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Shubert Performing Arts Center

247 College Street, New Haven, CT, USA
Seats (approximate): 1649

Two years after opening their first theater in New York, Lee and J. J. Shubert built the Shubert Theater in New Haven, Connecticut. New Haven's Sam S. Shubert Theater opened on December 11, 1914 with "The Belle of Bond Street." Since then, the theater has played host to over 600 pre-Broadway tryouts, including over 300 world premieres and 50 American premieres. The totals are double that of any theater in New York or any of the other try out cities like Boston, Philadelphia, or Washington. The Shubert, New Haven earned the title Birthplace of the Nation's Greatest Hits for the number of productions that first came to life on its stage. One of the first shows to premiere on the Shubert stage was Robinson Crusoe, Jr. in 1916. It starred Al Jolson, who became the greatest musical comedy performer of the day. He was followed through the twenties and thirties by stars including Ethel, John and Lionel Barrymore, Will Rogers, W.C. Fields, Sara Bernhardt and The Marx Brothers. The Shubert, New Haven was the scene of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein's greatest triumphs. In 1943, New Haven audiences went wild over their first collaboration, a musical entitled "Away We Go!" (renamed "Oklahoma!"). In all, seven Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals premiered at the Shubert, New Haven including "South Pacific" (1949), "The King and I" (1951), and their final show, "The Sound of Music" (1959). The forties through sixties were the most exciting days in the Shubert's annals with the premieres of "Annie Get Your Gun" (1946) with Ethel Merman, "A Streetcar Named Desire" with Marlon Brando, "My Fair Lady" (1956) with Julie Andrews and Rex Harrison, "A Raisin in the Sun" (1959) with Sidney Poitier, and the pre-Broadway productions of "Gigi" with Audrey Hepburn and "Barefoot in the Park" (1963) with Robert Redford to name just a few. The Shubert, New Haven is the theater in which many of the world's best and most popular actors received their first professional acclaim: in the early days, Humphrey Bogart, Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn, Jimmy Stewart, Clark Gable, Mary Martin, and more recently Paul Newman, Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli and John Travolta. Former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, also got her first important break here.


