Designed by architect Herbert J. Krapp, it was constructed as the Mansfield Theatre by the Chanin brothers in 1926. After 1933, the theatre fell into relative disuse until 1945, when Michael Myerberg bought it and leased it to CBS for television productions. In 1960, it was renamed after the former New York Times theater critic, Brooks Atkinson, and returned to legitimate use.
Refurbished in 2000, the theatre once again is illuminated by the original chandelier that had been removed over 40 years ago. It has 1,069 seats and is one of the Nederlander Organization's nine Broadway houses.
The revival of Grease is currently playing at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Previews began July 24, 2007 and the show opened on August 19, 2007. The show features Max Crumm as Danny Zuko and Laura Osnes as Sandy Dumbrowski. Max and Laura were the winners of the 2006-2007 reality TV show Grease: You're the One that I Want which selected a new Danny and Sandy for the revival through a massive nation-wide casting call. The new revival features an updated score, combining music from the stage version and the movie version.
|Show||Opening day||Closing day||Notes|
|The Rainmaker||November 11, 1999||January 23, 2000||Revival|
|Uncle Vanya||April 30, 2000||June 11, 2000||Revival|
|Jane Eyre||December 10, 2000||June 10, 2001||2001 Best Musical nominee|
|Noises Off||November 1, 2001||September 1, 2002|| Revival |
2002 Best Revival of a Play nominee
|Medea||December 10, 2002||February 22, 2003||Revival|
|The Look of Love||May 4, 2003||June 15, 2003|
|Jackie Mason's Laughing Room Only||November 19, 2003||November 30, 2003|
|Jumpers||April 25, 2004||July 11, 2004|| Revival |
2004 Best Revival of a Play nominee
|Democracy||November 18, 2004||April 17, 2005||2005 Best Play nominee|
|Mark Twain Tonight||June 9, 2005||June 26, 2005|
|The Blonde in the Thunderbird||July 17, 2005||July 24, 2005|
|The Odd Couple||October 27, 2005||June 4, 2006||Revival|
|The Times They Are A-Changin'||October 26, 2006||November 19, 2006|
|A Moon for the Misbegotten||April 9, 2007||Revival|
|Grease||July 24, 2007|| Revival |