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Walter Kerr Theatre


219 W. 48th St., New York, NY
Seats (approximate): 947

Herbert J. Krapp, architect. Built by the Shuberts. Erected in sixty days, a record in 1921. It was leased by the Federal Theatre Project in 1937. It was used as a radio (later, TV) station from 1943 to 1965, with Alexander Woolcott broadcasting his Broadway commentaries from the stage. After being dark from 1965 to 1969, it was bought and renovated in 1971. Ten years later, Jujamcyn bought it, renovating it further in 1989. In 1990, it was renamed for critic-playwright Walter Kerr.

To learn more about the history of the Walter Kerr Theatre, see Spotlight on Broadway's video on the Walter Kerr Theatre.

Built: 1921   

Theatre Names Named
Walter Kerr Theatre 1990     Named for Walter Kerr, critic and playwright. Reopened April 16, 1990
Ritz Theatre 1921     Opened March 21, 1921
Robert F. Kennedy Childrens' Theatre      showed films
ProductionsProduction Dates
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder
Musical, Original, Comedy
Nov 17, 2013 - Present
Forever Tango
Special, Revival, Dance
Jul 14, 2013 - Sep 15, 2013
The Testament of Mary
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Colm Tóibín
Apr 22, 2013 - May 05, 2013
The Heiress
Play, Revival, Drama
Nov 01, 2012 - Feb 09, 2013
Clybourne Park
Play, Original, Comedy, Drama
Written by Bruce Norris
Apr 19, 2012 - Sep 02, 2012
Lysistrata Jones
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Lewis Flinn; Book by Douglas Carter Beane; Lyrics by Lewis Flinn
Dec 14, 2011 - Jan 08, 2012
The House of Blue Leaves
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by John Guare
Apr 25, 2011 - Jun 25, 2011
A Little Night Music
Musical, Revival, Romantic Comedy
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Dec 13, 2009 - Jan 09, 2011
Irena's Vow
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dan Gordon
Mar 29, 2009 - Jun 28, 2009
The Seagull
Play, Revival, Comedy, Drama
Music by Stephen Warbeck; Written by Anton Chekhov
Oct 02, 2008 - Dec 21, 2008
A Catered Affair
Musical, Original
Music by John Bucchino; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by John Bucchino
Apr 17, 2008 - Jul 27, 2008
A Bronx Tale
Special, Original, Solo
Written by Chazz Palminteri
Oct 25, 2007 - Feb 24, 2008
Grey Gardens
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Scott Frankel; Book by Doug Wright; Lyrics by Michael Korie
Nov 02, 2006 - Jul 29, 2007
Doubt
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 31, 2005 - Jul 02, 2006
Gem of the Ocean
Play, Original
Written by August Wilson
Dec 06, 2004 - Feb 06, 2005
Sixteen Wounded
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Eliam Kraiem
Apr 15, 2004 - Apr 25, 2004
Take Me Out
Play, Original, Drama, Comedy
Feb 27, 2003 - Jan 04, 2004
Proof
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Auburn
Oct 24, 2000 - Jan 05, 2003
A Moon for the Misbegotten
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Eugene O'Neill
Mar 19, 2000 - Jul 02, 2000
Waiting in the Wings
Play, Original
Written by Noël Coward
Dec 16, 1999 - Feb 13, 2000
The Weir
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Conor McPherson
Apr 01, 1999 - Nov 28, 1999
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Martin McDonagh
Apr 23, 1998 - Mar 14, 1999
Forever Tango
Special, Original, Dance
Jun 19, 1997 - Apr 05, 1998
Present Laughter
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Noël Coward
Nov 18, 1996 - Apr 20, 1997
Seven Guitars
Play, Original, Drama
Written by August Wilson
Mar 28, 1996 - Sep 08, 1996
Patti LuPone on Broadway
Special, Original, Concert, Solo
Written by Jeffrey Richman
Oct 12, 1995 - Nov 25, 1995
Love! Valour! Compassion!