Productions Production Dates
Motown The Musical
Musical, Original, Drama
Jun 13, 2017 - Jun 18, 2017
Dirty Dancing
Musical, Original
Apr 07, 2017 - Apr 09, 2017
Kinky Boots
Musical, Original
Music by Cyndi Lauper; Book by Harvey Fierstein; Lyrics by Cyndi Lauper
Jun 08, 2016 - Jun 12, 2016
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
May 03, 2016 - May 08, 2016
The Book of Mormon - Jumamosi
Musical, Original, Comedy
Oct 13, 2015 - Oct 18, 2015
Million Dollar Quartet
Musical, Original
Jun 11, 2015 - Jun 14, 2015
Matilda The Musical
Musical, Original
Music by Tim Minchin; Book by Dennis Kelly; Lyrics by Tim Minchin
May 16, 2015 - May 23, 2015
Irving Berlins White Christmas - 2014
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Irving Berlin; Book by David Ives, Paul Blake; Lyrics by Irving Berlin
Dec 30, 2014 - Jan 04, 2015
We Will Rock You
Musical, Original
Music by Queen; Story and Script by Ben Elton; Lyrics by Queen
Apr 25, 2014 - Apr 27, 2014
Once
Musical, Original, Romance
Feb 26, 2014 - Mar 02, 2014
Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Claude-Michel Schönberg; Original French text by Alain Boublil, Jean-Marc Natel; Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Apr 17, 2013 - Apr 21, 2013
Jersey Boys
Musical, Original
Music by Bob Gaudio; Book by Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice; Lyrics by Bob Crewe
Sep 25, 2012 - Oct 07, 2012
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
Oct 18, 2011 - Oct 23, 2011
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Jan 11, 2011 - Jan 16, 2011
Hair
Musical, Revival, Fantasy
Oct 22, 2010 - Oct 24, 2010
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Jan 30, 2010 - Jan 31, 2010
The 39 Steps
Play, Original, Comedy
Nov 05, 2009 - Nov 07, 2009
Mamma Mia! - Second National
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 02, 2008 - Dec 07, 2008
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Apr 08, 2008 - Apr 13, 2008
Doubt
Play, Original, Drama
Original Music: David Van Tieghem; Written by John Patrick Shanley
Apr 03, 2007 - Apr 08, 2007
Twelve Angry Men
Play, Original, Drama
Written by Reginald Rose
Sep 19, 2006 - Sep 24, 2006
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Jun 06, 2006 - Jun 11, 2006
Little Women
Musical, Original
Music by Jason Howland; Book by Allan Knee; Lyrics by Mindi Dickstein
Nov 23, 2005 - Nov 27, 2005
Big River
Musical, Revival, Sign Language
Music by Roger Miller; Book by William Hauptman; Lyrics by Roger Miller
Feb 28, 2005 - Mar 06, 2005
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Apr 05, 2004 - Apr 11, 2004
The Graduate
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Terry Johnson
Mar 23, 2004 - Mar 28, 2004
42nd Street
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Harry Warren; Book by Mark Bramble, Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Al Dubin
Mar 16, 2004 - Mar 21, 2004
The Exonerated
Play, Original, Drama
Jan 20, 2004 - Jan 25, 2004
The Tale Of The Allergist's Wife
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Charles Busch
Apr 01, 2003 - Apr 06, 2003
Some Like It Hot
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Jule Styne; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Bob Merrill
Mar 10, 2003 - Mar 16, 2003
South Pacific
Musical, Revival, Drama
May 07, 2002 - May 19, 2002
Proof
Play, Original, Drama
Written by David Auburn
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
Oct 30, 2001 - Nov 04, 2001
Kiss Me, Kate
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Cole Porter; Book by Bella Spewack, Sam Spewack; Lyrics by Cole Porter
Jun 19, 2001 - Jul 01, 2001
Swing!
Musical, Original, Dance, Revue
May 08, 2001 - May 20, 2001
Copacabana
Musical, Original, Comedy
Dec 05, 2000 - Dec 17, 2000
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
Aug 08, 2000 - Aug 20, 2000
Art
Play, Original
Music Composed by Gary Yershon; Written by Yasmina Reza
Mar 28, 2000 - Apr 09, 2000
The Scarlet Pimpernel
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Nan Knighton; Lyrics by Nan Knighton
Feb 20, 2000 - Mar 05, 2000
Footloose
Musical, Original
Music by Tom Snow; Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Nov 30, 1999 - Dec 12, 1999
Sunset Boulevard - Second National
Musical, Original
Apr 20, 1999 - May 02, 1999
Barrymore
Play, Original
Written by William Luce
Nov 17, 1998 - Nov 22, 1998
Peter Pan
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Lyrics by Carolyn Leigh
Apr 21, 1998 - May 03, 1998
Chicago
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by John Kander; Book by Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb; Lyrics by Fred Ebb
Feb 17, 1998 - Mar 01, 1998
Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk
Musical, Original, Dance, All Black Cast
Dec 02, 1997 - Dec 14, 1997
Master Class
Play, Original
Written by Terrence McNally
Oct 14, 1997 - Oct 19, 1997
A Chorus Line
Musical, Revival, Drama
Feb 04, 1997 - Feb 16, 1997
West Side Story
Musical, Revival, Drama
Dec 10, 1996 - Dec 22, 1996
Man of La Mancha
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Mitch Leigh; Book by Dale Wasserman; Lyrics by Joe Darion
Sep 24, 1996 - Oct 06, 1996
Damn Yankees
Musical, Revival, Comedy
May 28, 1996 - Jun 09, 1996
Carousel
Musical, Revival, Drama
Apr 09, 1996 - Apr 21, 1996
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Dec 12, 1995 - Dec 24, 1995
Dial M For Murder
Play, Revival, Drama,Mystery,Thriller
Written by Frederick Knott
Nov 07, 1995 - Nov 19, 1995
Jekyll & Hyde
Musical, Original, Drama
Music by Frank Wildhorn; Book by Leslie Bricusse; Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse
Oct 10, 1995 - Oct 22, 1995
Jelly's Last Jam
Musical, Original
Music by Jelly Roll Morton; Book by George C. Wolfe; Lyrics by Susan Birkenhead
May 02, 1995 - May 14, 1995
Laughter On The 23rd Floor
Play, Original, Comedy
Written by Neil Simon
Feb 14, 1995 - Feb 26, 1995
Blood Brothers
Musical, Original
Music by Willy Russell; Book by Willy Russell; Lyrics by Willy Russell
Nov 08, 1994 - Nov 20, 1994
Grease
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Sep 27, 1994 - Oct 09, 1994
Crazy For You
Musical, Original, Comedy
Apr 26, 1994 - May 08, 1994
The Sound of Music
Musical, Revival, Drama
Dec 07, 1993 - Dec 19, 1993
The Secret Garden
Musical, Original
Music by Lucy Simon; Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Marsha Norman
Nov 09, 1993 - Nov 21, 1993
Camelot
Musical, Revival
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Oct 05, 1993 - Oct 17, 1993
The Will Rogers Follies
Musical, Original
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Peter Stone; Lyrics by Adolph Green, Betty Comden
Apr 20, 1993 - May 02, 1993
Evita - 1992
Musical, Revival, Drama
Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber; Lyrics by Tim Rice
Mar 02, 1993 - Mar 14, 1993
Guys and Dolls
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frank Loesser; Book by Abe Burrows, Jo Swerling; Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Dec 15, 1992 - Jan 03, 1993
City Of Angels
Musical, Original, Comedy
Music by Cy Coleman; Book by Larry Gelbart; Lyrics by David Zippel
Oct 13, 1992 - Oct 25, 1992
Brigadoon
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Frederick Loewe; Book by Alan Jay Lerner; Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner
Aug 11, 1992 - Aug 16, 1992
Bye Bye Birdie
Musical, Revival, Comedy
Music by Charles Strouse; Book by Michael Stewart; Lyrics by Lee Adams
Mar 10, 1992 - Mar 22, 1992
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 19, 1991 - Dec 01, 1991
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Jul 09, 1991 - Jul 14, 1991
The Heidi Chronicles
Play, Original
Written by Wendy Wasserstein
Feb 26, 1991 - Mar 03, 1991
Les Misérables - Third National
Musical, Original, Drama
Nov 07, 1989 - Nov 26, 1989
Cats - Third National
Musical, Original
Jan 05, 1988 - Jan 17, 1988
Cats - Fourth National
Musical, Original
Mar 31, 1987 - Apr 12, 1987