Brooks Atkinson Theatre

The Brooks Atkinson Theatre is a Broadway theater located at 256 West 47th Street in Manhattan.

Brooks Atkinson Theatre
Mansfield Theatre
Brooks Atkinson Theatre showing Waitress, 2019
Address256 West 47th Street
Manhattan, New York City
United States
Coordinates40°45′35.25″N 73°59′10.5″W
OwnerNederlander Organization
ArchitectHerbert J. Krapp

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.

Notable productions

Productions before 2000

Productions since January 1, 2000

Show Opening date Closing date Notes
The RainmakerNovember 11, 1999January 23, 2000Revival
Uncle VanyaApril 30, 2000June 11, 2000Revival
Jane EyreDecember 10, 2000June 10, 20012001 Tony Award Best Musical nominee
Noises OffNovember 1, 2001September 1, 2002
MedeaDecember 10, 2002February 22, 2003Revival
The Look of LoveMay 4, 2003June 15, 2003
Jackie Mason's Laughing Room OnlyNovember 19, 2003November 30, 2003
JumpersApril 25, 2004July 11, 2004Revival
2004 Tony Award Best Revival of a Play nominee
DemocracyNovember 18, 2004April 17, 20052005 Tony Award Best Play nominee
Mark Twain TonightJune 9, 2005June 26, 2005
The Blonde in the ThunderbirdJuly 17, 2005July 24, 2005
The Odd CoupleOctober 27, 2005June 4, 2006Revival with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick
The Times They Are A-Changin'October 26, 2006November 19, 2006
A Moon for the MisbegottenApril 9, 2007June 10, 2007Revival with Kevin Spacey
GreaseJuly 24, 2007January 4, 2009Revival with reality show winners Max Crumm and Laura Osnes
Rock of AgesApril 7, 2009January 9, 2011Starring Constantine Maroulis
Nominated for 5 Tony Awards in 2009
Production moved to the Helen Hayes Theatre
RAIN: A Tribute To The BeatlesFebruary 8, 2011July 31, 2011Reopened for indefinite extension after a 12-week run at the Neil Simon Theatre
Relatively SpeakingOctober 20, 2011January 29, 2012
Peter and the StarcatcherApril 15, 2012January 20, 2013Previews began March 28, 2012
Nominated for 9 Tony Awards
Production transferred to Off-Broadway[3]
Hands on a HardbodyMarch 21, 2013April 13, 2013Previews began February 23, 2013[4]
After MidnightNovember 3, 2013June 29, 2014Previews began October 18, 2013[5]
Love LettersSeptember 18, 2014February 1, 2015Previews began September 13, 2014[6]
It Shoulda Been YouApril 14, 2015August 9, 2015Previews began March 17, 2015[7]
Spring AwakeningSeptember 27, 2015January 24, 2016Limited 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
WaitressApril 24, 2016January 5, 2020Previews began March 25, 2016.
2016 Tony Award Best Musical nominee
SixMarch 12, 2020Previews begin February 13, 2020.

Box office record

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.[8]

See also


  1. "What's My Line?: EPISODE #477". Retrieved 2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. Zolotow, Sam. "THEATER FAMILY BUYS INTO HOUSE; Nederlanders of Detroit Get Half-Interest in Atkinson". The New York Times. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. "PETER AND THE STARCATCHER to Play Broadway's Brooks Atkinson Theater; Previews March 28 and Opens April 15". Broadway World. January 19, 2012. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. Jones, Kenneth (October 2, 2012). "Hands On a Hardbody Will Truck Into Broadway's Brooks Atkinson; Cast and Design Team Confirmed". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2013-12-12. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  5. Gioia, Michael (24 June 2013). "Jack Viertel-Conceived Cotton Club Parade, Entitled After Midnight, Sets Dates at Broadway's Brooks Atkinson". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2014-07-18. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  6. Isherwood, Charles (September 18, 2014). "The Muted Melancholy Between the Lines". New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2014.
  7. Playbill, Vault (May 5, 2015). "It Shoulda Been You". Playbill Vault. Retrieved May 5, 2015.
  8. League, The Broadway. "WAITRESS - Broadway Box Office Grosses | IBDB". Retrieved 2018-01-24.
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