The Marquis Theatre is a Broadway theatre located at 1535 Broadway (at 45th St.) in midtown-Manhattan. Situated on the third floor of the Marriott Marquis Hotel, the 1611-seat venue was designed by developer/architect John C. Portman, Jr. Because construction of the hotel involved the demolition of five theaters - the original Helen Hayes, the Morosco, the Bijou, and remnants of the Astor and the Gaiety - New York City officials permitted Portman to construct the new property only if he agreed to include a theater within the structure. It presently is one of nine operated by the Nederlander Organization.
The Marquis - with state-of-the-art backstage facilities and a sleekly modern auditorium - opened on July 9, 1986 with a series of concerts by Shirley Bassey. The stage version of White Christmas returned from November 13, 2009 through January 13, 2010. The previous production, the Dolly Parton musical, 9 to 5 closed on September 6, 2009.
The new Twyla Tharp dance musical, Come Fly Away, based on the music of Frank Sinatra, opened officially on March 25, 2010. However, due to low ticket sales, the production closed on September 5, 2010. Donny and Marie Osmond presented their new show Donny & Marie - A Broadway Christmas, which played for twenty-two performances from December 9, 2010 - January 2, 2011. The next production was Wonderland: Alice's New Musical Adventure which opened on April 17, 2011 and closed on May 15, 2011. The Kennedy Center production of Follies began a limited engagement in preview on August 7, 2011 with an official opening scheduled for September 12. The first Broadway revival of Evita began performances on March 12, 2012 with the official opening on April 5.