They're MTC and they're bringing the Biltmore Theatre back to Broadway. At the Dec. 12 groundbreaking at the theatre were such luminaries as Kevin Chamberlin, Proof playwright David Auburn, The Tale of the Allergist's Wife's playwright Charles Busch with his cast Valerie Harper, Tony Robert and Michele Lee, standing around the central players, Manhattan Theatre Club executive producer Barry Grove and artistic director Lynne Meadows (center).
Manhattan Theatre Club is one of New York City's leading nonprofit, Off Broadway theatres, operating out of two spaces in City Center. The company premiered Proof and The Tale of the Allergist's Wife, in 1999-2000, and both went on to Broadway runs that continue today. Their plans for the Biltmore include $27 million which will go to renovating the scarred, scorched and water-damaged 1925 theatre, which hasn't housed a show since 1987. MTC hopes to host their 2003 Broadway season at the 650-seat space on 47th Street.