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New Century Theatre


932 Seventh Ave. at W. 58th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 1700

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. The Shuberts named their theatre for Al Jolson, who opened the venue. In 1923, it hosted the American premiere of Stanislavski's Moscow Art Theatre. In 1937, Orson Welles and company marched their production of "The Cradle Will Rock" into the theatre and performed it from seats in the audience (because Actor's Equity ordered the actors not to perform on stage). The Shuberts refurbished it and renamed it the New Century in 1944. In 1962, it was demolished.

Built: 1921    Closed: 1954    Demolished: 1962   

Theatre Names Named
New Century Theatre 1944     a.k.a. Century Theatre. Reopened April 8, 1944
Jolson's 59th Street Theatre 1943 (2)     Showed foreign films
Molly Picon Theatre 1943 (1)     Named for Molly Picon, actress. Reopened October 2, 1942
Jolson's 59th Street Theatre 1942     Named for Al Jolson, Reopened May 26, 1942
Venice Theatre 1934     Repened November 26, 1934
Shakespeare Theatre 1932     Named for William Shakespeare, Opened November 17, 1932
Central Park Theatre 1931     Showed films
Jolson's 59th Street Theatre 1921     Named for Al Jolson, Opened October 6, 1921
ProductionsProduction Dates
The Azuma Kabuki Dancers and Musicians
Special, Original, Dance, Kabuki, Sketches
Feb 22, 1954 - Mar 21, 1954
Sherlock Holmes
Play, Revival
Oct 30, 1953 - Oct 31, 1953
Carnival in Flanders
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dance Music for "Carnival Ballet" by John Morris; Dance Music for "Plundering of the Town" by Roger Adams; Dance Music for "Spanish Dance" by Elie Siegmaster; Music by James Van Heusen; Book by Preston Sturges; Lyrics by Johnny Burke
Sep 08, 1953 - Sep 12, 1953
John Brown's Body
Play, Original
Feb 14, 1953 - Apr 11, 1953
Jose Greco
Special, Original
Music by Roger Machado
Jan 12, 1953 - Jan 24, 1953
Slavenska-Franklin Co.
Special, Original, Ballet
"Potrait of a Ballerina" set to "Variations on a Nursery Rhyme" composed by Ernst von Dohnanyi
Dec 08, 1952 - Jan 03, 1953
Buttrio Square
Musical, Original, Play
Oct 14, 1952 - Oct 18, 1952
Venus Observed
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Christopher Fry
Feb 13, 1952 - Apr 26, 1952
Saint Joan
Play, Revival, Drama
Jan 07, 1952 - Feb 02, 1952
Don Juan in Hell
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 29, 1951 - Dec 31, 1951
Jose Greco Ballet
Special, Original
Oct 29, 1951 - Nov 24, 1951
Out of This World
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 21, 1950 - May 05, 1951
The Grand Ballet
Special, Original
Oct 30, 1950 - Nov 25, 1950
Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Dec 30, 1948 - Jul 28, 1950
Heaven on Earth
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jay Gorney; Book by Barry Trivers; Lyrics by Barry Trivers
Sep 16, 1948 - Sep 25, 1948
Inside U.S.A.
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Arthur Schwartz; Sketches by Arnold B. Horwitt, Moss Hart; Lyrics by Howard Dietz
Apr 30, 1948 - Aug 21, 1948
Patience
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 09, 1948 - Mar 20, 1948
The Yeomen of the Guard
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Feb 02, 1948 - Mar 27, 1948
The Gondoliers
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 26, 1948 - Mar 06, 1948
Cox and Box
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 19, 1948 - Feb 28, 1948
H.M.S. Pinafore
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 19, 1948 - Feb 28, 1948
Iolanthe
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 12, 1948 - Apr 03, 1948
The Pirates of Penzance
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 05, 1948 - Mar 13, 1948
Trial by Jury
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Jan 05, 1948 - Mar 13, 1948
The Mikado
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Music by Sir Arthur Sullivan; Written by W. S. Gilbert
Dec 29, 1947 - Apr 24, 1948
High Button Shoes
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Stephen Longstreet; Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Oct 09, 1947 - Dec 20, 1947
Louisiana Lady
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jun 02, 1947 - Jun 04, 1947
The Chocolate Soldier
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Mar 12, 1947 - May 10, 1947
Hamlet
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Feb 26, 1947 - Mar 07, 1947
Volpone
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Ben Jonson
Feb 24, 1947 - Mar 06, 1947
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Revival, Comedy
Feb 22, 1947 - Mar 06, 1947
As You Like It
Play, Revival, Comedy
Feb 20, 1947 - Mar 08, 1947
King Lear
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Feb 18, 1947 - Mar 08, 1947
Toplitzky of Notre Dame
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Sammy Fain; Book by George Marion, Jr.; Lyrics by George Marion, Jr.
