Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it was constructed as the Mansfield Theatre by the Chanin brothers in 1926. After 1933, the theatre fell into relative disuse until 1945, when Michael Myerberg bought and leased it to CBS for television productions. Known as CBS Studio 59, the theater played host to the long-running panel shows What's My Line? and I've Got a Secret. In 1960, it was renamed after the former New York Times theater critic, Brooks Atkinson, and returned to legitimate use. The Nederlander Organization purchased part-ownership of the Atkinson in 1967.
In 2000, the interior was refurbished with restored decorative finishes by EverGreene Architectural Arts, and now the theatre is once again illuminated by the original chandelier that had been removed over 40 years prior. It has 1,069 seats and is one of the Nederlander Organization's nine Broadway houses.
|Brooks Atkinson Theatre|
Brooks Atkinson Theatre showing A Moon for the Misbegotten, 2007
|Address||256 West 47th Street|
Manhattan, New York City
|Architect||Herbert J. Krapp|
|Show||Opening date||Closing date||Notes|
|The Rainmaker||November 11, 1999||January 23, 2000||Revival|
|Uncle Vanya||April 30, 2000||June 11, 2000||Revival|
|Jane Eyre||December 10, 2000||June 10, 2001||2001 Tony Award Best Musical nominee|
|Noises Off||November 1, 2001||September 1, 2002|
|Medea||December 10, 2002||February 22, 2003||Revival|
|The Look of Love||May 4, 2003||June 15, 2003|
|Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only||November 19, 2003||November 30, 2003|
|Jumpers||April 25, 2004||July 11, 2004||Revival |
2004 Tony Award Best Revival of a Play nominee
|Democracy||November 18, 2004||April 17, 2005||2005 Tony Award Best Play nominee|
|Mark Twain Tonight||June 9, 2005||June 26, 2005|
|The Blonde in the Thunderbird||July 17, 2005||July 24, 2005|
|The Odd Couple||October 27, 2005||June 4, 2006||Revival with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick|
|The Times They Are A-Changin'||October 26, 2006||November 19, 2006|
|A Moon for the Misbegotten||April 9, 2007||June 10, 2007||Revival with Kevin Spacey|
|Grease||July 24, 2007||January 4, 2009||Revival with reality show winners Max Crumm and Laura Osnes|
|Rock of Ages||April 7, 2009||January 9, 2011||Starring Constantine Maroulis |
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2009
Production moved to the Helen Hayes Theatre
|RAIN: A Tribute To The Beatles||February 8, 2011||July 31, 2011||Reopened for indefinite extension after a 12-week run at the Neil Simon Theatre|
|Relatively Speaking||October 20, 2011||January 29, 2012|
|Peter and the Starcatcher||April 15, 2012||January 20, 2013||Previews began March 28, 2012 |
Nominated for 9 Tony Awards
Production transferred to Off-Broadway
|Hands on a Hardbody||March 21, 2013||April 13, 2013||Previews began February 23, 2013|
|After Midnight||November 3, 2013||June 29, 2014||Previews began October 18, 2013|
|Love Letters||September 18, 2014||February 1, 2015||Previews began September 13, 2014|
|It Shoulda Been You||April 14, 2015||August 9, 2015||Previews began March 17, 2015|
|Spring Awakening||September 27, 2015||January 24, 2016||Limited engagement of the transferred production from Los Angeles' Deaf West Theatre. |
Previews began September 8, 2015.
2016 Tony Award Best Revival of a Musical nominee
|Waitress||April 24, 2016||Open-Ended||Previews began March 25, 2016. |
2016 Tony Award Best Musical nominee
Waitress set the box office record for the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, grossing $1,608,292 in the week ending on January 21, 2018 over 8 performances. Sara Bareilles began her return run, performing as the show's main character, Jenna, alongside singer Jason Mraz.
After Midnight is a Broadway musical that premiered at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in 2013. The revue is based on an earlier 2011 revue, titled Cotton Club Parade, which ran in concert at Encores! in 2011 and 2012.Aren't We All?
Aren't We All? is a comic play by Frederick Lonsdale.
At the core of the drawing room comedy's slim plot is the Hon. William Tatham who, having been consigned to the proverbial doghouse for a romantic indiscretion, is determined to catch his self-righteous wife in an extramarital kiss of her own, while a society grande dame attempts to snare herself a peer prone to afternoon assignations with shopgirls at the British Museum.
The play premiered on Broadway on May 21, 1923 with a cast that included Leslie Howard. Neither this production nor a revival two years later was successful.
