How One Man Literally Fell for Broadway
How to Fall in love with Broadway. Literally. While Broadway is known for it’s drama and theatricality, what happened this past weekend at Broadway’s oldest operating theatre is no high tale of drama.Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the news of a theatergoer this weekend who fell out of The Lyceum Theatre landing on the theater’s marquee moments before the show was set to begin.
It all happened this weekend at The Lyceum Theater located on 45th street. Moments before The Nance, the current show housed there, was about to begin, a man fell from a window that gave way falling onto the theatre’s marquee jsut feet below. Reports stated the man leaded against a window, which may haver actually been french doors, hidden mostly by curtains. Upon leaning against them, the doors opened and the man fell backwards and outside onto the top of the theatre marquee.
The New York fire department was called and the man was rescued in a cherry picker from the top of the marquee. No glass was reported broken in the incident and the man is currently being treated for minor injuries to the chest, head and back. The man was in his 60’s. The show began it’s scheduled 3 PM matinee right on time and the cast was not aware that anything had even occurred at the theatre until after the performance.
There were a variety of reports that came out of the scene. One of them stated the man was leaning backwards on his chair which caused the window/set of doors to open. Another usher stood confused stating that the doors were normally locked before every performance. Finally, a restaurant owner from across the street reported it took the fire department 15 minutes to get the man down.
When asked about the incident, The Shubert Organization said:
“The safety of our patrons is a top priority of the Shubert Organization. The causes of yesterday’s accident at the Lyceum are being investigated this morning. We extend our sincere apologies to Mr. George Poulos. We are monitoring his condition, offering our support and wishing him a speedy recovery. We conduct regular safety inspections of all our theatres. We regret yesterday’s incident and will continue to take whatever steps are needed to prevent any future problems. Again, we offer our sincere apologies to Mr. Poulos.”
The Lyceum Theater opened in 1903 and is the oldest operating legit Broadway theatre in New York City. The theatre is currently owned and operated by The Shubert Organization which also owns 16 other Broadway venues. The theatre was the first ever Broadway house to be granted landmark status in 1974 and is one of the only Broadway theatres operating under it’s original name to this day.
I’ve been lucky enough to attend a few productions at The Lyceum Theater on Broadway and it is my personal opinion an absolutely gem of the theatre district. It has a variety of features you will never find in a current day venue and has something so historically beautiful about it, you can’t help but just stare sometimes at the structure as a whole. That being said, I definitely would love to see The Shubert Organization send some love over to The Lyceum Theater in terms of a major restoration or renovation of the space. I can only imagine how far a little love into this space would go in helping to restore one of Broadway’s best venues for small theatrical productions.
While it seems many of us may never know exactly what happened at The Lyceum Theater this past weekend, we can all definitely agree that this type of saga has help taken the drama of Broadway to a new level. It will be interesting to see if The Shubert Organization announces any sort of plans to work or rework aspects of the old theatre as a result of this accident. For more information, check out The Shubert Organization’s Official Website. Be sure to check Luner on Theatre on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter as well! We are constantly updating these pages with information! And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!