PHOTO CALL: The Stephen Sondheim Theatre Unveiling and Lighting Ceremony

News   PHOTO CALL: The Stephen Sondheim Theatre Unveiling and Lighting Ceremony
Composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, a writer who changed the face of musical theatre, was on hand Sept. 15 for the official unveiling and lighting of the newly named Stephen Sondheim Theatre on West 43rd Street.

Formerly the Henry Miller's Theatre, at 124 W. 43rd St., the newly constructed venue opened in fall 2009 with Roundabout Theatre Company as the operator, but with Miller's name (and the historic façade) still attached. In spring 2010 — coinciding with Sondheim's 80th birthday, and owing to Roundabout's many productions of Sondheim's work — the organization announced the name change.

A crowd of onlookers watched as the Tony Award-winning composer-lyricist flipped a switch that illuminated a white-light sign representing his signature on the marquee of the former Henry Miller's Theatre. Among those in attendance were Harold Prince, director Mike Nichols, longtime pal Mary Rodgers Guettel, friend Phyllis Newman, friend and benefactor Ted Shen, director Eric Schaeffer, Roundabout board of directors chairman Tom Tuft, Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes, librettist John Weidman and performers Patti LuPone and Nathan Lane.

Here is a look at the ceremony:

The theatre is used for Roundabout productions. "Ensuring year-round occupancy of first-rate Broadway productions," the theatre will also be rented to commercial producers and other not-for-profit theatres.

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