14. August Wilson Theatre

August Wilson Theatre Pass Over

Opened in 1925, the August Wilson Theatre honors Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson, who wrote a series of ten plays called The Pittsburgh Cycle. Designed by architects C. Howard Crane and Kenneth Franzheim, it opened as the Guild Theatre and first performed a revival of George Bernard Shaw’s play Caesar and Cleopatra. The theater was purchased in 1950 by The American National Theater and Academy, and three decades later it was bought by Jujamcyn Theaters, which still operates the theater to date under producer Jordan Roth.

The 1,222-seat theater has staged productions of Our Town in 1969, Cat On a Hot Tin Roof in 1974, Little Shop of Horrors in 2003, and its longest-running show Jersey Boys from 2005 to 2017. The theater changed its name to honor the late Wilson in 2005 just two weeks after his death. The theater put on Mean Girls from 2018 until Broadway was shut down. It reopened on August 4, 2021 with Pass Over, the play that made history by being the first stage play to re-open on Broadway.