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Merriam Theater

205 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Seats (approximate)
1790

ABOUT THIS THEATRE

Description
The Merriam Theater has played an integral and entertaining role in the city's cultural life. The theater, which has a seating capacity of 1,870 was taken over in 1972 by the Pennsylvania Musical Academy, now the University of the Arts. Now completing its 84th year, the Merriam Theater opened on August 26th, 1918 as the Sam S. Shubert Theater, with a road production of a musical from London and New York called Chu Chow Chin. In the early years, Gershwin musicals and Al Jolson reviews graced the Shubert stage. John Barrymore played Hamlet in the 1920s and burlesque was featured in the 1930s. Other performers included: Helen Hayes, Katharine Hepburn, Sammy Davis Jr., Angela Lansbury, and Sir Laurence Olivier. The first two stages of a $4.1 million renovation of the Shubert, which included work on the theater's stage and backstage were completed in October, 1986 and the renovation of the main hall was completed in time for the Pennsylvania Ballet's performance in April 1987. In the summer of 1991, the theater was dedicated to John W. Merriam, a local entrepreneur, who was active on the Board of Directors of the University of the Arts for many years. Since 1987, the Merriam Theater has become the number one Broadway roadhouse in Philadelphia and is also the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet, musical concerts, comedy shows, gospels and The Gilbert and Sullivan International Festival.
The Illusionists
May 10, 2019 - May 11, 2019
Music by Evan Jolly
Special Original Magic
The Lightning Thief
Jan 22, 2019 - Jan 27, 2019
Music by Rob Rokicki; Book by Joe Tracz; Lyrics by Rob Rokicki
Musical Original
Dirty Dancing
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Musical Original
Fela!
Mar 12, 2013 - Mar 17, 2013
Additional music by Aaron Johnson, Jordan McLean; Music by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; Book by Bill T. Jones, Jim Lewis; Additional lyrics by Jim Lewis; Lyrics by Fela Anikulapo-Kuti
Musical Original
Whistle Down The Wind
Feb 05, 2008 - Feb 10, 2008
Musical Original
Camelot
Jun 05, 2007 - Jun 10, 2007
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Doubt
May 15, 2007 - May 20, 2007
Play Original Drama
The Light in the Piazza
Mar 06, 2007 - Mar 11, 2007
Music by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas; Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Musical Original
All Shook Up
Feb 20, 2007 - Feb 25, 2007
Fueled by the Songs of Elvis Presley; Book by Joe DiPietro
Musical Original
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Jan 09, 2007 - Jan 14, 2007
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Musical Original
Chicago
Dec 26, 2006 - Dec 31, 2006
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Altar Boyz
Nov 28, 2006 - Dec 03, 2006
Musical Original Farce
On Golden Pond
Oct 31, 2006 - Nov 05, 2006
Original Music by Dan Moses Schreier; Written by Ernest Thompson
Play Revival Comedy
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Oct 17, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original Comedy
Twelve Angry Men
Sep 26, 2006 - Oct 01, 2006
Written by Reginald Rose
Play Original Drama
Little Women
May 02, 2006 - May 07, 2006
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Musical Original
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Comedy
Golda's Balcony
Feb 07, 2006 - Feb 12, 2006
Written by William Gibson
Play Original Solo Drama
Hairspray
Aug 30, 2005 - Sep 11, 2005
Musical Original Comedy
Movin Out
May 17, 2005 - May 29, 2005
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
Musical Original Dance
Little Shop of Horrors
Mar 15, 2005 - Mar 20, 2005
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Revival ComedyPuppets
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Nov 16, 2004 - Nov 21, 2004
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Musical Original Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jun 08, 2004 - Jun 13, 2004
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Some Like It Hot
Apr 14, 2004 - Apr 20, 2003
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Musical Original Comedy
The Graduate
Mar 16, 2004 - Mar 21, 2004
Written by Terry Johnson
Play Original Comedy
The Producers - Leo
Jan 14, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Musical Original Comedy
Chicago
Nov 25, 2003 - Dec 07, 2003
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
The Exonerated
Oct 28, 2003 - Nov 02, 2003
Play Original Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Mar 18, 2003 - Mar 23, 2003
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Tick, Tick...Boom!
