Gramercy Theatre to Return to Legitimate Theatre Use in Spring

News   Gramercy Theatre to Return to Legitimate Theatre Use in Spring The Gramercy Theatre, the auditorium which may have the most consistent identity crisis in New York City, will, beginning April 10, again serve the legitimate theatre.

For the last year and a half, the East 23rd Street structure has been used by the Museum of Modern Art for its film program, which went homeless when MOMA's midtown home was closed for a long-planned architectural renovation. Up until the mid-90s, the Gramercy was a home for art films. It then enjoyed a brief life as an Off-Broadway stage, first welcoming commercial productions such as Dinah Was, then serving as a temporary address for the Roundabout Theatre Company. At the 499-seat space, the nonprofit presented the American premiere of Pinter's Ashes to Ashes with Lindsay Duncan and David Strathairn; Brian Friel's Give Me Your Answer, Do! with John Glover and Kate Burton; Richard Greenberg's Hurrah at Last with Peter Frechette; Shaw's Arms and the Man with Katie Finneran; Neil Simon's Hotel Suite; O'Casey's Juno and the Paycock; Charles Randolph Wright's Blue; McDonagh's A Skull in Connemara; Andrew Bovill's Speaking in Tongues; and Richard Greenberg's The Dazzle with Peter Frechette and Reg Rogers.

The Roundabout's last production at the Gramercy, a revival of Edward Albee's All Over, closed Sept. 1, 2002.

The Gramercy is owned by theatrical producers Chase Mishkin, Steven M. Levy and Leonard Soloway.

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