Brooks Atkinson Theatre

Definition

Theater

  • A New York theater on West 47th Street between Broadway andEighth Avenue. It opened in 1926 as the Mansfield Theatre, its firstmajor production being Ansky's The Dybbuk, presented by theMoscow Habimah Players. In 1930 Marc Connelly's The Green Pastureswas a great hit; later productions included two London imports, GordonSherry's Black Limelight (1936) and Robert Ardrey's ThunderRock (1939).

    During World War II the theater was converted into a productioncentre for radio and television broadcasts. When it reopened in 1960it was renamed the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to honour the New YorkTimes critic, who had just retired (see Brooks Atkinson).In 1961 Neil Simon's Come Blow Your Horn was a great success.Rolf Hochhuth's controversial play denouncing Pope Pius XII for nothelping the Jews during World War II, The Deputy (Der Stellvertreter;seen in London the previous year as The Representative) wasmounted there in 1964. Subsequent productions have included BernardSlade's Same Time, Next Year (1975), Michael Frayn's NoisesOff (1983), Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden (1990),and a revival of Grease (2007). The theater was refurbished in the early 2000s.

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