Dec 26, 1946 - Feb 15, 1947
If the Shoe Fits
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Raksin; Book by June Carroll, Robert Duke; Lyrics by June Carroll
Dec 05, 1946 - Dec 21, 1946
Gypsy Lady
Musical, Original, Operetta
Sep 17, 1946 - Nov 23, 1946
The Critic
Play, Revival, Comedy
May 20, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Oedipus Rex
Play, Revival, Tragedy
Written by Sophocles
May 20, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Uncle Vanya
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
May 13, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
King Henry IV, Part II
Play, Revival, History
May 07, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
King Henry IV, Part I
Play, Revival, History
May 06, 1946 - Jun 22, 1946
Are You With It?
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 10, 1945 - Apr 27, 1946
Mr. Strauss Goes to Boston
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Music by Robert Stolz; Book by Leonard Louis Levinson; Lyrics by Robert Sour
Sep 06, 1945 - Sep 15, 1945
Up in Central Park
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 27, 1945 - Closing date unknown
Tropical Revue
Special, Original
Dec 26, 1944 - Jan 1945
Rhapsody
Musical, Original, Operetta
Nov 22, 1944 - Dec 02, 1944
Follow the Girls
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 08, 1944 - Jun 12, 1944
Molly Picon Theatre
Oy Is Dus a Leben!
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Joseph Rumshinsky; Book by Jacob Jalich; Lyrics by Molly Picon
Oct 12, 1942 - Feb 06, 1943
Venice Theatre
Native Ground
Play, Original
Written by Virgil Geddes
Mar 23, 1937 - Apr 1937
Africana
Musical, Original, Operetta
Music by Donald Heyward; Book by Donald Heyward; Lyrics by Donald Heyward
Nov 26, 1934 - Nov 28, 1934
Shakespeare Theatre
A Midsummer Night's Dream
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 17, 1932 - Dec 1932
Jolson's 59th Street Theatre
Comes the Revelation
Play, Original
Written by Louis Vittes
May 26, 1942 - May 27, 1942
Sir Harry Lauder
Special, Original, Vaudeville
Apr 21, 1930 - Apr 26, 1930
The Serenade
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Music by Victor Herbert; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Mar 04, 1930 - Mar 15, 1930
The Count of Luxembourg
Musical, Revival, Operetta, Romance
Feb 17, 1930 - Mar 01, 1930
The Chocolate Soldier
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Jan 27, 1930 - Feb 15, 1930
The Prince of Pilsen
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Gustav Luders; Book by Frank S. Pixley
Jan 13, 1930 - Jan 25, 1930
Babes in Toyland
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Extravaganza
Dec 23, 1929 - Jan 11, 1930
The Merry Widow
Musical, Revival, Operetta
Dec 02, 1929 - Dec 14, 1929
Robin Hood
Musical, Revival, Operetta, Romance
Music by Reginald De Koven; Libretto by Harry B. Smith
Nov 18, 1929 - Nov 30, 1929
The Fortune Teller
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Music by Victor Herbert; Libretto by Harry B. Smith
Nov 04, 1929 - Nov 16, 1929
Naughty Marietta
Musical, Revival, Opera, Comedy
Music by Victor Herbert; Libretto by Rida Johnson Young
Oct 21, 1929 - Nov 02, 1929
Mlle. Modiste
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Opera
Music by Victor Herbert; Book by Henry Blossom; Lyrics by Henry Blossom
Oct 07, 1929 - Oct 1929
Sweethearts
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Sep 21, 1929 - Oct 05, 1929
Trois Jeunes Filles Nues
Musical, Original, Comedy
Mar 04, 1929 - Apr 06, 1929
Chauve-Souris [1929]
Musical, Original, Revue
Jan 22, 1929 - Mar 04, 1929
White Lilacs
Musical, Original, Operetta, Romance
Music by Karl Hajos; Book by Harry B. Smith; Lyrics by Harry B. Smith
Oct 08, 1928 - Jan 12, 1929
My Maryland
Musical, Original, Romance
Sep 12, 1927 - Apr 1928
The Nightingale
Musical, Original, Romance
Jan 03, 1927 - Mar 26, 1927
Girofle-Girofla
Musical, Original, Comedy, Opera
Nov 22, 1926 - Nov 30, 1926
A Night in Paris
Musical, Original, Revue
Oct 18, 1926 - Oct 30, 1926
Blossom Time
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
Mar 08, 1926 - Mar 20, 1926
Lysistrata
Play, Original, Comedy
Music by Reinhold Gliere; Written by Aristophanes
Dec 14, 1925 - Dec 1925
The Student Prince