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Feb 14, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995
Angels in America: Perestroika
Play, Original
Written by Tony Kushner
Nov 23, 1993 - Dec 04, 1994
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
Play, Original
Written by Tony Kushner
May 04, 1993 - Dec 04, 1994
Two Trains Running
Play, Original
Written by August Wilson
Apr 13, 1992 - Aug 30, 1992
Crazy He Calls Me
Play, Original
Jan 27, 1992 - Feb 01, 1992
I Hate Hamlet
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Paul Rudnick
Apr 08, 1991 - Jun 22, 1991
The Piano Lesson
Play, Original
Written by August Wilson
Apr 16, 1990 - Jan 27, 1991
Ritz Theatre
Chu Chem
Musical, Original
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Ted Allen; Lyrics by Jim Haines, Jack Wohl
Mar 17, 1989 - May 14, 1989
Penn & Teller
Special, Original, Comedy, Magic
Written by Penn & Teller
Dec 01, 1987 - Mar 20, 1988
Late Nite Comic
Musical, Original
Music by Brian Gari; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Brian Gari
Oct 15, 1987 - Oct 17, 1987
A Month of Sundays
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Bob Larbey
Apr 16, 1987 - Apr 18, 1987
Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Jerome Kern; Book by Dick Vosburgh
Jan 23, 1986 - Feb 02, 1986
Doubles
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by David Wiltse
May 08, 1985 - Jan 04, 1986
Dancing in the End Zone
Play, Original
Written by Bill C. Davis
Jan 03, 1985 - Jan 26, 1985
Ian McKellen: Acting Shakespeare
Play, Revival, Solo
Jan 19, 1984 - Feb 19, 1984
The Flying Karamazov Brothers
Special, Original, Comedy, Variety
May 10, 1983 - Jun 12, 1983
No Sex Please, We're British
Play, Original
Feb 20, 1973 - Mar 04, 1973
Hurry, Harry
Musical, Original
Oct 12, 1972 - Oct 13, 1972
Children! Children!
Play, Original, Thriller
Written by Jack Horrigan
Mar 07, 1972 - Mar 07, 1972
Dance of Death
Play, Original, Drama
Apr 28, 1971 - May 01, 1971
Soon
Musical, Original
Music by Scott Fagan; Book by Martin Duberman; Lyrics by Scott Fagan
Jan 12, 1971 - Jan 13, 1971
I'll Take the High Road
Play, Original
Nov 09, 1943 - Nov 13, 1943
Tobacco Road
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by Jack Kirkland
Sep 04, 1943 - Oct 30, 1943
The First Million
Play, Original
Written by Irving Elman
Apr 28, 1943 - May 01, 1943
New Faces of 1943
Musical, Original, Revue
Music by Lee Wainer; Book by John Lund; Lyrics by John Lund
Dec 22, 1942 - Mar 13, 1943
My Sister Eileen
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 23, 1942 - Dec 13, 1942
Harlem Cavalcade
Musical, Original, Revue
May 01, 1942 - May 23, 1942
Pinocchio
Musical, Original, Extravaganza
Dec 23, 1938 - Jun 30, 1939
Schoolhouse on the Lot
Play, Original, Comedy
Mar 22, 1938 - May 1938
Murder in the Cathedral
Play, Revival, Drama
Written by T.S. Eliot
Feb 16, 1938 - Mar 1938
Time and the Conways
Play, Original, Play with music
Written by J.B. Priestley
Jan 03, 1938 - Feb 1938
Love in My Fashion
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Charles George
Dec 03, 1937 - Dec 1937
As You Like It
Play, Revival, Comedy
Oct 30, 1937 - Nov 1937
On Location
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Kent Wiley
Sep 27, 1937 - Oct 1937
Hymn to the Rising Sun
Play, Revival
Written by Paul Green
May 06, 1937 - May 1937
Unto Such Glory
