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The Henry Miller's Theatre (named for an actor-producer who originally operated the venue) was largely lost as a Broadway house until 1998 when the Roundabout Theatre Company returned it to legitimate use with a revival of 'Cabaret' starring Natasha Richardson and Alan Cumming. After 'Cabaret' changed venues, the unusual musical 'Urinetown' about a town which charges its residents to pee opened at the Henry Miller's in 2001 and played until 2004 when it was forced to close to make way for construction a 57-story office tower. I recall visiting the theatre in 2003 to see a matinee of 'Urinetown' and remembered beams of wood creating a maze in the lobby leading to the orchestra seats. The venue was definitely in need of repair.
|Current tenant at the Stephen|
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The theatre which patrons visit today seats 1,055 and includes a women's restroom with 22 stalls. It must be an ironic scene each night as a line snakes out of the men's restroom where there is none at the women's. Remnants of the original theater are found throughout which include fire exit doors located above the balcony, plaster friezes and a Henry Miller's Theatre sign. Theatergoers will find the venue modern and comfortable to enjoy a night out at Broadway show.
The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is operated (in a 20-year lease) by the Roundabout Theatre Company making it the third for the non-profit on Broadway. The Roundabout's other Broadway venues are the American Airlines Theatre and Studio 54. The Stephen Sondheim currently houses the 2011 revival of 'Anything Goes' starring Sutton Foster and Joel Grey.
|The 1,055 seat auditorium.|
|The original theatre's fire exit doors located above the balcony.|
|A 1950's sign with the theatre's former name.|
|The sleek, new modern lobby spaces.|
(above images: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)
|Auditorium view from stage, plaster frieze decorating interior,|
replication of Henry Miller's Theater's lobby.
|Orchestra lobby, bar, one of two staircases leads to orchestra seats.|
(above images: Tishman Construction)