Manhattan Theatre Club

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Manhattan Theatre Club
TypeTheatre group
PurposeTheatre company
  • 311 West 43rd Street, New York City

Manhattan Theatre Club (MTC) is a theatre company located in New York City, affiliated with the League of Resident Theatres. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Lynne Meadow and Executive Producer Barry Grove, Manhattan Theatre Club has grown since its founding in 1970 from an Off-Off Broadway showcase into one of the country's most acclaimed theatre organizations.

MTC's many awards include 19 Tony Awards,[1] six Pulitzer Prizes, 48 Obie Awards and 32 Drama Desk Awards, as well as numerous Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Awards.[1] MTC has won the Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Achievement, a Drama Desk for Outstanding Excellence, and a Theatre World for Outstanding Achievement.[2][3][4]

MTC produces Broadway and Off-Broadway plays and musicals.

Notable productions[edit]


At its founding, the Manhattan Theatre Club staged off-off-Broadway productions at Stage 73, located at 321 East 73rd Street.[5]

In 1984, MTC moved to its ongoing Off-Broadway productions to New York City Center's lower level. Its performance space comprises a 299-seat theatre with fixed seating (Stage I)[6] and a 150-seat studio theatre with variable seating configurations (Stage II).

The MTC added a venue for Broadway productions when it purchased the Biltmore Theatre in 2001;[7] the theatre was renamed the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre on September 4, 2008, in honor of Broadway publicist Samuel Friedman.[8] After the 2001 purchase, the MTC commenced renovations, re-opening in October 2003. With 650 seats the Friedman has about two-thirds of the capacity of the old Biltmore Theatre.


  1. ^ a b Manhattan Theatre Club List of Awards Won by MTC, accessed August 18, 2015.
  2. ^ "The Lucille Lortel Awards". May 5, 2013. Archived from the original on September 8, 2012. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  3. ^ The Broadway League. "Manhattan Theatre Club (Lynne Meadow, Artistic Director; Barry Grove, Executive Producer) | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". IBDB. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  4. ^ "Awards". Manhattan Theatre Club. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
  5. ^ "Stage 73". Lortel Archives. Retrieved August 19, 2023. Home of Manhattan Theatre Club from 1970-1984.
  6. ^ Gussow, Mel, "Manhattan Theatre Club Moving To City Center Space", The New York Times, October 24, 1984, Section C; p. 21.
  7. ^ Kuchwara, Michael, "A nonprofit success story makes the big move to Broadway", The Associated Press, May 22, 2001 (no page number).
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth, "Broadway's Biltmore Becomes the Friedman on Sept. 4" Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine,, September 4, 2008.

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