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Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

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  • Midtown West
  • price 4 of 4
Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre

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Named after the bullish head of the Shubert Organization, Gerald Schoenfeld, this 1,079-seat space (known until 2005 as the Plymouth) features a relatively restrained neoclassical interior, done in the Adam style. Historic productions there include the world premiere of Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth in 1942 (featuring Talluleh Bankhead), The Odd Couple in 1965 and the musical Jekyll & Hyde in 1997.


236 W 45th St
New York
Cross street:
between Broadway and Eighth Aves
Subway: N, Q, R, 1, 2, 3 to 42nd St–Times Sq; A, C, E to 42nd St–Port Authority
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The Notebook

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Musicals
  • Open run

Broadway review by Adam Feldman  Here comes the rain again. Fans of the 2004 movie The Notebook will remember its most famous scene: After gathering steam for years, the romance between Noah and Allie condenses into a downpour, and their drenched bodies fuse together in a passionate embrace. Not since the Bible, perhaps, has a Noah taken better advantage of a deluge.  Ingrid Michaelson and Bekah Brunstetter’s Broadway version of Nicholas Sparks’s 1996 novel (the first of several musicals this season adapted from books that became films) takes pains to get this moment right, and it does. Rain descends in sheets from above, Noah and Allie come through in a clinch, and a significant portion of the audience swoons. A little of the water even splashes onto spectators in the front row; this is a show that wants to make people wet. That The Notebook succeeds to the extent that it does—at the performance I attended, multiple people were moved to tears by the musical’s final scenes—is a testament to the power of the familiar, and of talented actors to make it seem new.  In the movie, Noah and Allie are played at different ages by two pairs of actors; in the musical, there are three pairs of actors, and their stories are interwoven less chronologically. Younger Noah (John Cardoza) and Younger Aliie (Jordan Tyson) fall in love as teenagers but are separated by fate and meddling parents; Middle Noah (Ryan Vasquez) and Middle Allie (Joy Woods) reunite a decade later. We learn of them as O

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