Stephen Sondheim Theatre Tickets (formerly Henry Miller's Theatre)

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Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly Henry Miller's Theatre)

124 West 43rd Street

2 Hours 45 Minutes; One 15 Minute Intermission

April 7, 2011 (Closing: January 8, 2012)

Broadway Musical

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The theater was designed by architects Paul R. Allen, and H.C. Ingalls of Ingalls and Hoffman for Henry Miller, the actor. When this Georgian style theater opened in 1918, it was thought to be one of the most luxurious theaters to be ever built on Broadway. This 950-seat theater had a two-balcony auditorium, resembling a movie house more than a legitimate theater. Marble and gilding was used in large quantities, and a massive chandelier hung from its domed ceiling. The façade was of a Palladian style red brick, with a trio of arched windows, above which the theater’s name was inscribed.

The first eight years were not good years for Henry Miller’s Theater, with no hits to its list of performances. Then in 1926, the theater got its first hit – his own play, The Vortex – starring Noël Coward. The theater remained with his family after he died the same year in 1926.

The Golden Years And After

While other theaters were on the decline after the Depression era, and were switching over to movies, and burlesque, or were converting to radio studios, this was the time when Henry Miller’s Theater hit the golden patch. The golden years of this theater were from the 1930s to the 1960s when top actors, including Helen Hayes, Leslie Howard, Lillian Gish, Douglas Fairbanks, and Ruth Chatterton, among others, graced its stage.

The Nederlander Organization bought the theater from the Millers in 1967, which instead of continuing it as a legitimate theater, leased it for movie screening. Andy Warhol’s Lonesome Cowboy premiered here in 1969. Its name was changed first to Park-Miller, and then to Avon-on-the-Hudson, and was soon known as one of the popular movie house showing pornography, until 1977.

Seymour Durst, of the then owners – The Durst Organization – announced to return the theater to its former glory, but instead, after a $2 million restoration, it opened as a disco – Xenon – in 1978, and remained so until the early 1980s, when the disco was shut down. It reopened in its new avatar as Kit Kat Klub in the mid 1990s for the revival of Cabaret, and then shut down again. It reopened in 2001 as Henry Miller’s Theater for the popular musical Urinetown.

Henry Miller’s theater was closed and torn down in early 2004, for building a large office tower, with a promise to build a theater in it.

The Reconstruction Of Henry Miller’s Theater

The historic Henry Miller’s Theater is being restored and reconstructed by the architectural firm of Cook+Fox. The original landmarked façade will be restored and preserved, along with the decorative plasterwork and the iconic urns at the 43rd Street entrance.

The new 1000 seat theater will be fully handicap accessible with 20 positions for wheelchairs. The theater will have a larger orchestra pit and the acoustic systems will be highly sophisticated.

This state-of-the-art Broadway theater, a 50:50 joint venture between The Durst Organization and Bank of America, will be ready for the people of New York by 2008, to capture the intimacy of the original Henry Miller’s Theater. For Henry Miller Theater Ticket information click the link.

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