Six decades later, a West End revival directed by Clifford Williams and presented by impresario Douglas Urbanski opened at the Haymarket Theatre in 1984 and transferred to Broadway. After nineteen previews, it opened on April 29, 1985 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it enjoyed a sold out limited run of only 93 performances; the all-star cast that included Rex Harrison, Claudette Colbert, Lynn Redgrave, John Michael King, and George Rose. Drama Desk Award nominations went to Redgrave as Outstanding Actress in a Play and the production as Outstanding Revival. Following the Broadway run (where Jeremy Brett replaced King, and Brenda Forbes joined the cast), the production toured successfully for nearly a year, playing in Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne, and a sold-out run at Washington's National Theatre.Come Blow Your Horn
Come Blow Your Horn is Neil Simon's first play, which premiered on Broadway in 1961 and had a London production in 1962 at the Prince of Wales Theatre. Simon rewrote the script more than two dozen times over several years, resulting in a hit premiere that allowed Simon to leave his full-time television writing career for writing stage and film scripts.Democracy (play)
Democracy is a play by Michael Frayn which premiered in London at the Royal National Theatre on September 9, 2003. Directed by Michael Blakemore, and starring Roger Allam as Willy Brandt and Conleth Hill as Günter Guillaume, it won the Evening Standard and Critics' Circle awards for Best Play.
Democracy premiered on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 18, 2004, and ran for 173 performances. It was nominated for the Tony Award and Drama Desk Award as Best Play.
It has also been staged in Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Wellington, Vancouver, Toronto and Moscow (2016).
A revival of the play, directed by Paul Miller at Sheffield's Crucible Theatre, transferred to London's Old Vic Theatre in 2012.The play, based on actual events, deals with the decision West German chancellor Willy Brandt had to make about exposing the Communist spy Günter Guillaume who worked as his secretary and had heard some of the state's most important secrets.Kimiko Glenn
Kimiko Elizabeth Glenn (born June 27, 1989) is an American actress and singer. She is known for portraying Brook Soso in the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black, for which she received three Screen Actors Guild Awards; Dawn Pinket in the Broadway musical Waitress; Ezor in Voltron: Legendary Defender; and Peni Parker / SP//dr in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.Love in E-Flat
Love in E-Flat is a 1967 comedy play by Norman Krasna. The original production was directed by George Seaton. It starred Hal Buckley as Howard and Kathleen Nolan as Amy. It opened February 13, 1967 and closed March 4, 1967.Man and Boy (play)
Man and Boy is a play by Terence Rattigan.
It was first performed at The Queen's Theatre, London, and Brooks Atkinson Theatre, New York, in 1963, with Charles Boyer starring as Gregor Antonescu. It was poorly received, with a limited London run and only 54 performances on Broadway; but was revived by Maria Aitken in 2005 at the Duchess Theatre, London, with David Suchet as Gregor Antonescu, to great acclaim. Maria Aitken again directed the play for Roundabout Theatre Company on Broadway in the fall of 2011 at the American Airlines Theatre starring Tony Award winner Frank Langella as Antonescu.The Australian premiere of Man and Boy was performed at the Garrick Theatre in Perth, Western Australia, in June 2007.My Fat Friend
My Fat Friend is a play by Charles Laurence.The comedy is an ugly duckling tale about an overweight young woman who attracts the attention of a potential suitor. With the help of her friends/roommates, she undergoes a diet and exercise regime to shed the extra pounds she assumes she needs to lose in order to hold the man's attention.
The play premiered on November 6, 1972 at the Theatre Royal, Brighton, where it ran for one week before transferring to the Rex Theatre in Wilmslow for another week's engagement. On December 6, it opened in London's West End at the Globe Theatre, where it enjoyed a modest run despite lukewarm reviews. The cast, directed by Eric Thompson, included Jennie Linden and Kenneth Williams. John Inman also appeared in the show, before becoming a television star in the BBC department-store comedy Are You Being Served?.
After seven previews, the Broadway production, directed by Robert Moore, opened on March 31, 1974 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, where it ran for 288 performances. The cast included Lynn Redgrave, John Lithgow, and George Rose, who was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Performance.Noises Off
Noises Off is a 1982 play by the English playwright Michael Frayn. The idea for it came in 1970, when Frayn was watching from the wings a performance of The Two of Us, a farce that he had written for Lynn Redgrave. He said, "It was funnier from behind than in front, and I thought that one day I must write a farce from behind." The prototype, a short-lived one-act play called Exits, was written and performed in 1977. At the request of his associate, Michael Codron, Frayn expanded this into what would become Noises Off. It takes its title from the theatrical stage direction indicating sounds coming from offstage.Peter and the Starcatchers
Peter and the Starcatchers is a children's novel that was published by Hyperion Books, a subsidiary of Disney, in 2004. Written by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, the book provides a backstory for the character Peter Pan, and serves as a prequel to J. M. Barrie's novel Peter and Wendy. It was illustrated by artist Greg Call.
