Inside the TheatreStep Inside Broadway’s Stephen Sondheim TheatreCheck out the latest in our Inside the Theatre photo series that documents Broadway’s historic playhouses.
Hannah Vine, Marc J. Franklin
January 10, 2018
Playbill’s photo series Inside the Theatre captures the dazzling architecture and unseen details of the world’s most famous theatres, taking you inside all 41 of the Broadway houses. This week, we invite you into the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on 43rd Street, home to Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.
The Sondheim Theatre was constructed by architect H.C. Ingalls and originally owned by Henry Miller. It opened in 1918 as Henry Miller’s Theatre, and the following year, was home to George Gershwin’s first complete Broadway score: La, La, Lucille. The venue has showcased stars such as Noel Coward, Leslie Howard, Helen Hayes, and Ruth Chatterton. The longest-running show to play the theatre was Urinetown The Musical from 2001–2004.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical currently plays the Sondheim Theatre, where it opened January 12, 2014. With a book by Tony and Academy Award nominee Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, and choreography by Josh Prince, Beautiful details the life and career of Carole King.