Gershwin Theatre

The Gershwin Theatre was named in honor of one of America’s greatest composers, George Gershwin, and his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin. The theatre’s rotunda was designed to showcase the names and photographs of Broadway’s own Theater Hall of Fame.

Theatre audiences now enjoy an exhibition on display throughout the main lobby of costumes, opening night gifts, props, stage notes, and other items from the personal collections of such Broadway luminaries as Carol Channing, Julie Harris, Lynn Fontanne, Angela Lansbury, Bernadette Peters, John Raitt, Chita Rivera, Tommy Tune, Irene Worth and many others.

The Gershwin opened in 1972 with 1,900 seats, and is one of The Nederlander Organization’s nine Broadway theatres.

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PATRON POLICIES


Dress Code:
There is no dress code at the theatre. For all performances, attire should be comfortable and appropriate for the occasion. The theatre is air conditioned during the summer months.

Policy for Children:
The Gershwin Theatre welcomes patrons ages 5 and older. As a courtesy to our guests, children under the age of 5 will not be permitted in the theatre. Please be aware that all patrons, regardless of age, must have a ticket.

Late Seating Policy:
The seating procedure for latecomers varies by seat section. Generally speaking, late patrons who are seated in the front orchestra are held in the auditorium until approximately twenty minutes after the performance begins. They are then escorted directly to their seats by an usher.

Policy on Smoking:
Smoking is prohibited in the Gershwin Theatre.

AMENITIES


Bar:
There are two bars located on the theatre’s second floor and one bar located on the fourth floor where various mixed drinks, sodas, and candy can be purchased. However, water is the only beverage that is permitted in the auditorium unless the soda is in the capped cup available at the bar.

The bars begin serving patrons 60 minutes before the performance begins.

Restrooms:
Male and female restrooms are located on the second and fourth floors of the theatre.

Cloakroom:
Cloakroom service is available to patrons during the winter months.

Concessions:
The producers of Wicked provide numerous stations throughout the theatre where a wide variety of souvenirs can be purchased.

ACCESS


Policy for Patrons with Disabilities:
Wheelchair and companion seats are sold on a first-come, first-served basis at the theatre box office only. Please be sure to inform the Box Office representative of your seating needs when purchasing tickets.

Wheelchair Accessible Restroom:

The Gershwin is equipped with one wheelchair accessible restroom on the theatre’s second floor, as well as wide stalls in the male and female restrooms of the fourth floor. These floors can be accessed via a main lobby elevator that is strictly designated for guests with disabilities.

Seat Accessibility:

There are designated wheelchair and companion seats in the rear of the orchestra section on the third floor. These locations are the ONLY ones that do not involve steps. The third floor is accessible via the main lobby elevator that is designated for guests with disabilities. (see seating chart)

Services for Patrons with Disabilities:
Theatre representatives are available to meet patrons with disabilities in the lobby of the building to escort them to designated wheelchair accessible areas via elevators or escalators. The main orchestra level of the theater is not accessible by elevators and escalators.

Policy on Guide Dogs and Service Animals:
Although animals are not permitted in the theatre, an exception is made for guide dogs and service animals. Please inform your ticket sales representative if any accommodations are required.

Sound Enhancement:
Headsets for sound augmentation are available at the theatre, free of charge. A photo identification is required as a deposit.

Audio Described/Captioned/Signed Performances:
The Gershwin provides “Audio Description For Our Patrons Who Are Blind or Partially Sighted,” a detailed account of the visual aspects of the production. The theatre also offers “I-Caption” hand-held devices that provide captioning for deaf or hard of hearing patrons. Performances are not presented in sign- language.

Multi-lingual Commentary:

ShowTrans Systems, which provide automated multi-lingual commentary of the production, is available on the second floor for a rental fee of $10.00. Commentary is available in German, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and French.

Patron Security:
For the protection of our patrons, theatre managers and private security personnel are on duty during all performances.

Bag Checks:
Purses, briefcases, and large bags may be inspected upon arrival. For your convenience, we recommend refraining from bringing large bags to the theatre.

LOST AND FOUND

Please call (212) 586-6510.