When the 86-year-old theatre is back in business in 2008, it will boast a largely modern interior, including an expanded lobby, an improved box office, dressing room area and fly gallery, and refurbished bathrooms. Retained from the old building will be the neo-Georgian façade, marquee, oval reception room and elements of the original detail work.
Seating capacity will be 900—the original count of the Henry Miller's orchestra and mezzanine.
The Miller's new look is being overseen by Cook + Fox Architects. Theatrical consulting partners for the project include Fisher Dachs Associates (who did the restorations of the Biltmore, New Victory and Second Stage theatres) and Broadway producers Dodger Stage Holding.
Urinetown was forced to end a successful run on Jan. 18 because of the Durst Organization's decision to execute long-held plans to erect a skyscraper on the Avenue of the Americas between 42nd and 43rd Streets. That area includes Henry Miller's Theatre, located at 124 West 43rd Street. The new theatre will be part of the new complex.
* Henry Miller's Theatre opened in 1918 and was the home for Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize-winning Our Town, T.S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party, Agatha Christie's Witness for the Prosecution and The Andersonville Trial with George C. Scott. In the 1960s, the theatre began showing adult films, and housed a number of nightclubs, including Xenon. The theatre returned to legit use as the original home of the Roundabout Theatre Company's Tony Award-winning revival of Cabaret.