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Merriam Theater

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

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.


Productions Production Dates
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
May 16, 2017 - May 21, 2017
Fela!
Musical, Original
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
Mar 12, 2013 - Mar 17, 2013
Whistle Down The Wind
Musical, Original
Feb 05, 2008 - Feb 10, 2008
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Jun 05, 2007 - Jun 10, 2007
Doubt
Play, Original, Drama
Original Music: David Van Tieghem; Written by John Patrick Shanley
May 15, 2007 - May 20, 2007
The Light in the Piazza
Musical, Original
Music by Adam Guettel; Book by Craig Lucas; Lyrics by Adam Guettel
Mar 06, 2007 - Mar 11, 2007
All Shook Up
Musical, Original
Fueled by the Songs of Elvis Presley; Book by Joe DiPietro
Feb 20, 2007 - Feb 25, 2007
Chita Rivera: The Dancer's Life
Musical, Original
Original Songs by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally
Jan 09, 2007 - Jan 14, 2007
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Dec 26, 2006 - Dec 31, 2006
Altar Boyz
Musical, Original, Farce
Nov 28, 2006 - Dec 03, 2006
On Golden Pond
Play, Revival, Comedy
Original Music by Dan Moses Schreier; Written by Ernest Thompson
Oct 31, 2006 - Nov 05, 2006
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by William Finn; Book by Rachel Sheinkin; Lyrics by William Finn
Oct 17, 2006 - Oct 22, 2006
Twelve Angry Men
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Reginald Rose
Sep 26, 2006 - Oct 01, 2006
Little Women
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
May 02, 2006 - May 07, 2006
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - 2005
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 28, 2006 - Mar 05, 2006
Golda's Balcony
Play, Original, Solo, Drama
Written by William Gibson
Feb 07, 2006 - Feb 12, 2006
Hairspray
Musical, Original, Comedy
Aug 30, 2005 - Sep 11, 2005
Movin Out
Musical, Original, Dance
Music by Billy Joel; Lyrics by Billy Joel
May 17, 2005 - May 29, 2005
Little Shop Of Horrors
Musical, Original, Comedy, Puppets
Music by Alan Menken; Book by Howard Ashman; Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Mar 15, 2005 - Mar 20, 2005
Thoroughly Modern Millie
Musical, Original, Comedy
New Music by Jeanine Tesori; Book by Dick Scanlan, Richard Morris; New Lyrics by Dick Scanlan
Nov 16, 2004 - Nov 21, 2004
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jun 08, 2004 - Jun 13, 2004
Some Like It Hot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Apr 14, 2004 - Apr 20, 2003
The Graduate
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Terry Johnson
Mar 16, 2004 - Mar 21, 2004
The Producers - Leo
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Mel Brooks; Book by Mel Brooks, Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Jan 13, 2004 - Feb 08, 2004
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 25, 2003 - Dec 07, 2003
The Exonerated
Play, Original, Drama
Oct 28, 2003 - Nov 02, 2003
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 18, 2003 - Mar 23, 2003
Tick, Tick...Boom!
Musical, Original
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Feb 25, 2003 - Mar 02, 2003
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Feb 02, 2003 - Feb 09, 2003
Seussical
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 14, 2003 - Jan 19, 2003
The Full Monty - 2
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by David Yazbek; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by David Yazbek
Dec 31, 2002 - Jan 05, 2003
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 30, 2002 - May 05, 2002
Proof
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Auburn
Feb 19, 2002 - Feb 24, 2002
Cinderella
Musical, Original
Jan 22, 2002 - Jan 27, 2002
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sep 11, 2001 - Sep 16, 2001
The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Carol Hall; Book by Larry L. King, Peter Masterson; Lyrics by Carol Hall
Mar 06, 2001 - Mar 11, 2001
Cabaret
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Joe Masteroff; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 13, 2001 - Feb 25, 2001
Annie Get Your Gun
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by Dorothy Fields, Herbert Fields; Revised book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 27, 2000 - Jan 07, 2001
Tallulah
Play, Original
Written by Sandra Ryan Heyward
Nov 28, 2000 - Dec 03, 2000
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Oct 31, 2000 - Nov 05, 2000
Copacabana
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 24, 2000 - Oct 29, 2000
Ragtime - 1999
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Stephen Flaherty; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Feb 01, 2000 - Feb 13, 2000
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Jan 11, 2000 - Jan 23, 2000
Titanic
Musical, Original
Music by Maury Yeston; Story and Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Maury Yeston
Jan 04, 2000 - Jan 09, 2000
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Nov 02, 1999 - Nov 07, 1999
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Oct 05, 1999 - Oct 10, 1999
Evita - 1998
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 02, 1999 - Feb 07, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Jan 19, 1999 - Jan 31, 1999
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Oct 27, 1998 - Dec 06, 1998
Rent - Angel
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Jonathan Larson; Book by Jonathan Larson; Lyrics by Jonathan Larson
Jul 07, 1998 - Sep 27, 1998
Dreamgirls
Musical, Revival
Music by Henry Krieger; Book by Tom Eyen; Lyrics by Tom Eyen
Mar 24, 1998 - Mar 29, 1998
The King and I - 1997
Musical, Revival, Comedy,Drama
Jan 27, 1998 - Feb 01, 1998
Annie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Thomas Meehan; Lyrics by Martin Charnin
Oct 28, 1997 - Nov 02, 1997
Man of La Mancha
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
May 06, 1997 - May 11, 1997
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 11, 1997 - Mar 23, 1997
Master Class
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Feb 18, 1997 - Feb 23, 1997
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Nov 19, 1996 - Dec 01, 1996
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Oct 22, 1996 - Oct 27, 1996
Smokey Joe's Cafe
Musical, Original, Revue
Sep 17, 1996 - Sep 29, 1996
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Mar 26, 1996 - Mar 31, 1996
Dial M For Murder
Play, Revival, Drama,Mystery,Thriller
Written by Frederick Knott
Feb 20, 1996 - Feb 25, 1996
State Fair
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 17, 1995
Angels In America
Play, Original
Written by Tony Kushner
Nov 14, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Kiss Of The Spider Woman
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by John Kander; Book by Terrence McNally; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Sep 06, 1995 - Sep 17, 1995
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 13, 1995 - Jun 18, 1995
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Apr 25, 1995 - May 07, 1995
Laughter On The 23rd Floor
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Mar 21, 1995 - Mar 26, 1995
Hello, Dolly!
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Jerry Herman; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Jerry Herman
Feb 28, 1995 - Mar 05, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
Jan 03, 1995 - Jan 08, 1995
Falsettos - Second National
Musical, Original
Music by William Finn; Book by James Lapine, William Finn; Lyrics by William Finn
Dec 28, 1994 - Jan 02, 1994
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Dec 27, 1994 - Jan 01, 1995
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Mar 08, 1994 - Mar 27, 1994
My Fair Lady
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Nov 02, 1993 - Nov 14, 1993
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Feb 12, 1993 - Feb 14, 1993
Jesus Christ Superstar
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Jan 19, 1993 - Jan 31, 1993
Grand Hotel
Musical, Original, Drama
Sep 17, 1991 - Sep 22, 1991