Feb 25, 2003 - Mar 02, 2003
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original
42nd Street
Feb 02, 2003 - Feb 09, 2003
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Musical Revival Comedy
Seussical
Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 19, 2003
Musical Original Comedy
The Full Monty
Dec 31, 2002 - Jan 05, 2003
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Musical Original Comedy
South Pacific
Apr 30, 2002 - May 05, 2002
Musical Revival Drama
Proof
Feb 19, 2002 - Feb 24, 2002
Written by David Auburn
Play Original Drama
Cinderella
Jan 22, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Musical Original
Guys and Dolls
Sep 11, 2001 - Sep 16, 2001
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Musical Revival Comedy
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Mar 06, 2001 - Mar 11, 2001
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Musical Revival Comedy
Cabaret
Feb 13, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Drama
Annie Get Your Gun
Dec 27, 2000 - Jan 07, 2001
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields; Revised book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Musical Revival Comedy
Tallulah
Nov 28, 2000 - Dec 03, 2000
Written by Sandra Ryan Heyward
Play Original
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Oct 31, 2000 - Nov 05, 2000
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Musical Original Comedy
Copacabana
Oct 24, 2000 - Oct 29, 2000
Musical Original Comedy
Fame
Feb 22, 2000 - Feb 27, 2000
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Ragtime - 1999
Feb 01, 2000 - Feb 13, 2000
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Musical Original Drama
The Sound of Music
Jan 11, 2000 - Jan 23, 2000
Musical Revival Drama
Titanic
Jan 04, 2000 - Jan 09, 2000
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Musical Original
Jekyll & Hyde
Nov 02, 1999 - Nov 07, 1999
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Musical Revival Drama
Footloose
Oct 05, 1999 - Oct 10, 1999
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Musical Original
Evita - 1998
Feb 02, 1999 - Feb 07, 1999
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Musical Original
Fame
Dec 29, 1998 - Jan 03, 1999
Music by Steve Margoshes; Book by José Fernandez; Lyrics by Jacques Levy
Musical Original
Chicago
Oct 27, 1998 - Dec 06, 1998
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Revival Comedy
Rent - Angel
Jul 07, 1998 - Sep 27, 1998
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Musical Original Drama
Dreamgirls
Mar 24, 1998 - Mar 29, 1998
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Musical Revival
The King and I - 1997
Jan 27, 1998 - Feb 01, 1998
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
Annie
Oct 28, 1997 - Nov 02, 1997
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Revival Comedy
Man of La Mancha
May 06, 1997 - May 11, 1997
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Musical Revival Drama
West Side Story
Mar 11, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
Music by Leonard Bernstein; Book by Arthur Laurents; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Revival Drama
Master Class
Feb 18, 1997 - Feb 23, 1997
Written by Terrence McNally
Play Original
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night
Dec 17, 1996 - Dec 22, 1996
Musical Original
Damn Yankees
Nov 19, 1996 - Dec 01, 1996
Musical Revival Comedy
A Chorus Line
Oct 22, 1996 - Oct 27, 1996
Musical Revival Drama
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Sep 17, 1996 - Sep 29, 1996
Musical Original Revue
Carousel
Mar 26, 1996 - Mar 31, 1996
Musical Revival Drama
Dial M For Murder
Feb 20, 1996 - Feb 25, 1996
Written by Frederick Knott
Play Revival DramaMysteryThriller
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Music of the Night
Feb 06, 1996 - Feb 11, 1996
Musical Original
State Fair
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995
Musical Original Comedy
Angels in America
Nov 14, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Written by Tony Kushner
Play Original
Kiss of the Spider Woman
Sep 06, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995
Music by John Kander; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Musical Original Drama
Grease
Jun 13, 1995 - Jun 18, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
Grease
Apr 25, 1995 - May 07, 1995
Musical Revival Comedy
Laughter on the 23rd Floor
Mar 21, 1995 - Mar 26, 1995
Written by Neil Simon
Play Original Comedy
Hello, Dolly!