Play, Revival
Written by Paul Green
May 06, 1937 - May 1937
Power
Play, Original, Sketches
Written by Arthur Arent
Feb 23, 1937 - Jul 10, 1937
Bassa Mona
Musical, Original, Dance, Drama
Jan 12, 1937 - Jan 23, 1937
Mimie Scheller
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 30, 1936 - Oct 1936
The Kick Back
Play, Original
Jun 22, 1936 - Jul 1936
Co-respondent Unknown
Play, Original
Feb 11, 1936 - May 1936
Hell Freezes Over
Play, Original, Tragedy
Written by John Patrick
Dec 28, 1935 - Jan 1936
Abide With Me
Play, Original, Drama
Nov 21, 1935 - Dec 1935
Petticoat Fever
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Mark Reed
Mar 04, 1935 - Jul 1935
The Eldest
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 11, 1935 - Mar 1935
Prisoners of War
Play, Original, Drama
Written by J. R. Ackerly
Jan 28, 1935 - Feb 1935
Piper Paid
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 25, 1934 - Jan 1935
So Many Paths
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 06, 1934 - Dec 1934
All Rights Reserved
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 06, 1934 - Dec 1934
Good-bye Please
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Burt Clifton
Oct 24, 1934 - Oct 1934
First Episode
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 17, 1934 - Oct 1934
Her Majesty the Widow
Play, Original, Comedy
Jun 18, 1934 - Jul 1934
Furnished Rooms
Play, Original, Comedy,Drama
May 29, 1934 - Jun 1934
The Wind and the Rain
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Merton Hodge
Feb 01, 1934 - May 1934
And Be My Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 18, 1934 - Jan 1934
The Wooden Slipper
Play, Original, Comedy
Jan 03, 1934 - Jan 1934
Double Door
Play, Original, Melodrama
Sep 21, 1933 - Jan 1934
It Happened Tomorrow
Play, Original, Comedy
May 05, 1933 - May 1933
Strange Gods
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jessica Ball
Apr 15, 1933 - Apr 1933
Before Morning
Play, Original, Melodrama
Feb 09, 1933 - Mar 1933
Ruth Draper
Special, Original, Sketches
Written by Ruth Draper
Nov 14, 1932 - Dec 1932
Money in the Air
Play, Original
Mar 07, 1932 - Apr 1932
Air Minded
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Nathaniel Davis
Feb 10, 1932 - Feb 1932
Adams' Wife
Play, Original, Drama
Dec 28, 1931 - Jan 1932
Two Seconds
Play, Original, Tragedy
Written by Elliott Lester
Oct 09, 1931 - Nov 1931
The Great Man
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Paul Hervey Fox
Apr 07, 1931 - Apr 1931
A Woman Denied
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Jean Bart
Feb 25, 1931 - Mar 1931
She Means Business
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Samuel Shipman
Jan 26, 1931 - Feb 1931
Purity
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Rene Wachthausen
Dec 25, 1930 - Jan 1931
Schoolgirl
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 20, 1930 - Dec 1930
Sisters of the Chorus
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Martin Mooney
Oct 20, 1930 - Nov 1930
Nine Till Six
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 27, 1930 - Oct 1930
Cafe
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Marya Mannes
Aug 28, 1930 - Aug 1930
Dear Old England
Play, Original, Farce, Satire
Written by H. F. Maltby
Mar 25, 1930 - Apr 1930
This Man's Town
Play, Original, Drama
Mar 10, 1930 - Mar 1930
Mendel, Inc.
