The Stephen Sondheim Theatre opened on April 1, 1918 as Henry Miller’s Theatre after the London-born actor and producer.
Henry Miller inaugurated his namesake playhouse with Louis Evan Shipman’s romantic comedy The Fountain of Youth starring himself.
Designed by Architects Allen, Ingalls, and Hoffman, the 950-seat theatre was made after to feel like a cozy, intimate venue for audiences.
Stephen Sondheim Theatre lobby
Early in its history, the theatre showcased the work of legends such as Noel Coward, Leslie Howard, Helen Hayes, and Ruth Chatterton.
One of Broadway’s all-time greatest talents marked a milestone at Henry Miller’s Theatre: composer George Gershwin wrote his first complete score to a musical, La, La, Lucille, which opened in 1919.
In addition, the theatre premiered many iconic plays including Thornton Wilder’s Our Town and R.C. Sherriff’s Journey’s End.
In 1968, the Nederlanders sold the theatre to developer Seymour Durst. As Durst set out to purchase and rebuild an entire city block, the theatre played movies and became a discotheque in the 1970s.
In 1998, the theatre was renovated by the Roundabout Theatre Company and re-opened with an acclaimed Broadway revival of Cabaret.
In 2004, the Durst Organization and Bank of America demolished the building, leaving only the building’s original façade, in order to create a new state of the art “green” theatre, designed to minimize its energy use and contribution to environmental pollution.