Theatre History: The Lunt Fontanne Theatre

Theatre History: The Lunt Fontanne Theatre

The Lunt Fontanne Theatre opened on January 10, 1910, and was originally named the Globe Theatre to honor Shakespeare's famous playhouse in London. Charles Dillingham, a legendary American producer, had the theatre built. Dillingham was an extremely lavish man and wanted the theatre to be a representation of himself. He hired the architects Carrere and Hastings to create what most consider to be one of the most amazing theaters architecturally on Broadway. The architects got creative with this project and built in cooling and heating vents under each seat. My favorite fun fact about this theatre is that it is the only theatre in the history of Broadway to be built with a retractable roof. Insane right!? Theater historians have never found any evidence that the roof was ever opened, and during its restoration, the opening was sealed shut, but I still love knowing that it's there.

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Theatre History: When Each Broadway Theatre Was Founded

Theatre History: When Each Broadway Theatre Was Founded

The other day I was wondering which Broadway theatre still standing now was the oldest… So I did some serious research and made a list! Granted, over the decades many of these theatre's names have changed several times and all of the really old buildings have undergone major reconstruction and restoration, but they are in the same spots their original structures stood on.I hope some of you enjoy this list and sorry I’m not sorry for being a mega nerd. If you're as interested in this stuff as I am, then I highly recommend checking out the website Spotlight on Broadway. I just love theater history, am obsessed with New York, and feel inspired whenever I walk into one of these beautiful theatres. 

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Theatre History: One Door, Unity at the Richard Rodgers

Theatre History: One Door, Unity at the Richard Rodgers

One thing we love the most about Broadway here at #TeamTeale is its power to unify.  Everyone working on the Great White Way is creating a space where people from all walks of life can come together under one roof to jointly experience the power of live theater.  In a time when our country is inundated with divisive rhetoric, we appreciate how the cast and crew of the musical Hamilton housed at the Richard Rogers Theatre remind us daily of what unites our great country.

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Theatre History: The Tony Awards History

Theatre History: The Tony Awards History

The 71st Annual Tony Awards were on June 11, and they are always such an exciting day to be working on Broadway. As I was flipping through the Tonys Playbill that night, naturally, I started to wonder about the show's history and decided to conduct a little research. This blog is turning me into a mega nerd, and I don't hate it. I hope you enjoy these theater history posts as much as I do! 

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Theatre History: The Ambassador Theatre

Theatre History: The Ambassador Theatre

The first time I ever visited the Ambassador Theatre I was dropping off my resume for the Wardrobe Supervisor of Chicago. I wandered back and forth in front of the theatre for a while (trying to look cool even though I was nervous and a little lost) before finally finding the stage door. I rang the buzzer next to the big gate and a heavy metal door swung open. Then I had to walk down a super creepy alleyway until finally reaching the stage door. To me, Broadway theaters all feel like walking into weird magical old haunted houses. I just can’t get enough! I never realized what a history nerd I was until I started this blog. So, I hope you enjoy this post about one of the most unique theaters in the world, and a New York City historic landmark, the Ambassador Theatre.

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