The book is followed by three sequels, also set before the original adventure with Peter and Wendy: Peter and the Shadow Thieves (2006), Peter and the Secret of Rundoon (2007), and Peter and the Sword of Mercy (2009). A fifth book titled The Bridge to Neverland was released in September 2011. A series of Never Land chapter books for younger readers is based on the novels.
In 2005, Disney hired Jay Wolpert to adapt the book to film, reportedly to use 3D animation.A play with music adaptation of the book debuted in winter 2009 at La Jolla Playhouse, as part of an arrangement with Disney Theatrical. It was re-staged Off-Broadway in 2011 and opened on Broadway April 15, 2012, at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
On May 17, 2012 Walt Disney Pictures announced that a film version of the book would be written by Jesse Wigutow. On August 20, 2012, "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross agreed to direct the movie. Filming was expected to begin in 2013.Present Arms (musical)
Present Arms is a Broadway musical comedy that opened April 26, 1928, with music by Richard Rodgers, and lyrics by Lorenz Hart. It is based on the book by Herbert Fields. It was produced by Lew Fields with musical numbers stage by Busby Berkeley. It ran for 155 performances at the Lew Fields' Mansfield Theatre, which today is known as the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Present Arms was filmed in 1930 with Irene Dunne, with its title changed to Leathernecking. The film is presumed lost.Relatively Speaking (play anthology)
Relatively Speaking is an anthology produced on Broadway in 2011, consisting of three plays: Talking Cure by Ethan Coen, George is Dead by Elaine May and Honeymoon Motel by Woody Allen.Same Time, Next Year (play)
Same Time, Next Year is a 1975 romantic comedy play by Bernard Slade. The plot focuses on two people, married to others, who meet for a romantic tryst once a year for two dozen years.The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore
The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore (1963) is a play written by Tennessee Williams.
It debuted at the Festival dei Due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy, in July 1962. Its first American production was in January 1963 on Broadway at the Morosco Theatre, starring Hermione Baddeley. Reviews of the play were poor, but a newspapers strike prevented the tepid reviews from reaching audiences and the play ran for a modest 69 performances. Williams revised the script for a second production, giving it a kabuki framework, with two actors acting as stagehands commenting on the play as it happened. The rehatched production began on January 1964 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre under the direction of Tony Richardson and starring Tallulah Bankhead (the part had originally been written for and was loosely based on Bankhead) and Tab Hunter, with Marian Seldes. It ran for only five performances after again receiving very poor notices. Many critics felt that Bankhead's line readings, addled by age and drug use, were unintelligible. The 2011 revival starring Olympia Dukakis was directed by Michael Wilson.In 1968, the play was adapted by Williams into the film Boom!, co-starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and directed by Joseph Losey. The film was a disastrous vehicle for both stars.The River Niger
The River Niger is a play by American playwright Joseph A. Walker, first performed by New York City's Negro Ensemble Company off-Broadway in 1972. The production made its Broadway debut with a transfer to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 27 March 1973 for a run of 162 performances.Tribute (play)
Tribute is a play by Bernard Slade.
The play focuses on Scottie Templeton, a popular actor who has spent his life shirking responsibility. When he discovers he is terminally ill with leukemia, he attempts to reconnect with his long-estranged son.Waitress (musical)
Waitress is a musical with music and lyrics by Sara Bareilles and a book by Jessie Nelson. The musical is based on the 2007 film of the same name, written by Adrienne Shelly. It tells the story of Jenna Hunterson, a waitress in an abusive relationship with her husband Earl. When Jenna unexpectedly becomes pregnant, she begins an affair with her gynecologist, Dr. Jim Pomatter. Looking for ways out, she sees a pie contest and its grand prize as her chance.
Stage rights to the film were purchased in 2007, while the musical's creative team was assembled by 2013. The original production of Waitress premiered at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge in August 2015, with direction by Diane Paulus and choreography by Chase Brock, and starring Jessie Mueller, Drew Gehling, and Joe Tippett as Jenna, Jim, and Earl, respectively. It made its Broadway debut at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre in April 2016. A U.S. national tour began on October 20, 2017. In 2019, Waitress opened at the Adelphi Theatre in London's West End.