Next time you're walking through the theatre district and see that building that looks like a Broadway house but says "Times Square Church" on the marquee, remember it is a church, not some new concept-musical.
And remember that it used to be the gorgeous Art Deco-styled Mark Hellinger theatre. Michael Riedel recently told the story of what the hell is up with that:
In 1991, the church bought the Hellinger from Nederlander for $17 million and has been conducting services there ever since. The theater has not been home to a Broadway show for 22 years.
Yet Broadway's power brokers still covet it. It is the Holy Grail of Times Square theaters.
"It is the theater to have," says Philip J. Smith, the chairman of the Shubert Organization. "We chased it twice, but the church wouldn't sell..."
Happy Easter guys. Enjoy God's revenge on our little Sodom and Gomorrah.
The Mark Hellinger Theatre, then...