Samuel J. Friedman Theatre

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The Friedman opened as the Biltmore in 1925, designed by Herbert J. Krapp and produced by the Chanins. It premiered the comedies The Heiress, My Sister Eileen, and Barefoot in the Park. Legendary rock musical Hair debuted in 1968. The empty Biltmore Theatre fell into disrepair in the late 1980s, plagued by vandals, arsonists, and looters. In 2001, the Manhattan Theatre Club purchased and fully restored the theatre, and it was renamed for press agent Samuel J. Friedman in 2008.
  • Built: 1925
  • Number of Seats: 650
  • Stage Door: To your right as you exit the main 47th St. doors.
  • Bathrooms: Ladies and Men's: Lower-lounge and mezzanine levels, including wheelchair-accessible restrooms. There is a second men's room at the top of the mezzanine level.
  • Concessions: Lower-lounge level, located down one flight of stairs from the orchestra level.
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