Built by Irwin and Henry Chanin, the Richard Rodgers first opened as Chanin’s 46th Street Theatre in 1925 with a production of Greenwich Village Follies.
Richard Rodgers Theatre box office
Portrait of Richard Rodgers
Richard Rodgers lobby
Display of Rodgers' iconic works hang in the lobby
The Sound of Music lobby display
Designed by Herbert J. Krapp, the neoclassic theatre features an arcade façade and intricate stonework as well as stadium seating, providing theatregoers with an excellent view of the stage due to the seats sloping upward in the rear of the orchestra.
Early in its history, the theatre had a policy of booking shows that had played in other theatres first, helping to secure many long-running shows on its stage.
In 1931, the Chanin’s lost ownership of the theatre and the building was renamed to simply the 46th Street Theatre.
During that time, the theatre's stage saw performances from many theatre legends including Etherl Merman in DuBarry Was a Lady, Audrey Hepburn in Ondine, and more.