Stephen Sondheim Theatre Lights Up on Broadway

Henry Miller’s Theatre officially became The Stephen Sondheim Theatre today. The new name recognizes the contributions of lyricist and composer Stephen Sondheim, who composed music for such plays as A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, A Little Night Music, and Sweeney Todd as well as lyrics for hits like West Side Story and Gypsy.

The theatre originally opened as the Henry Miller Theatre in 1918. While it would be a romantic notion to say it kept that name up until today, that was certainly not the case. The theatre went through quite a few phases, including nightclub and movie theater, of both a “legitimate” and “less than legitimate” variety.

Best perhaps the extensive renovations performed in 2004 completely rebuilt the venue, placing the theatre itself underground. The front facade was the only aspect of the original building preserved.

The first show in the “new” Stephen Sondheim Theatre will be The Pee-Wee Herman Show, a revival of the original stage show that eventually spawned the more well known television program and feature films. While my childhood involved a lot of Saturday morning TV shows, that was not one of them, so I have nothing particularly geeky to add about it.

You can find tickets for that show, and future shows, on the also newly renamed Stephen Sondheim Theatre Tickets page.