Intended primarily for children’s theatre, Teatro Heckscher was home to many Broadway tryouts during the 1930′s and was the original site for the Joseph Papp New York Shakespeare Festival. The theatre was the site for a special tribute to Tito Puente, as part of the 39th Annual GRAMMY awards and is now part of the New York City’s Historic Music Trail.
The Teatro Heckscher’s interior contains Scenes from Children’s Literature, a series of monumental murals designed in 1921 by the gifted illustrator and painter, Willy Pogany (1882-1955).
The site consists of a lobby – which serves the building and El Museo – and the theatre. The theatre includes a vestibule, which serves as the primary entry/exit passageway, a box office, orchestra and balcony seating areas, an orchestra pit, two restrooms at the balcony level, one ADA compliant bathroom at Orchestra level, stage and fly space, and dressing and preparatory rooms.