The Walter Kerr Theatre is a Broadway theatre. Located at 219 West 48th Street, it is owned and operated by Jujamcyn Theaters. One of the smaller auditoriums in the Theater District, it seats 975. The theater was designed by Herbert J. Krapp and built as the Ritz Theatre in 1921 by the Shubert family. It was operated by ABC as a radio and then television studio between 1943 and 1965. Ths Shuberts sold the theatre to John Minary in 1956, who sold it on to Joseph P. Blitz later that year. In 1963, it was acquired by Roger Euster.; he sold his stake to Leonard B. Moore in 1964.
It remained vacant from 1965 to 1971, when it reopened with the musical Soon, book by Martin Duberman, which closed after three performances. Although it housed a number of productions in the next two years, it was turned into a children's theater in 1973. Jujamcyn acquired the theatre in 1980. The last production to staged at the Ritz was Chu Chem. In 1989-1990 it was renovated and reopened, now renamed for theater critic Walter Kerr, with August Wilson's The Piano Lesson. Since then it has housed seven winners of the Tony Award for Best Play: Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, Angels in America: Perestroika, Love! Valour! Compassion!, Proof, Take Me Out, Doubt, and Clybourne Park.
Box Office Record:
The Broadway revival of A Little Night Music, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Angela Lansbury, achieved the box office record for the Walter Kerr Theatre. The production grossed $1,031,543 over eight performances, for the week ending January 3, 2010.