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The Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (formerly the Royale) was originally built in 1927 by real-estate magnates, the Chanin Brothers, as part of a three-theatre complex that also included the Majestic (a large musical house) and the Theatre Masque, now the John Golden (a small house). The three theatres enabled producers to move shows based on their ticket sales to the most appropriately-sized venue. In 1930, the Chanins transferred ownership of all three houses to the Shuberts. During the Depression, control of the Jacobs passed to John Golden, who renamed the theatre after himself and ran it from 1934 to 1936. The Shuberts regained control in 1936, restored its name to Royale, and leased it to CBS as a radio studio until 1940. It was renamed the Bernard B. Jacobs in 2005 to honor the president of the Shubert Organization from 1972 - 1996.
Herbert J. Krapp designed the Jacobs and the other theatres in this complex under the unifying theme of “modern Spanish style.” The theatre's interior features a groin-vaulted ceiling supported on either side by archways decorated with two murals entitled "Lovers of Spain," by Willy Pogany.
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Details on the Bernard B Jacobs Theatre's Accessibility
Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible.
Shubert Audience Services
The Bernard B Jacobs Theatre provides accommodations for patrons who are blind, deaf, partially sighted, and/or have hearing loss. The theatre provides infrared assistive listening devices for every performance at the theatre. In addition, beginning four weeks after a show’s official opening night performance, hand-held audio description devices, hand-held captioning devices, and unlimited access to downloadable audio description and/or captioning for personal mobile devices are all available free of charge. Prior thereto, we offer live-caption via CART using a hand-held device, upon request with two-weeks’ advance notice. For assistance, or If you have questions, contact Shubert Audience Services at 212-944-3700 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There is also a representative at the Shubert Audience Services kiosk at every performance to assist any patron with any of our devices, software, or technology. Hand-held devices are limited, although additional devices can be obtained with at least twenty-four hours’ notice.
Accessibility by Seating Section
Orchestra Location: Seating is accessible to all parts of the Orchestra without steps. There are no steps to the designated wheelchair seating location.
Mezzanine Location: Located on the Second Level, up 3 short flights of stairs (29 steps). Once on the Mezzanine Level there are approximately 2 steps up/down per row.
Handrails: Available at the end of every stepped seat row in the Mezzanine.
Wheelchair | Companion Seat Locations:
Orchestra: R102 | R101, P101-102; R113 | R114, P114-115; P3 | P1, O1-3; P7 | P9-13; I21 | I115-19; J24 | J18-22; R24 | R18-22
Aisle Seat with Folding Armrest | Companion Locations:
Orchestra: K1 | K3; N1 | N3; N2 | N4
Wheelchair accessible (unisex) restroom located on the Orchesta level.
Located in restrooms.
The use of cameras, recording devices, cell phones, beepers, and other electronic devices during the performance is prohibited, except as permitted for accessibility services. Everyone attending a performance must have a ticket. Latecomers will be seated at the discretion of management. Wheelchair and mobility-impaired seating is intended for patrons with mobility disabilities. Children under the age of four years will not be admitted. No outside food or beverage permitted, unless medically necessary. No weapons permitted on the premises.
The acclaimed, sold-out New York City Center production of Parade starring Tony, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Ben Platt is moving to Broadway in the can’t-miss event of the year.
Platt and rising star Micaela Diamond (The Cher Show) reprise their “powerhouse performance for the ages” (The New York Times) in Jason Robert Brown and Alfred Uhry’s Tony-winning musical, under the visionary direction of Michael Arden (Once On This Island – Best Revival Tony winner).
Leo and Lucille Frank are a newlywed Jewish couple struggling to make a life in the old red hills of Georgia. When Leo is accused of an unspeakable crime, it propels them into an unimaginable test of faith, humanity, justice and devotion. Riveting and gloriously hopeful, Parade reminds us that to love, we must truly see one another.
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As a midsized house, the Jacobs has been home to both plays and musicals The musical Piggy (1927, aka I Told You So) was the inaugural production, followed by two musicals: Oh, Ernest! (1927), and the Shubert-produced musical The Madcap (1928). But a non-musical was the theatre's first hit: Mae West’s Diamond Lil (1928). West returned inThe Constant Sinner three years later. Other notable shows of the 1930s include When Ladies Meet (1932) and two Theatre Guild productions: Maxwell Andersons Pulitzer Prize-winning Both Your Houses (1933), and John Wexley’s They Shall Not Die (1934), inspired by the story of the Scottsboro boys.
In the 1940s, the Jacobs housed some long-running hits and critically-acclaimed productions. Cole Porter’s Du Barry Was a Lady (1940), featuring Gypsy Rose Lee, Bert Lahr, and Betty Grable, moved from the 46th Street Theatre (now the Richard Rodgers). Ethel Barrymore starred in another transfer to the Jacobs: The Corn is Green (1941). Three Elmer Rice plays followed: Flight to the West (1941), Counsellor-At-Law (1942), and A New Life (1943). John Gielgud graced the stage in four productions: The Importance of Being Earnest (1947), Love for Love (1947), Medea (1947), and The Lady’s Not for Burning (1950). Other significant plays include Mae West in Catherine Was Great (1944) and Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie (1946).
The 1950s, 1960s and 1970s witnessed some significant theatrical history: Julie Andrews made her Broadway debut in The Boy Friend (1954); Ruth Gordon starred in The Matchmaker (1955); Lawrence Olivier played a song and dance man in The Entertainer (1958); and Bette Davis played in The Night of the Iguana (1961). Other productions include Gloria Swanson in Nina (1951), Geraldine Page and James Dean in The Immoralist (1954), From Second City (1961), The Subject Was Roses (1964), Cactus Flower (1965), and The Man in the Glass Booth (1968). Grease (1972) transferred to the Jacobs and, in its day, surpassed Fiddler on the Roof as the longest running show on Broadway.
In 1980, Mary Tyler Moore starred in a gender-reversed return engagement of Whose Life Is It Anyway? (1980). This was followed by A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine (1980) directed by Tommy Tune. Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1982) transferred from Off Broadway, and his Song and Dance (1985) featured a Tony-winning performance by Bernadette Peters. Madonna made her Broadway debut in David Mamet’s Speed the Plow (1988), and in the following year, Philip Bosco, Victor Garber, and Tovah Feldshuh starred in Lend Me A Tenor (1989). Shows of the 1990s included Conversations with My Father (1992) featuring Judd Hirsch, the Shubert co-produced An Inspector Calls (1994), and Yasmina Reza’s Art (1998).
The 2000’s began with Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (2000), the Pulitzer Prize winner Anna in the Tropics (2003), and acclaimed revivals of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (2001), The Elephant Man (2002), Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2003), A Raisin in the Sun (2004) starring Sean Combs, and David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). Julia Roberts made her Broadway debut in the New York premier of Three Days of Rain (2006), followed by Frost/Nixon (2007) with Frank Langella, Tom Stoppard’s Rock ‘n’ Roll (2007) and the Tony Award winning Best Play God of Carnage (2009).
The second decade of the 2000s brought the Jacobs the rock musical Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (2010), a revival of That Championship Season (2011), Samuel L. Jackson and Angela Basset in The Mountaintop (2011), the Tony Award winning musical Once (2012) and the Tony Award winning revival of The Color Purple (2015).
Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
Between Broadway and 8th Avenue
New York NY 10036
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