Formerly the Henry Miller's Theatre, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre was one of forty-three theaters built around Broadway in the early 1900s. The theater was the lifelong dream of actor and producer Henry Miller, and his dream was realized when his theater opened in 1918 with a production of the play Fountain of Youth. While initial productions were largely flops, the 1919 staging of Mis' Nelly of N'Orleans proved to be the theater's lucky charm. The theater would go on to stage successful shows like La La Lucille, Romeo and Juliet, Journey's End, Our Town, Cabaret, Bye Bye Birdie, Anything Goes, and most recently, & Juliet, which holds the theater's box office record.

In 2010, the theater was renamed in honor of award-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, known for such works as West Side Story, Company, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, and many more.

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About Stephen Sondheim Theatre

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  • The Stephen Sondheim Theatre has a capacity of 1,055 seats split across two levels: Orchestra and Mezzanine. Additional press boxes are located at the front of the Mezzanine.
  • The original Henry Miller auditorium had a capacity of 950 seats split across three levels, two of which were elevated balconies. It was designed to be more intimate, with accessible and affordable seats on the balconies.
  • The new auditorium had to be constructed without exceeding the theater's original facade and was thus constructed by excavating 70 feet below street level. Two-thirds of the theater's capacity is in the Orchestra, which is below ground level. The ground-level entrance leads to the Mezzanine.
  • Both levels have decent views in all sections, owing to their stepped rows. Yet, patrons might find some sight line restrictions at the ends of the rows and in the rear seats. These seats also tend to be more affordable.
  • Seats in the Center Orchestra and Center Mezzanine offer the best views. The Center Mezzanine is particularly good for overhead views of the stage, a great spot for most musicals.
  • Rows H to L in the Orchestra are a good middle ground for seats that offer decent views and are affordable.
  • Row A in Orchestra and Row A in Mezzanine, as well as corner seats, offer the best legroom.
  • The wheelchair-accessible seats are Row A seats 7 and 8 and Row T seats 1 and 2, 13, and 14 in the Orchestra, and Row JJ seats 102, 104, 114, 116, 15, and 16 in the Mezzanine.
  • All levels are accessible via elevators.
  • Restrooms are located on all floors, including the lounge, lobby, and balcony levels. Accessible restrooms are located on the Orchestra level and can be reached via elevators.
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  • Address: 124 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036, United States
  • Bus: The nearest bus stop to the theater is on 6th Avenue and West 44th Street. Lines M55, QM2, QM3, QM4, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, and QM20 pass through this stop. The 6th Avenue and West 42nd Street stop is also within walking distance and services the M5, M7, and M55 lines.
  • Subway: The closest subway stations to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre are 42nd Street - Bryant Park servicing the B, D, F, M, and 7 lines, and 42nd Street - Times Square which caters to the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S lines.
  • Cars and cabs: Patrons may drive or taxi to the theater. Since the area gets crowded during show times or peak hours, the taxi is a better option. Patrons that arrive in their vehicles are advised to get there early to avoid delays and park at a nearby garage instead of attempting to find street parking.
  • Parking: The nearest garages to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre are Quik Park, Icon Parking, Laz Parking, Champion Parking, Edison ParkEast, and Bright Management, all within walking distance. Patrons may choose to use the ParkWhiz app for up-to-date information on each garage, including availability, pricing, and booking options.
  • Recommended mode of transport: We recommend using the subway for a straightforward and cost-efficient way to reach the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

Frequently asked questions about Stephen Sondheim Theatre

How old is the Stephen Sondheim Theatre in New York?

The venue is over 100 years old. The renovated structure is 15 years old.

When was the Stephen SondheimTheatre built?

The theater was constructed in 1918 and renovated thoroughly in 2009.

Who is the Stephen Sondheim named after?

The theater is named for the award-winning American composer and lyricist, Stephen Sondheim, known for such works as West Side Story, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, Into the Woods, and many more. It was originally named after the actor and producer Henry Miller, who built and operated it and even starred in several of its earlier productions.

What is the address of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

219 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036, United States.

How do I reach the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

The theater is accessible via car, taxi, subway, and bus. All the nearest stops are located within walking distance of the theater's entrance.

Who owns Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

The theater is owned by the Durst Organization and operated by the Roundabout Theatre Company.

How many seats are in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

The theater has a capacity of 1,055 seats.

Are children allowed at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

Patrons of all ages may visit the theater. Some shows may have specific age restrictions owing to mature content.

Is the Stephen Sondheim Theatre accessible to people with special needs?

The theater has designated wheelchair-accessible and transfer seats and an accessible restroom on the second level. The entire venue is designed with accessibility in mind and all levels can be reached via elevators. It also offers assistive listening devices, induction loops, on-demand closed captioning, and more.

What shows have played at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

The theater has staged showings of everything from musicals like Sweeney Todd and Cabaret to dramas like Romeo and Juliet. It has staged some long-running shows like Beautiful: The Carole King Musical!, and its most recent show is & Juliet.

Has & Juliet always been at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

Having previously played at West End and other prominent locations, & Juliet made its way to Broadway on 17 November 2022, premiering at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

What are the best seats in the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

The best views in the theater are in the Center Orchestra and Center Mezzanine. The theater's setup means most seats, including the more affordably priced ones, will give you decent views. The corner and Box seats are the least favorable, however, owing to sightline restrictions.

What should I wear to Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

There is no dress code for the theater. Patrons are encouraged to dress comfortably and bring a sweater.

How much do Stephen Sondheim Theatre tickets cost?

Ticket prices vary based on the show, date, timing, season, seating, and more. Tickets for & Juliet currently start at $106.50.

Does Stephen Sondheim Theatre have food?

While the theater does not allow outside food or drink, it does offer a selected menu of concessions at its bar. It does not serve hot food, however.

Are there any dining options available near the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

Centrally located, the theater makes dining an accessible option whether you're after a pre-show snack or a post-show meal. The area is home to a wide array of cuisines, including the Irish Connolly's, French Cafe Un Deux Trois, Italian Carmine's and John's Pizzeria, and continental Sardi's.

What are some attractions or things to do near the Stephen Sondheim Theatre?

Finding sights to see near the theater is hardly difficult since there is something historically or culturally significant at every turn. The area's fixtures include Times Square, Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum, museums, memorials, iconic landmarks, and niche experiences that you'll stumble upon as you explore the theater district.

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