What's Happening to the Music Box Theatre?

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Walking down 45th Street this week, Broadway fans may be shocked to see the classic marquee of the Music Box Theatre in a state of disassembly.

But never fear, said Shubert Organization spokesman Bill Evans, the theatre is just getting a freshening-up in preparation for the arrival of royalty.

The Heidi Chronicles closed there in June and the theatre was scheduled to be dark until Oct. 10, when King Charles III starts previews.

Choreographer Jason Wise outside the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street. Photo by Bruce Landry.
Choreographer Jason Wise outside the Music Box Theatre on West 45th Street. Photo by Bruce Landry.

"There are a number of projects going on at the Music Box," Evans said. "Newly fabricated brass doors are being installed. After maintenance work, the marquee will be restored to its classic design (one of my favorites)."

He's referring to the script "Music Box" logo that has been a distinctive part of the theatre since it was built by Irving Berlin in 1921 to house his Music Box Revue series.

Evans explained that John Darby, vice president of Facilities for the Shuberts, schedules his renovation work based on how much time any of the theatres are available to him between bookings. "Sometimes there are fixed dates. If a show closes earlier than expected, he can jump into action on short notice."

Afterward, Evans assured, "Everything will return to its original landmarked form."

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