Opened in 1921, the Ambassador Theater has staged multiple productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Mulatto by Langston Hughes and Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, for which George C. Wolfe earned Best Direction of a Musical Tony Award.

A sampling of other LGBT names associated with the Ambassador include George Cukor, William Ritman, Tom Eyen, Ethel Waters, and Anthony Rapp.

Header Photo
Credit: Evan Tuten/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2022.


The biggest theater hits with LGBT associations at the Ambassador Theater were:


Other productions by LGBT creators at the Ambassador:


LGBT performers at the Ambassador:


Entry by Jay Shockley, project director (June 2019, with multiple additions).

NOTE: Names above in bold indicate LGBT people.

Building Information

  • Architect or Builder: Herbert J. Krapp
  • Year Built: 1919-21


  1. Adam Hetrick, “The Work of Broadway’s Gay and Lesbian Artistic Community Goes on Display Nov. 14 When the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Gallery Presents ‘StageStruck: The Magic of Theatre Design’,” Playbill, Nov. 14, 2007.

  2. Ambassador Theater Interior Designation Report (New York: Landmarks Preservation Commission, 1985).

  3. “The 1st List of: Gay/Lesbian/Bi Industry People, Both in Front and Behind the Camera,” www.imdb.com, May 31, 2013.

  4. Internet Broadway Database.

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