Theatre Details
Richard Rodgers Theatre

226 W 46th St

New York, NY 10036

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Theater Description:
The Richard Rodgers Theatre was built in 1925 by Irwin Chanin. When it was first opened, it was called Chanin's 46th Street Theatre. Chanin almost immediately leased it to the Shuberts, who bought the building outright in 1931 and renamed it the 46th Street Theatre.

 In 1982, it was purchased and renovated by the Nederlander Organization, who in 1990 changed the name to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in memory of the composer Richard Rodgers. 

It currently holds the distinction of housing the most number, ten, of Tony Award-winning Best Plays and Best Musicals.

The Richard Rodgers Theatre is notable in that it was the first to feature Chanin's 'democratic' seating plan. In earlier Broadway theatres, patrons seated in the cheaper balcony and mezzanine sections utilized separate entrances from patrons who had purchased the more expensive orchestra section seats. Instead, all patrons entered the new theatre through the same doors, and a series of steps inside the house led to the upper seating areas.