Manhattan West Development To Include 160-Seat Theater Venue With Broadway Connections

The new eight-acre Manhattan West mixed-use development complex in New York City will add a 10,000-square-foot entertainment and restaurant space in 2021, including an intimate, 160-seat theater with programming developed in part by Broadway producers Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

Wagner and Johnson’s Broadway credits include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Waverly Gallery, Hillary and Clinton, Carousel, Three Tall Women, Hello, Dolly! and A Raisin in the Sun, among others as well as touring and West End productions.

Last year, the duo formed Wagner Johnson Productions to produce and general manage an array of theatrical productions, including the upcoming Almost Famous musical. They also produced last February’s one-time-only benefit staging of Scott Rudin’s To Kill a Mockingbird Broadway hit at Madison Square Garden for 18,000 New York City public school students.

The venue at Manhattan West – the development runs from Ninth to Tenth Avenues and 31st to 33rd Streets, just east of the Hudson Yards complex – will be called The Midnight Theatre, and is being described by developer Brookfield Properties and design company Elemental as a “contemporary variety theatre” with state of the art projection and sound systems. Original content at the theater is expected to include narrative magic shows, theatrical plays, contemporary musical performances, comedians, podcasts, and livestreams.

The venue’s theater program will be led by Warren Adcock, founder of the hospitality and experience design company Elemental, with Wagner and Johnson producing what developers are calling “intimate Broadway experiences.” (The venue’s 160-seat capacity is a fraction of the Broadway theaters, some of which have more than 1,500 seats.)

“Wagner Johnson Productions will leverage its deep experience working within the theatrical community to connect Broadway’s top artists and artisans to the Midnight Theatre,” said Adcock in a statement. “2021 will mark the long-awaited rebirth of New York’s theater industry, and Midnight Theatre – under the producorial stewardship of WJP – will help reunite Broadway talent and audiences in a unique, innovative, and intimate setting.”

Performances will be announced in 2021, with the venue scheduled to open summer 2021.

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