Musical, Original, Operetta, Romance
Music by Sigmund Romberg; Written by Dorothy Donnelly; Lyrics by Dorothy Donnelly
Dec 02, 1924 - May 18, 1926
L'Homme qui Assassina
Play, Original
Written by Claude Ferrere
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Le Procuteur Hallers
Play, Original
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
L'Homme et Ses Fantomes
Play, Original
Written by H. R. Le Normand
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Play, Original
Written by Molière
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Taming of the Shrew
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Merchant of Venice
Play, Revival, Comedy
Nov 10, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Blossom Time
Musical, Revival, Comedy, Operetta
May 19, 1924 - Oct 1925
Peg-O'-My-Dreams
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Hugo Felix; Book by J. Hartley Manners; Lyrics by Anne Caldwell
May 05, 1924 - May 18, 1924
The Chiffon Girl
Musical, Original, Romantic Comedy
Music by Monte Carlo; Book by George Murray; Lyrics by Alma M. Sanders
Mar 03, 1924 - May 1924
The Brothers Karamazoff
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Mistress of the Inn
Play, Original
Written by Carlo Goldoni
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Ivanov
Play, Revival
Written by Anton Chekhov
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Anton Chekhov
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
In the Claws of Life
Play, Original
Written by Knut Hamsun
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
An Enemy of the People
Play, Revival
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Uncle Vanya
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Death of Pazukhin
Play, Original
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Lower Depths
Play, Revival
Written by Maxim Gorky
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
Tsar Fyodor Ivanovitch
Play, Revival
Jan 01, 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Brothers Karamazoff
Play, Original
Jan 1924 - Closing date unknown
The Blue Bird
Play, Revival, Fantasy
Dec 23, 1923 - Jan 1924
Mistress of the Inn
Play, Original
Written by Carlo Goldoni
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
Ivanov
Play, Original
Written by Anton Chekhov
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Cherry Orchard
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Anton Chekhov
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
In the Claws of Life
Play, Original
Written by Knut Hamsun
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
An Enemy of the People
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
Enough Stupidity in Every Wise Man
Play, Original
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
Uncle Vanya
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Death of Pazukhin
Play, Original
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Lower Depths
Play, Revival
Written by Maxim Gorky
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Brothers Karamazoff
Play, Original
Nov 20, 1923 - Closing date unknown
Cymbeline
Play, Revival, Romance
Oct 02, 1923 - Oct 1923
Chauve-Souris [1922]
Musical, Original, Revue, Vaudeville
Sep 03, 1923 - Sep 29, 1923
Irene
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 02, 1923 - Apr 14, 1923
Tsar Fyodor Ivanovitch
Play, Original
Written by Aleksei Tolstoy
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Lower Depths
Play, Original
Written by Maxim Gorky
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Cherry Orchard
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Anton Chekhov
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Three Sisters
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Anton Chekhov
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Lady from the Provinces
Play, Original
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The Brothers Karamazoff
Play, Original
Jan 08, 1923 - Closing date unknown
The World We Live In
Play, Original, Comedy
Oct 31, 1922 - Feb 1923
Blossom Time
Musical, Original, Comedy, Operetta
Oct 02, 1922 - Oct 1922
Some Party
Musical, Original, Revue
Apr 15, 1922 - Apr 29, 1922
Bombo
Musical, Original, Extravaganza, Revue
Oct 06, 1921 - Apr 08, 1922