Location: New York, New York
Address: 124 W. 43rd St.
Capacity: approx 1050
The revered Stephen Sondheim Theatre was formerly known as Henry Miller's Theatre, which was built in 1918. The venue was built by British actor and producer Henry Miller, designed by the architects Allen, Ingalls and Hoffman and featured a cozy 950 seats (later expanded to 1,055). The venue was constructed to be remarkably intimate with a dual balcony that allowed audience members to feel like they were a part of the action. It was also one of the few theatres of the time to have air conditioning. The theatre would host a number of productions and become a movie house and a night club before it was purchased by the Roundabout Theatre in 1998 and returned to legitimate use. It was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in 2009 to honor one of the greatest composers in the history of Broadway.
The venue opened up its doors in 1918 with Louis Evan Shipman's comedy The Fountain of Youth. Audience members weren't enthralled with the new play, but they raved about the new playhouse's cozy dimensions and stunning acoustics. It would soon become the home of many memorable American dramas and give many storied actors their big start.
The playhouse's first big hit came in 1926 with Ferenc Molnár's comedy The Play's The Thing, which ran for 326 performances, a record-breaking mark for the venue at that time. The theatre enjoyed critical success in 1938 with Thornton Wilder's Our Town, starring Frank Craven and Martha Scott., which would go on to earn the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. While the show centered on the lives of two neighboring families in Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, it was especially ground-breaking for its use of a nearly empty stage while still capturing audiences' imaginations.
The venue would eventually host a number of hits such as The Moon is Blue, Born Yesterday and The Subject Was Roses. The playhouse would recapture some of its old glory in 1998 with the opening of Cabaret, which would share performances between the venue and Studio 54. It would run for more than 2,300 performances, making it the longest-running production to ever grace its stage.
The Stephen Sondheim Theatre has gone through a number of changes and renovations over the years and it remains one of the preeminent spots for legitimate theatre on Broadway.
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