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Opened in 1903, the New Amsterdam Theater has staged several productions involving major LGBT performers and creators, including Clyde Fitch, Erte, Patsy Kelly, the vaudeville team of Bert Savoy & Jay Brennan, Eva La Gallienne, and Marie Dressler, among others.

The theater became a movie palace in 1937 and, since 1997, has been a legitimate theater for Disney productions.

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Credit: Sarah Sargent/NYC LGBT Historic Sites Project, 2019.

History

The New Amsterdam Theater opened in 1903.

Productions by LGBT creators at the New Amsterdam have included:

  • Her Own Way (1903) and Beau Brummell (1904-07) by Clyde Fitch
  • Ziegfeld Follies of 1923, with costume design by Erte and others
  • Betsy (1926-27), with lyrics by Lorenz Hart
  • Earl Carroll’s Vanities (1930-31), with costume design by Vincente Minnelli, and with actor Patsy Kelly
  • Murder at the Vanities (1933) by Earl Carroll and Rufus King

 

LGBT performers at the New Amsterdam have included:

 

At the New Amsterdam Rooftop, Marie Dressler appeared in The Boy and the Girl (1909), and Bert Savoy & Jay Brennan were in Ziegfeld Midnight Frolic (1919) and Ziegfeld Nine O’Clock Review (1919).

It became a movie palace in 1937. Since 1997, it has been a legitimate theater for Disney productions.

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

NOTE: Names above in bold indicate LGBT people.

Building Information

  • Architect or Builder: Herts & Tallant
  • Year Built: 1902-03

Sources

  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. Internet Broadway Database.

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

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