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George Abbott Theatre


152 W. 54th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1400

Rumored to be named after a six year old boy, it closed just three years after opening. Dark from 1931 to 1934, it reopened as the Adelphi. By 1936, it was used by the Federal Theater Project but was dark again when that disbanded in 1939. In 1940, the Royal Fraternity of Master Metaphysicians reopened it and presented religious entertainments. In 1949, it was a TV studio, hosting "The Honeymooners." Returned to legit use from 1957 to 1970, when it was torn down by the Hilton chain to expand a hotel.

Built: 1928    Demolished: 1970   

Theatre Names Named
George Abbott Theatre 1965     Named for George Abbott, Reopened November 14, 1965
54th Street Theatre 1958     Reopened October 8, 1958
Adelphi Theatre 1944     Renamed April 20, 1944
Yiddish Arts Theatre 1943     Owned by The Family Carnovsky. Opened October 18, 1943
Radiant Center 1940     Renamed December 1940
Adelphi Theatre 1934     Reopened November 27, 1934
Craig Theatre 1928     Opened December 24,1928
ProductionsProduction Dates
Gantry
Musical, Original
Feb 14, 1970 - Feb 14, 1970
Buck White
Musical, Original
Dec 02, 1969 - Dec 06, 1969
Golden Rainbow
Musical, Original
Music by Walter Marks; Book by Ernest Kinoy; Lyrics by Walter Marks
Nov 19, 1968 - Jan 11, 1969
A Time of Snow
Special, Original, Dance
May 25, 1968 - 1968
Acrobats of God
Special, Original, Dance
May 25, 1968 - 1968
Appalachian Spring
Special, Original, Dance
May 25, 1968 - 1968
Cortege of Eagles
Special, Original, Dance
May 25, 1968 - 1968
Dancing-Ground
Special, Original, Dance
May 25, 1968 - 1968
Darling of the Day
Musical, Original
Music by Jule Styne; (Uncredited) book by Nunnally Johnson; Lyrics by E.Y. Harburg
Jan 27, 1968 - Feb 24, 1968
The Unknown Soldier and His Wife
Play, Original
Written by Peter Ustinov
Sep 18, 1967 - Nov 12, 1967
Wait Until Dark
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Frederick Knott
Oct 03, 1966 - Nov 26, 1966
Any Wednesday
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Muriel Resnik
Feb 15, 1966 - Jun 26, 1966
54th Street Theatre
La Grosse Valise
Musical, Original
Music by Gerard Calvi; Book by Robert Dhéry; Lyrics by Harold J. Rome
Dec 14, 1965 - Dec 18, 1965
What Makes Sammy Run?
Musical, Original
Feb 27, 1964 - Jun 12, 1965
The Student Gypsy
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Rick Besoyan; Book by Rick Besoyan; Lyrics by Rick Besoyan
Sep 30, 1963 - Oct 12, 1963
Too True to Be Good
Play, Revival, Comedy
Mar 12, 1963 - Jun 01, 1963
No Strings
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Rodgers; Book by Samuel Taylor; Lyrics by Richard Rodgers
Mar 15, 1962 - Sep 29, 1962
Do Re Mi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Garson Kanin; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Dec 25, 1961 - Jan 13, 1962
Kwamina
Musical, Original
Music by Richard Adler; Book by Robert Alan Aurthur; Lyrics by Richard Adler
Oct 23, 1961 - Nov 18, 1961
13 Daughters
Musical, Original
Mar 02, 1961 - Mar 25, 1961
Bye Bye Birdie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Lee Adams
Oct 24, 1960 - Jan 14, 1961
Martha Graham and her Dance Company
Special, Original, Dance
Music by Halim El-Dabh
May 04, 1960 - May 07, 1960
Caligula
Play, Original
Written by Albert Camus
Feb 16, 1960 - Mar 19, 1960
The World of Suzie Wong
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Paul Osborn
Nov 09, 1959 - Jan 02, 1960
Happy Town
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Gordon Duffy; Lyrics by Harry M. Haldane
Oct 07, 1959 - Oct 10, 1959
Look Homeward, Angel
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Ketti Frings
Mar 09, 1959 - Apr 04, 1959
God and Kate Murphy
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Kieran Tunne
Feb 26, 1959 - Mar 07, 1959
The Legend of Lizzie
Play, Original, Drama
Feb 09, 1959 - Feb 10, 1959
Drink to Me Only
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 08, 1958 - Dec 13, 1958
Adelphi Theatre
Martha Graham and Company
Special, Original, Dance
Mar 1958 - May 1958
Portofino
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Louis Bellson, Will Irwin; Book by Richard Ney; Lyrics by Richard Ney
Feb 21, 1958 - Feb 22, 1958
The Country Wife
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 27, 1957 - Dec 21, 1957
Damn Yankees
Musical, Original, Comedy
May 06, 1957 - Oct 12, 1957
Brigadoon
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Apr 09, 1957 - May 05, 1957
My Romance
Musical, Original
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Book by Rowland Leigh; Lyrics by Rowland Leigh
Dec 07, 1948 - Jan 08, 1949
Hilarities
Musical, Original, Vaudeville
Sep 09, 1948 - Sep 18, 1948
Rosario and Antonio
Special, Original, Dance
May 09, 1948 - May 1948
Look, Ma, I'm Dancin'!
Musical, Original
Jan 29, 1948 - Jul 10, 1948
