By Julia O'Donnell
Stephen Sondheim, center, joined by friends, lights the marquee of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Photo courtesy of Chris Fantauzzi.
October 1, 2010 - On September 15, members of the Broadway community gathered to honor legendary composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim with the naming of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The dedication of the theatre – which is located at 124 West 43rd Street – was made possible by a group of Sondheim devotees and the Roundabout Theatre Company. Joining Stephen Sondheim at the ceremony were longtime colleagues and Broadway performers, including Patti LuPone, Nathan Lane, librettist John Weidman and Tom Tuft, Chairman of Roundabout Theatre Company’s Board of Directors.
Sondheim’s most famous scores include Assassins, Into the Woods, Sunday in the Park with George, A Little Night Music, Follies, Company and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, as well as the lyrics for West Side Story and Gypsy. His works have won him various awards and industry recognition, including several Tony Awards and a special award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theatre, numerous Grammy Awards, an Academy Award for Best Song for “Sooner or Later (I Always Get My Man)” from Dick Tracy; and a Pulitzer Prize in Drama for Sunday in the Park with George.
The Roundabout Theatre Company has produced five Sondheim revivals, including Company, Follies, Tony Award-winning Assassins, Pacific Overtures, Sunday in the Park with George and, recently, the acclaimed production of Sondheim on Sondheim. With the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, Roundabout will create 80-100 new jobs each year for artists and theatre staff through its activities.
In 2009, the Durst Organization and Bank of America completed construction of the theatre, which was formerly called Henry Miller’s Theatre, preserving the 1918 façade of the original building.
Stephen Sondheim addresses the crowd at a special ceremony commemorating
the naming of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Photo courtesy of Chris Fantauzzi.