Inside the Theatre, Playbill’s new feature series that offers a photographic tour of Broadway’s historic theatres, launches June 28 with The August Wilson Theatre.
All 41 theatres on Broadway will be documented over the next several months, providing an up-close view of the historic and modern playhouses that have been home to legendary performances and productions. From the exterior marquees, to the box offices, auditoriums, balconies, and lounges—as well as often-overlooked architectural details—flip through the images and step into Broadway history.
The Theatre, located at 245 W. 52nd Street, opened in 1925 as the Guild Theatre. Designed by Crane & Franzheim in the pseudo-Italian style, the playhouse was later renamed the Virginia Theatre in 1981 for Virgina Binger, the wife of former Jujamcyn Theatres president James Binger. Still owned and operated by Jujamcyn, the Virginia was rechristened in 2005 as the August Wilson Theatre in honor of the Pulitzer Prize-winning African American playwright whose epic cycle of plays captured the African American experience in the 20th century. It is the first and only Broadway theatre to be named for an African American. Wilson, who was diagnosed with terminal cancer earlier that year, died two weeks before the new marquee was unveiled.
The theatre now hosts the Tony-nominated musical Groundhog Day, starring Andy Karl, which opened April 17.
Flip through photos of the theatre below:
Get an Insider’s View of Broadway’s August Wilson Theatre
Tickets to Groundhog Day are available at ticketmaster.com or by telephone at (800) 745-3000.