After Which Artist Would You Name a New Broadway House? Readers Respond

It was recently reported that the Shubert Organization plans to build a new state-of-the-art Broadway theatre between West 45th and 46th Streets. With this possibility, Playbill.com wanted to know after whom our readers thought the new Broadway house should be named.

Click through to see some of the popular responses.

Ethel Merman
Ethel Merman

Nathan Hinds The Ethel Merman. She paved the way for the belters of today.

Michael Fitzpatrick The Ethel Merman Theater... No brainer

Janet Moskowitz Ethel Merman
Kevin Thomason The Ethel Merman Theatre, obviously.
Allan O'Grady Cuseo The Ethel Merman

Matt Bancroft The Merman
Phill Greenland The Merman is long overdue. Sixteen shows as a star in which she frequently carried most or all of the run, a legend, the original high belt/mixer, and a fifty-year career - seems like a no-brainer.


Ethel Merman made her Broadway debut in 1930 in Girl Crazy. She became one of the biggest Broadway stars of her era, a woman whose name became synonymous with the musical theatre. Her many other theatrical credits include George White's Scandals; Take a Chance; Anything Goes; Red, Hot and Blue; Stars in Your Eyes; DuBarry Was a Lady; Panama Hattie; Something for the Boys; Annie Get Your Gun; Call Me Madam; Happy Hunting; Gypsy and Hello, Dolly! Merman was nominated for Tony Awards for her performances in Gypsy and Happy Hunting and won the Tony for her work in Call Me Madam. She also received a Special Tony Award in 1972.

Elaine Stritch
Elaine Stritch (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Jane DiBartolo The Elaine Stritch
Hank Trout The Elaine Stritch Theater

James Tocydlowski Elaine Stritch Theater
Judy Muller Elaine Stritch Theatre!

Paul David Miller The (Elaine) Stritch Theatre. I'm sure in due time it would be referred to as "The Stritchy".

Krloz Ruben Elaine Stritch Theater... Period!

Shauna Lazarus The Elaine Strich of course!

Kimberly Smrcka How about the Stritch.

Nicholas Gustafson The Elaine Stritch Theatre

Christian Zilko The Elaine Stritch Theatre

Jackie Specht I vote for Elaine stritch.

Dane Maccio I vote for Elaine Stritch also

Kim Vasquez The Stritch!

Emma Barrera The Elaine Stritch Theater

Tony Daniel Sloan Elaine Stritch Theatre!

Richard Bradbury The Elaine Stritch

Thom Neill The Stritch

Larry Fields The Elaine Stritch Theatre. No one deserves it more. She bridged the gap from the golden age of broadway to the present, and shared it all with us-making us feel as if we experienced it all right along with her.

Anthony Ramirez The Elaine Stritch!
Suzie McKay Elaine Stritch Center.

Bobby Bennett The Elaine Stritch Theater

Berrett Maynard Stritch Theater

Joep Hupperetz The Stritch Theatre

Josh Parkin-Ring I vote for Stritch

Bobby Fort The Stritch

Jeff Hutchins Another Stritch vote here.

Jeremy Heinerich Elaine Stritch theater

Liliana Farley The Stritch Theatre
Mjj Cashman The Elaine Stitch...but they'll need more bartenders. Cheers, Mahler!


Douglas Robertson I'd vote for the Elaine Stritch

ImaLittle Teapot The Stritch Theater


Elaine Stritch, the sandpaper-voiced, Tony-winning actress, was best-known for creating the role of Joanne in the Stephen Sondheim musical Company, and introduced audiences to the show-stopper "The Ladies Who Lunch." The iconic Broadway figure, who died July 17 at the age of 89, made her Broadway debut in 1946. Her numerous stage credits included Pal Joey, Call Me Madam, Bus Stop, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Sail Away, Show Boat, A Delicate Balance, Show Boat and Elaine Stritch: At Liberty.

Angela Lansbury
Angela Lansbury

Eric Archer It is time to name a theatre for Angela Lansbury. The Lansbury has a nice ring. Get on it , Broadway League!!!

Tom Zurla The Angela Lansbury!!

Shawn K The Angela Lansbury Theatre

Perhaps best known her for work as TV sleuth Jessica Fletcher on "Murder, She Wrote," Angela Lansbury is one of the most celebrated stars of the Broadway stage. She received Tony Awards for her performances in Blithe Spirit, Sweeney Todd, Gypsy, Dear World and Mame, and she also appeared on The Great White Way in A Little Night Music, Gore Vidal's The Best Man, Deuce, Hotel Paradiso, A Taste of Honey, Anyone Can Whistle, The King and I and A Little Family Business. Her numerous film credits include "Gaslight," "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate," all of which brought the actress Academy Award nominations.

