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Booth Theatre

222 W 45th St

New York, NY 10036

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Theater Description:
Architect Henry B. Herts designed the Booth and its companion Shubert Theatre as a back-to-back pair sharing a Venetian Renaissance-style façade. Named in honor of famed 19th-century American actor Edwin Booth, brother of John Wilkes Booth, the theater's 783-seat auditorium was intended to provide an intimate setting for dramatic and comedy plays. It opened on October 16, 1913, with Arnold Bennett's play The Great Adventure.

The venue was the second New York City theatre to bear this name. The first was built by the architectural partnership Renwick & Sands between 1867-69 on the corner of 23rd Street and 6th Avenue.

The Booth Theatre appeared in The West Wing episode Posse Comitatus. It hosted a fictitous charity performance of War of the Roses which an equally fictitious President Bartlet attended during the assassination of the Qumari Defence Minister Abdul ibn Shareef.

The theatre was recently home to the critically acclaimed Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning musical Next to Normal, originally starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and Tony nominees J. Robert Spencer and Jennifer Damiano. The production then starred Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley in Ripley and Spencer's original respective roles. The production closed on January 16, 2011.

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