Broadway's Shubert Theatre turns 105

by Stage Directions

We send a wish for a very Happy Birthday to the Shubert Theatre in New York, which turned 105 on October 2, 2018. Here's a video from the Broadway League celebrating its birthday and highlighting some of its illustrious history and some of the shows that have played this historic Broadway house: 

The theatre was named for Sam S. Shubert, one of the original Shubert brothers, who died in a 1905 train wreck. In 1913, the theatre opens with eight shows playing in repertory, including Hamlet, Othello, and The Merchant of Venice. Rodgers and Hart's musical Babes in Arms opened in 1937. Uta Hagen made her Broadway debut in The Seagull in 1938. Katharine Hepburn stars in The Philadelphia Story in 1939. In 1954, Gwen Verdon wins her first Tony Award® in Can-Can. Barbra Streisand made her Broadway debut in I Can Get it for You Wholesale in 1962. In 1973, the Tony Award-winning best musical A Little Night Music opened and in 1975, the Broadway hit, A Chorus Line opened, eventually becoming the theatre's longest running show. In 1992, Susan Stroman made her Broadway choreographer debut with Crazy for You. The theatre had a run of hit musicals in the 2000s, including Spamalot, Memphis, Matilda, and most recently the Bette Midler's Hello, Dolly! A stage adaptation of To Kill A Mockingbird becomes the theatre's newest show in December of this year.

We wish a very Happy 105th Birthday to the Shubert!

Here are a few photos of the Shubert Theatre to celebrate its birthday.

A detail of the marquee for the Shubert Theatre
The exterior of the Shubert in 1919A Chorus Line opened at the Shubert Theatre in 1975 and became the longest running show in the history of the theater.