The Ambassador Theatre is a Broadway venue located in the Theater District in midtown Manhattan, New York City. Address: 219 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019.
Here are some key details:
- Design and Architecture: The theatre was designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, one of the most prolific theatre designers of his time. It is one of his six “diagrid” layout theaters, meaning the auditorium and stage are situated diagonally to the street to maximize the number of seats that could be placed in the theatre. It has an unusual layout with a wider-than-deep auditorium, which allows most attendees to be closer to the stage than in most other theatres.
- Opening: The Ambassador Theatre was opened on February 11, 1921, and its inaugural production was a musical called “The Rose Girl”.
- Capacity: It has a seating capacity of approximately 1,100.
- Productions: Over the years, it has been the host to a variety of plays and musicals, both commercial and artistic. Some notable shows include “Bring in ‘da Noise, Bring in ‘da Funk” and “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. As of my knowledge cut-off in September 2021, it’s best known for hosting the long-running musical “Chicago” since 2003.
- Historic Recognition: The Ambassador Theatre was designated a New York City landmark in 1987.