert
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 01, 1934 - May 1934
The Scorpion
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 27, 1933 - Dec 1933
The Family Upstairs
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Harry Delf
Oct 27, 1933 - Oct 1933
Four O'Clock
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 13, 1933 - Feb 1933
Carry Nation
Play, Original
Written by Frank McGrath
Oct 29, 1932 - Nov 1932
The Other One
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Henry Myers
Oct 03, 1932 - Oct 1932
Border-Land
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Crane Wilbur
Mar 29, 1932 - Apr 1932
Zombie
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Kenneth Webb
Feb 10, 1932 - Feb 1932
Sentinels
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Lula Vollmer
Dec 25, 1931 - Jan 1932
The Guest Room
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Arthur Wilmurt
Oct 06, 1931 - Dec 1931
The Wooden Soldier
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Alexander Carr
Jun 22, 1931 - Jul 1931
Her Supporting Cast
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Harold Sherman
May 04, 1931 - Jun 1931
Philip Goes Forth
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by George Kelly
Jan 12, 1931 - Apr 1931
The Up and Up
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 08, 1930 - Nov 1930
Let and Sub-Let
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
May 19, 1930 - Jun 1930
Penal Law 2010
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 18, 1930 - May 1930
Children of Darkness
Play, Original
Jan 07, 1930 - Mar 1930
Whirlpool
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 03, 1929 - Dec 1929
Claire Adams
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Daniel N. Rubin
Nov 19, 1929 - Nov 1929
The Nut Farm
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 14, 1929 - Nov 1929
Getting Even
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Nathaniel Wilson
Aug 19, 1929 - Aug 1929
Man's Estate
Play, Original
Apr 01, 1929 - May 1929
Young Alexander
Play, Original
Written by Hardwick Nevin
Mar 12, 1929 - Mar 1929
Poppa
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 24, 1928 - Mar 1929
Tin Pan Alley
Play, Original
Nov 01, 1928 - Dec 1928
The K Guy
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 15, 1928 - Oct 1928
Pleasure Man
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Mae West
Oct 01, 1928 - Oct 02, 1928
The Intruder
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Paul Eldridge
Jul 25, 1928 - Jul 1928
Dorian Gray
Play, Original
Written by David Thorne
May 21, 1928 - Jun 1928
Divorce a la Carte
Play, Original, Farce, Satire
Mar 26, 1928 - Apr 1928
Rope
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 22, 1928 - Mar 1928
The Marquise
Play, Original
Written by Noël Coward
Nov 14, 1927 - Jan 1928
Ink
Play, Original, Melodrama, Satire
Nov 01, 1927 - Nov 1927
Jimmie's Women
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Myron C. Fagan
Sep 26, 1927 - Apr 1928
The Triumphant Bachelor
Play, Original
Written by Owen Davis
Sep 15, 1927 - Sep 1927
The Barker
Play, Original
Written by Kenyon Nicholson
Jan 18, 1927 - Jul 1927
Old Bill, M. P.
Play, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Music by Abel Baer; Written by Bruce Bairnsfather; Lyrics by Bruce Bairnsfather
Nov 10, 1926 - Nov 27, 1926
Loose Ankles
Play, Original, Farce, Comedy
Written by Sam Janney
Aug 16, 1926 - Jan 1927
Kongo
Play, Original
Mar 30, 1926 - Jul 1926
Easy Come, Easy Go
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Owen Davis
Dec 07, 1925 - Apr 1926