Music in My Heart
Musical, Original
Oct 02, 1947 - Jan 24, 1948
Street Scene
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Kurt Weill; Book by Elmer Rice; Lyrics by Langston Hughes
Jan 09, 1947 - May 17, 1947
Lovely Me
Play, Original, Comedy
Dec 25, 1946 - Jan 04, 1947
Three to Make Ready
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Morgan Lewis; Sketches by Nancy Hamilton
Oct 28, 1946 - Dec 14, 1946
A Flag Is Born
Play, Original
Written by Ben Hecht
Oct 07, 1946 - Oct 19, 1946
Around the World
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Music by Cole Porter; Lyrics by Cole Porter
May 31, 1946 - Aug 03, 1946
Three to Make Ready
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Morgan Lewis; Sketches by Nancy Hamilton
Mar 07, 1946 - May 18, 1946
The Duchess Misbehaves
Musical, Original
Music by Dr. Frank Black; Book by Gladys Shelley; Lyrics by Gladys Shelley
Feb 13, 1946 - Feb 16, 1946
Nellie Bly
Musical, Original
Music by James Van Heusen; Based on story by Jack Emmanuel; Book by Joseph Quillan; Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Jan 21, 1946 - Feb 02, 1946
Polonaise
Musical, Original
Adaptations and Original Numbers by Bronislaw Kaper; Music by Frédéric Chopin; Book by Anthony Veiller, Gottfried Reinhardt; Lyrics by John La Touche
Dec 03, 1945 - Jan 12, 1946
The Girl From Nantucket
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 08, 1945 - Nov 17, 1945
Carib Song
Musical, Original
Sep 27, 1945 - Oct 27, 1945
On the Town
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 28, 1944 - Jun 02, 1945
Robin Hood
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Reginald De Koven; Written by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Reginald De Koven
Nov 07, 1944 - Nov 18, 1944
Allah Be Praised!
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 20, 1944 - May 06, 1944
Counterattack
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 20, 1943 - Apr 17, 1943
Adelphi Theatre
Sing for Your Supper
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 24, 1939 - Jun 30, 1939
one third of a nation
Special, Original, Sketches
Written by Arthur Arent
Jan 17, 1938 - Oct 22, 1938
A Hero Is Born
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Written by Theresa Helburn; Lyrics by Agnes Morgan
Oct 01, 1937 - Nov 27, 1937
Swing It
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jul 22, 1937 - Sep 01, 1937
The Revolt of the Beavers
Play, Original
May 20, 1937 - Jun 19, 1937
The Sun and I
Play, Original
Feb 26, 1937 - May 22, 1937
It Can't Happen Here
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 26, 1936 - Jan 1937
Macbeth
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Jul 06, 1936 - Jul 1936
The Dance of Death
Play, Original
Written by W. H. Auden
May 19, 1936 - Jun 06, 1936
Lady Luck
Play, Original, Comedy
Apr 15, 1936 - Apr 1936
The Devil of Pei-Ling
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 20, 1936 - Feb 1936
H.M.S. Pinafore
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Aug 12, 1935 - Sep 04, 1935
Trial by Jury
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Aug 12, 1935 - Sep 04, 1935
The Gondoliers
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Aug 05, 1935 - Aug 31, 1935
The Yeomen of the Guard
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jul 29, 1935 - Aug 28, 1935
The Pirates of Penzance
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Jul 22, 1935 - Aug 24, 1935
The Mikado
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Libretto by W. S. Gilbert
Jul 15, 1935 - Sep 07, 1935
The Emperor's New Clothes
Play, Original
Jun 02, 1935 - Jul 1935
Alma Mater
Musical, Original, Ballet
Music by Kay Swift; Written by Edward M.M. Warburg
Mar 01, 1935 - Closing date unknown
Serenade
Musical, Original, Ballet
Mar 01, 1935 - Closing date unknown
Reminiscence
Musical, Original, Ballet
Music by Godard; Written by Henry Brant
Mar 01, 1935 - Closing date unknown
Dreams
Musical, Original, Ballet
Mar 01, 1935 - Closing date unknown
Transcendence
Musical, Original, Ballet
Music by Franz Liszt
Mar 01, 1935 - Closing date unknown
The Lord Blesses the Bishop
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Hatcher Hughes
Nov 27, 1934 - Dec 1934
Craig Theatre
Sideshow
Play, Original
May 15, 1931 - May 15, 1931
Technique
Play, Original
May 14, 1931 - May 14, 1931
If Booth Had Missed
Play, Original
Written by Arthur Goodman
May 13, 1931 - May 13, 1931
The Mighty Nimrod
Play, Original
May 12, 1931 - May 12, 1931
Paradise
Play, Original
May 11, 1931 - May 11, 1931
The Well of Romance
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Nov 07, 1930 - Nov 12, 1930
Jonica
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Joseph Meyer; Book by Dorothy Heyward, Moss Hart; Lyrics by William Moll
Apr 07, 1930 - May 10, 1930
The Town's Woman
Play, Original
Mar 11, 1929 - Mar 1929
Potiphar's Wife
Play, Original
Dec 24, 1928 - Jan 1929