Mayor Michael Bloomberg Presents Key to Studio 54 to Roundabout Theatre, Sept. 23

News   Mayor Michael Bloomberg Presents Key to Studio 54 to Roundabout Theatre, Sept. 23
 
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will present the key to Studio 54 to new owner, Roundabout Theatre Company artistic director Todd Haimes, at a Sept. 23 special celebration commemorating the non-profit's purchase of the former discotheque as its new Broadway home.

Studio 54's current resident, Cabaret, will lend its Kit Kat Club Band to perform at the 6-7 PM evening, where Roundabout regulars Jane Krakowski (Nine), Jenna Elfman (Nine) and Jon Secada (Cabaret) will appear. Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields, City Council Member Christine Quinn, Mayor Bloomberg and Todd Haimes will offer comments at the event to take place at Studio 54.

Roundabout will also roll out its roster of celebs who have taken part in productions, including Cynthia Nixon (The Women), Bill Irwin (Scapin), Denis O'Hare (Cabaret), Raul Esparza (Cabaret), Tyrone Giordano (Big River), Dan Jenkins (Big River), Michele Pawk (Cabaret), Mary Louise Wilson (Cabaret) and more.

"Roundabout is excited that we now have a beautiful landmark theatre that will become a showcase for our musical productions," Roundabout spokesperson Jim Grossman previously told Playbill On-Line (July 24). The nearly $25 million deal was completed on July 23 with the sale of over $17 million in bonds added to a $6.75 million grant from New York City, $1 million from the State of New York and $315,000 from the Office of the Manhattan Borough President.

The former discotheque — located at 254 West 54th Street — becomes Roundabout's third house in Manhattan's theatre district. The non-profit already holds a long-term lease on the American Airlines Theatre, the Broadway house at 227 West 42nd Street formerly known as the Selwyn. In addition, the company is currently renovating the space at 111 West 46th Street — known as the American Place Theatre.

The ongoing renovations to the American Place are expected to be completed by early 2004, Grossman also confirmed. In a previous written statement, Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes said the company would rename the theatre after Laura Pels, in honor of the producer, philanthropist, long-term Roundabout board member and owner of Paris' Theatre de l'Atelier.

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