Stephen Sondheim Theatre
This 1,055-seat house inside the new 55-story Bank of America Tower will be New York's first LEED rated theatre. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre (formerly Henry Miller's Theatre) is the first new Broadway theater built in over a decade and sets new standards for environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues. The Stephen Sondheim Theatre sits behind the preserved and restored neo-Georgian façade of the original 1918 theater. The theater and the Bank of America Tower at One Bryant Park are an Empire State Development Corporation project and a joint venture of The Durst Organization Inc. and Bank of America, N.A.
By 1969, after being used as a Broadway theatre for 51 years Henry Miller's Theatre was abandoned as a legitimate theater. In 1998, Roundabout Theatre Company transformed, reopened and operated the venue as a Broadway theatre with their Tony award winning production of Kander & Ebb's Cabaret. Cabaret ran for nine months, closed because of a construction accident at an adjacent building, re-opened briefly, and transferred to Studio 54 for a five-year run.
The revitalization of Henry Miller's Theatre is consistent with Roundabout's history of bringing dilapidated, lost theatres back to life and programming the venues as viable, live performance spaces for the benefit of theater artists and audiences and managing them efficiently.