Bob Fosse
Bob Fosse

Tony Cassidy Bob Fosse Theater


Bob Fosse was a lean, blond dancer-actor in nightclubs, films and on Broadway before he blossomed as a visionary stage and film choreographer and director; he was Tony-nominated as Best Actor in a Musical in 1964 for playing Joey in Pal Joey, a role he understudied on Broadway in 1952. In one year, 1973, he won the Academy Award for his direction of the film "Cabaret," Tonys for Direction and Choreography of Pippin and Emmys for the Direction and Choreography of the TV special "Liza With a Z." He was later Oscar-nominated for direction of the biopic "Lenny" in 1975 and for the screenplay and direction of "All That Jazz" in 1980. He won his last Tony in 1986 for the choreography of Big Deal.

Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch

Emily DeRoo The Marvin Hamlisch Theater

McKenna Phelps The Marvin Hamlisch.

Barbara Silber Hamlisch Hall

Rodrigo VT Marvin Hamlisch Theatre

Sandhya Higgins Marvin Hamlisch Theater


Marvin Hamlisch was the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of A Chorus Line, Sweet Smell of Success, They're Playing Our Song, Smile and The Nutty Professor. He was also an Oscar-winning composer who penned such classics as "The Way We Were" and "Nobody Does It Better."

Cole Porter
Cole Porter

Jared Goerke The Cole Porter theater.

Zach Theberge The Cole Porter Theatre

Ana Quintanilla The Cole Porter Theater

Peter Docherty Cole Porter


Composer-lyricist Cole Porter penned such musicals as Anything Goes; Jubilee; Red, Hot and Blue; Leave It to Me!; Panama Hattie; Something for the Boys; and Kiss Me, Kate, among others.

Oscar Hammerstein
Oscar Hammerstein

Christian Prato The Oscar Hammerstein II Theatre

Joshua Shockey Like The Hammerstein
Rory Lance Hammerstein is the only option.

Blake Sherman The Oscar Hammerstein II Theater
Jim Shults The Oscar Hammerstein II.


Oscar Hammerstein II contributed the book and lyrics to musicals including Show Boat, Rose-Marie and Golden Dawn. His many collaborations with Richard Rodgers included  Oklahoma!, Cinderella, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I and The Sound of Music, among others.

Andrew Lloyd Webber
Andrew Lloyd Webber (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Kim Carter Andrew Lloyd Webber
Richard Jutras The Lloyd Webber (let`s face it - his show is The Longest running)

Kyna Miller-Cole The Andrew Lloyd Webber Theatre. This man has composed such memorable music. His plays have run up and down Broadway and he should be honored.

Tara Thelen the Andrew Lloyd Webber Theater

Julia Consiglio The Andrew Lloyd Webber theatre

Andrew Lloyd Webber is the Tony-winning composer of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Cats, By Jeeves, Sunset Boulevard, Whistle Down the Wind, Song and Dance, The Phantom of the Opera and more.

Irving Berlin
Irving Berlin


 Bruce Fontaine The Irving Berlin

Alene Schonhaut How about the Jonathan Larson Theatre?


Molly Farrell-Savage Irving Berlin Theatre sounds good to me!


Irving Berlin wrote thousands of songs in his 103-year life, including hits from Annie Get Your Gun, Call Me Madam and As Thousands Cheer.

Harold Prince
Harold Prince (Photo by Joseph Marzullo/WENN)

Gary Hall The Harold Prince Theater


Erica Figurin Prince Theatre


With a record 21 Tony Awards – more than any other individual – Harold Prince reigns over Broadway. Prince began his career in 1948 as an assistant stage manager, under the auspice of Broadway director George Abbott, and later went on to produce such musicals as The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees, West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof and She Loves Me, which he also directed. He's staged some of Broadway's most indelible musicals including Cabaret, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures, On the Twentieth Century, Sweeney Todd, Evita, Merrily We Roll Along, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Parade and the longest-running musical in Broadway history, The Phantom of the Opera.

Jonathan Larson
Jonathan Larson

Lilli Brietzke The Larson for Jonathon Larson

Joshua Ray Garcia The Jonathan Larson
Gwion Jones The Larson Theatre


Jonathan Larson is the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer of Rent and tick, tick, Boom!