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Jersey Boys: About the Theater

Jersey Boys, the hugely popular jukebox musical about The Four Seasons, is currently playing at the August Wilson Theatre, located at 245 West 52nd in the Northern part of midtown Manhattan's theatre district. The space was designed by architects Kenneth Franzheim and C. Howard Crane, and it originally opened in 1925 with a production of Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw. The art deco space boasts a seating capacity of 1,275 seats. It is one of the smaller Broadway houses, but it has excellent sightlines.

Toward the end of World War II, the theatre building was leased to WOR-Mutual and used as a radio station. But then, in 1950, it was renamed the ANTA Theatre and reopened as a performance space under that name. It had another name change in 1981 when it was acquired by Jujamcyn Theatres, and christened The Virginia Theatre, for Jujamcyn Board Member Virginia McKnight Binger. Finally, it was renamed for American playwright August Wilson in 2005, fourteen days after his death in early October of that year. August Wilson was a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award Winning playwright, whose work is known for depicting both the comedy and the tragedy of the African American experience.

The theatre named in his honor has had a number of huge productions within its walls, including Little Shop of Horrors, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, My Fair Lady, Annie and Our Town. Now, Jersey Boys, a documentary-style musical about The Four Seasons, is running there, and delighting audiences night after night.