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by David Freedman
Nov 25, 1929 - Jun 1930
Broken Dishes
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Martin Flavin
Nov 05, 1929 - Closing date unknown
Soldiers and Women
Play, Original, Drama
Sep 02, 1929 - Oct 1929
Courage
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Tom Barry
Oct 08, 1928 - Jun 1929
The Great Power
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Myron C. Fagan
Sep 11, 1928 - Oct 1928
Excess Baggage
Play, Original, Comedy, Play with music
Dec 26, 1927 - Jun 30, 1928
Playing the Game
Play, Original
Written by Bruce Reynolds
Dec 19, 1927 - Dec 1927
White Lights
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 11, 1927 - Nov 05, 1927
What the Doctor Ordered
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Caesar Dunn
Aug 18, 1927 - Sep 1927
The Thief
Play, Revival
Written by Henri Bernstein
Apr 22, 1927 - Jul 1927
The Legend of Leonora
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by James M. Barrie
Mar 29, 1927 - Apr 1927
Bye, Bye, Bonnie
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Albert Von Tilzer; Book by Bide Dudley; Lyrics by Neville Fleeson
Jan 13, 1927 - Mar 1927
The Padre
Play, Original
Dec 27, 1926 - Jan 12, 1927
This Woman Business
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Benn W. Levy
Dec 07, 1926 - Jan 1927
Loose Ends
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Dion Titheradge
Nov 01, 1926 - Dec 1926
Potash and Perlmutter, Detectives
Play, Original, Comedy
Aug 31, 1926 - Oct 1926
Beau Gallant
Play, Original
Written by Stuart Olivier
Apr 05, 1926 - Apr 1926
90 Horse Power
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Francis DeWitt
Mar 15, 1926 - Apr 1926
Find Daddy
Play, Original, Farce
Written by Tadema Bussiere
Mar 08, 1926 - Mar 1926
A Weak Woman
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Ernest Boyd
Jan 26, 1926 - Mar 1926
Young Blood
Play, Original
Written by James Forbes
Nov 24, 1925 - Jan 26, 1926
The Offense
Play, Original
Written by Mordaunt Shairp
Nov 16, 1925 - Nov 1925
The Man With a Load of Mischief
Play, Original
Written by Ashley Dukes
Oct 26, 1925 - Nov 1925
A Kiss in a Taxi
Play, Original, Comedy, Farce
Written by Clifford Grey
Aug 25, 1925 - Oct 1925
Old English
Play, Original
Written by John Galsworthy
Dec 23, 1924 - Jun 1925
Hassard Short's Ritz Revue
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 17, 1924 - Dec 1924
Shooting Shadows
Play, Original, Farce, Melodrama, Mystery
Jun 26, 1924 - Jul 1924
The Fatal Wedding
Play, Revival, Comedy
Written by Theodore Kremer
Jun 02, 1924 - Jun 1924
The Melody Man
Play, Original, Comedy
May 13, 1924 - Jun 1924
Outward Bound
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Sutton Vane
Jan 07, 1924 - May 1924
The Business Widow
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Gladys Unger
Dec 20, 1923 - Jan 1924
Robert E. Lee
Play, Original, History
Written by John Drinkwater
Nov 20, 1923 - Dec 1923
In Love With Love
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Vincent Lawrence
Aug 06, 1923 - Nov 1923
The Enchanted Cottage
Play, Original
Mar 31, 1923 - May 1923
The Sporting Thing To Do
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 19, 1923 - Mar 1923
The Humming Bird
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Maude Fulton
Jan 15, 1923 - Feb 1923
It Is the Law
Play, Original, Melodrama
Nov 29, 1922 - Mar 1923
Banco
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Clare Kummer
Sep 20, 1922 - Nov 1922
The Advertising of Kate
Play, Original, Comedy
May 08, 1922 - May 1922
Madame Pierre
Play, Original, Comedy
Feb 15, 1922 - Mar 1922
Bluebeard's Eighth Wife
Play, Original, Comedy
Sep 19, 1921 - Feb 1922
A Man About Town
Special, Original
Written by John Drinkwater
Mar 21, 1921 - Apr 1921
Mary Stuart
Play, Original, Drama, History, One Act
Written by John Drinkwater
Mar 21, 1921 - Apr 1921