The Roundabout Theatre Company has announced that the Henry Miller’s Theatre on West 43rd Street will be renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
The announcement was made by James Lapine and John Weidman at the curtain call following the Roundabout’s gala performance of the new Broadway musical Sondheim on Sondheim at Studio 54 on Monday, March 22, which is Sondheim’s 80th birthday.
The Roundabout currently has a long-time lease on the Henry Miller’s, which reopened last fall with its production of Bye Bye Birdie. The original theater was built in 1918. The theater is currently being leased to All About Me, starring Michael Feinstein and Dame Edna, which is not a Roundabout production.
Sondheim is the winner of an Academy Award, numerous Tony Awards (including a special award for Lifetime Achievement), multiple Grammy Awards, and a Pulitzer Prize, among many other honors.
“Stephen Sondheim is, quite simply, an artistic genius,” said Todd Haimes, the Roundabout’s artistic director. “Perhaps no writer of musical theatre has had a greater influence on his chosen art form. We are so proud that Roundabout has had the privilege of being a theatrical home to some of Steve’s greatest works, including Company, Follies, Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George, and the concert performance of A Little Night Music.”
A small group of Stephen Sondheim devotees initiated a generous contribution to the renaming dedication of the theater to support Roundabout’s Musical Production Fund; the amount of the contribution is not being disclosed.