We owe endless thanks to our Board member Douglas Durst, the Durst Organization, and Bank of America for entrusting Roundabout with the programming of this beautiful new theatre. With the Henry Miller’s Theatre, we will be able to support and nurture more artists each year, develop new audiences, create more employment, increase our educational outreach, and greater serve our family of subscribers.
Roundabout first occupied the Henry Miller’s Theatre in 1998, nearly 30 years after it had been abandoned as a legitimate theatre. We transformed and reopened the space for our production of Cabaret, but were forced to find an alternate home for the production (namely, Studio 54) after a construction accident at an adjacent building. Our upcoming re-occupancy of the space takes us full-circle and marks a milestone in our proud history of bringing lost theatres back to life as viable live performance venues.
The 1,055-seat house is located inside the new Bank of America Tower on 43rd Street, near Bryant Park, and it will be New York’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rated theatre, setting new standards for the environmentally sustainable design and construction of performing arts venues. It is also the first “green” theatre; it was constructed with environmentally-responsible materials and great care was taken to create the best possible indoor environment for audiences, performers, and production staff.
And I would like to express my deepest gratitude to each of you, our audience, for helping to bring Roundabout to this stage.
P.S. Read more about the "green" aspects of Henry Miller's Theatre in The New York Times
2009-2010 Season, Bye Bye Birdie, Roundabout News
In Wishful Drinking, which is based on the bestselling book of the same title, Carrie recounts the true and intoxicating tale of her life as a Hollywood legend. The daughter of Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, Carrie became a cultural icon when she starred as “Princess Leia” in the first Star Wars trilogy at 19 years old. Forever changed, Carrie’s life did not stay picture perfect. Fisher is the life of the party in this uproarious and sobering look at her Hollywood hangover.
Wishful Drinking premiered in November 2006 at the Geffen Playhouse and has since completed successful runs at a number of not-for-profit theatre organizations around the country. I am honored that Carrie has chosen to continue in this tradition by allowing Roundabout to bring her work to Broadway.
Tony Taccone, Artistic Director of Berkeley Repertory Theatre, will direct the production, and Alexander V. Nichols will provide scenic, lighting and projection design. Previews will begin on Tuesday, September 22nd and Opening Night will be Sunday, October 4th.
2009-2010 Season, Wishful Drinking