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"Check out the ST. JAMES THEATER" Theatre District - Broadway Shows Tip by butterflykizzez04

  St James Theater on West 44th street
by butterflykizzez04

This theater was packed and we couldn't get tickets. The Producers have been playing there for awhile now.

It originially starred Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick...but now it stars Richard Kind and Alan Ruck.

The Musical that won
the most Tony Awards - EVER!

Based on Mel Brooks' 1967 film of the same name. What happens when you set out to make a flop?

That's what the producers do to get rich quick. Another show-within-a-show show, the films' Springtime for Hitler featured Mr Brooks' splendid take-off on Chaplin's Great Dictator. Mr Lane, Mr Broderick and the rest of the cast carried the ball this time to a tune of 12, count 'em 12, Tony Awards!!
Music & Lyrics by Mel Brooks
Book by Mel Brooks & Thomas Meehan
Directed & Choreographed by Susan Stroman
Scenic Design by Robin Wagner
Costume Design by William Ivey Long
Lighting Design by Peter Kaczorowski

The Erlanger Theater was built as a self-monument (on the site of the original Sardi's restaurant) to producer-impressario-entrepeneur Abraham Erlanger who's fortunes waxed then waned with that of the Theatrical Syndicate in which he was a main player. The St James was built a bit too late, 1927, to take full advantage of the economic recovery of the Roaring '20s. Upon Erlanger's death in 1930, control of the theater was assumed by the Astor descendants (who still owned the land underneath the Erlanger and most other theaters west of Broadway), and the name was changed to the St James

The theater was purchased by the Shuberts (possibly in the late '30s?), a bit of irony given they were instrumental in breaking the hold of the Theatrical Syndicate, and therefore Erlanger's hold on the road show circuit. A bigger bit of irony ensued when, in a 1957 federal judgement, the now Shubert-monopoly was broken; the sale of the St James to the Jujamcyn Organization was one of the results of the judgement

Address: 246 West 44th street, New York City
Directions: 246 West 44th Street | between 7th & 8th Avenue
Phone: 1.888.VISIT.NY

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  • Written Apr 14, 2005
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