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Shubert Theater

247 College St.


This cousin of Broadway’s Schubert Theater opened in 1914, two years after its New York counterpart, and quickly established itself as a haven for pre-premieres and showcases of shows tuning up before hitting the Great White Way. It rode high from the teens through the 1960s, playing host to the debut stagings of dozens of soon-to-be-legendary productions, including My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, A Streetcar Named Desire and Oklahoma! Sadly, by the 1970s, interest in the Shubert had diminished to the point where the theater, already closed, was slated for demolition. It was saved through a painstaking, seven-year effort that resulted in a fully renovated Shubert, redecorated in the original ivory, gold and ecru color scheme, with an expanded lobby and plaza area. Today, the Shubert typically hosts touring shows in limited engagements, along with occasional ballet and community theater offerings; it also runs a series of simulcasts, Live from New York’s 92nd Street Y. (JM)

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