August Wilson Theatre

New York, NY

Performance History

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The August Wilson Theatre, located in New York City, is a Broadway theater named in honor of the acclaimed African American playwright August Wilson. It is situated at 245 West 52nd Street in Manhattan, between Broadway and 8th Avenue. Formerly known as the Virginia Theatre, it was renamed the August Wilson Theatre in 2005, shortly after the playwright's death. August Wilson is known for his powerful and influential plays that explore the African American experience in the United States, including works such as "Fences," "The Piano Lesson," and "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." The August Wilson Theatre has a seating capacity of approximately 1,228, making it one of the mid-sized theaters on Broadway. It has been home to a number of notable productions, including musicals, plays, and special events. One of the most iconic productions to have graced the August Wilson Theatre stage is the long-running musical "Jersey Boys," which chronicled the rise of the 1960s rock 'n' roll group Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Other productions that have played at the theater include "Mean Girls," "Groundhog Day," and "Cinderella."}


Venue Info

Built: 1925
Venue Status: year not entered yet
Demolished: year not entered yet
Seating Capacity: 1264

Location Info

245 West 52nd St.
New York, NY
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Other Names

  • August Wilson Theatre (2005)
  • Virginia Theatre (1981)
  • American Academy of Dramatic Arts (1953)
  • ANTA Playhouse (1950)
  • WOR Mutual Radio (1943)
  • Guild Theatre (1925)

Trivia & History

Built as home to the Theatre Guild. It was extensively renovated in 1950 and renamed. In 1981, it was named after the daughter of the founder of the Theatre Guild.

Renamed on October 16, 2005 in honor of playwright August Wilson.

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