Bye Bye Birdie


It is my pleasure to officially announce that Bye Bye Birdie will be the inaugural production at Henry Miller’s Theatre.

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

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It has turned out to be a day filled with exciting news. I am very happy to announce that John Stamos, Gina Gershon, Bill Irwin and Jayne Houdyshell will star in our upcoming production of Bye Bye Birdie.

John Stamos

Gina Gershon

Bill Irwin

Jane Houdyshell

John Stamos and Gina Gershon will play the iconic Albert Peterson and Rose Alvarez, and Bill Irwin and Jayne Houdyshell will serve as the parental figures, Mr. Harry MacAfee and Mrs. Mae Peterson.

It is truly an honor to bring together our dear friends John, Gina and Bill. John and Gina both appeared in Roundabout’s production of Cabaret, and, as you know, Bill can be seen at Studio 54 in Waiting for Godot, beginning previews tomorrow. It is also a pleasure to welcome Jayne Houdyshell, who has appeared in many of our playreadings and whose work I have always admired.

I look forward to sharing more news with you about the 2009-2010 season in the coming months.


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2009-2010 Season, Bye Bye Birdie