Feb 28, 1995 - Mar 05, 1995
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Musical Revival Comedy
Jelly's Last Jam
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Musical Original
Falsettos - Second National
Dec 28, 1994 - Jan 02, 1994
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Musical Original
Jesus Christ Superstar
Dec 27, 1994 - Jan 01, 1995
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Fiddler on the Roof
Nov 30, 1994 - Dec 04, 1994
Music by Jerry Bock; Book by Joseph Stein; Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Musical Revival ComedyDrama
The Will Rogers Follies
Mar 08, 1994 - Mar 27, 1994
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Musical Original
My Fair Lady
Nov 02, 1993 - Nov 14, 1993
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival Comedy
Jesus Christ Superstar
Feb 12, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
Jesus Christ Superstar
Jan 19, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Musical Revival Drama
The Wiz
Oct 20, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992
Music by Charlie Smalls; Book by William F. Brown; Lyrics by Charlie Smalls
Musical Revival Comedy
A Chorus Line
Dec 25, 1991 - Dec 29, 1991
Musical Revival Drama
Grand Hotel
Sep 17, 1991 - Sep 22, 1991
Musical Original Drama
A Chorus Line
Dec 25, 1990 - Dec 31, 1990
Musical Revival Drama
Little Shop of Horrors
Jun 19, 1984 - Jul 29, 1984
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Musical Original Comedy Puppets
Camelot
May 28, 1984 - Jun 17, 1984
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Musical Revival
Master Harold...and the boys
Jan 10, 1984 - Jan 29, 1984
Written by Athol Fugard
Play Original Drama
Agnes of God
Nov 15, 1983 - Dec 03, 1983
Written by John Pielmeier
Play Original Drama
Sugar Babies
Aug 09, 1983 - Sep 11, 1983
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Musical Original Revue Comedy Burlesque
Sugar Babies
Jan 04, 1983 - Jan 29, 1983
Music by Jimmy McHugh; Book based on traditional material written by Ralph G. Allen; Lyrics by Al Dubin, Dorothy Fields
Musical Original Revue Comedy Burlesque
Annie - Second National
Nov 17, 1981 - Jan 23, 1982
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Musical Original Comedy
One Mo' Time
May 20, 1981 - Jun 14, 1981
Written by Vernel Bagneris
Musical Original Revue
Sweeney Todd
Dec 02, 1980 - Jan 04, 1981
Music by Stephen Sondheim; Book by Hugh Wheeler; Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Musical Original Thriller
One Mo' Time
Jun 28, 1980 - Sep 14, 1980
Written by Vernel Bagneris
Musical Original Revue
Shenandoah
May 17, 1978 - Jun 03, 1978
Musical Original
Pippin
Mar 14, 1978 - Apr 22, 1978
Music by Stephen Schwartz; Book by Roger O. Hirson; Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Musical Original Comedy
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Aug 16, 1977 - Sep 11, 1977
Book by Loften Mitchell
Musical Original Revue
Bubbling Brown Sugar
Jun 08, 1977 - Jun 19, 1977
Book by Loften Mitchell
Musical Original Revue
Grease
Mar 01, 1977 - Mar 13, 1977
Musical Original Comedy
Grease
Dec 07, 1976 - Jan 02, 1977
Musical Original Comedy
Raisin
Sep 07, 1976 - Oct 03, 1976
Musical Original
Grease
Dec 09, 1974 - Dec 28, 1974
Musical Original Comedy
Grease
Apr 05, 1974 - Apr 27, 1974
Musical Original Comedy
Good News
Feb 20, 1974 - Mar 16, 1974
Musical Revival Comedy
Purlie
Nov 20, 1971 - Dec 19, 1971
Music by Gary Geld; Book by Ossie Davis, Peter Udell, Philip Rose; Lyrics by Peter Udell
Musical Original Comedy
Play It Again, Sam
Dec 21, 1970 - Jan 02, 1971
Written by Woody Allen
Play Original Comedy