Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

The Lunt-Fontanne Theatre is a legitimate Broadway theatre located at 205 West 46th Street in midtown-Manhattan.

Designed by the architectural firm of Carrere and Hastings, it was built by producer Charles Dillingham and opened as the Globe Theatre, in honor of London's Shakespearean playhouse, on January 10 1910 with a musical entitled "The Old Town". Although it was situated on 46th street with a grand Beaux-Arts facade, it also had a small entrance on Broadway between 46th and 47th Streets. Most of the Globe's early shows were dramatic plays, including two revivals of "La Dame aux Camélias". In the late teens and 1920s, the focus shifted to musicals.

In the 1930s, the Globe was converted into a movie house operated by the Brandt chain. City Playhouses Inc. bought it in 1957 and had the firm Roche and Roche extensively renovate it. Major changes were made, including the removal of the second balcony level, the Broadway entrance, and much of the original decor. It was rechristened the Lunt-Fontanne in honor of Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne and reopened on May 5 1958 with Friedrich Dürrenmatt's "The Visit", starring the distinguished theatrical couple. The theatre, which seats 1415, presently is owned by the Nederlander Organization.

Trivia & Facts

*The Theatre's lobby was painted with all the names of those who traveled on the Titanic, during the "" 's run at the theatre.
*To date, Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" is the theatre's longest running show since its opening. However, it did not spend all 13 years at the theatre, but the last 9.
*To make room for "The Little Mermaid", Disney decided to close Beauty and the Beast at this theatre.
*The Theatre was home to Smile, the "lost" musical of Marvin Hamlisch and Howard Ashman, which closed after 48 performances.

Notable productions

*1918: "Ziegfeld Follies"
*1920: "George White's Scandals"
*1925: "Aren't We All?"; "No, No, Nanette"
*1928: "She's My Baby" with Clifton Webb as Clyde Parker [ Parker, John (ed), "Who's Who in the Theatre", 10th revised edition, London, 1947: 1430] .
*1931: "The Cat and the Fiddle"
*1958: "Goldilocks"
*1959: "The Sound of Music"
*1962: "Little Me"
*1964: "Ben Franklin in Paris"
*1965: "Skyscraper"
*1966: "Walking Happy"
*1967: "How Now, Dow Jones"
*1970: "The Rothschilds"
*1972: "Ambassador
*1973: "6 Rms Riv Vu"
*1974: "The Sunshine Boys"
*1979: "Beatlemania"
*1980: "Peter Pan"
*1981: "Sophisticated Ladies"
*1986: "Smile (musical)"
*1997: "Titanic"
*1999: "Beauty and the Beast"
*2007: "The Little Mermaid"


*"Broadway Theatres: History and Architecture", William Morrison, 1999, Dover Publications, ISBN 0-486-40244-4

External links

* [ Official website]
*ibdb venue|id=1174|venue=Lunt-Fontanne Theatre
* [ New York City Architecture website]
* [ Broadway Show Guide]

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