Stephen Sondheim Theatre

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Greg Harris
Yonkers, NY1,305 contributions
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The Stephen Sondheim Theatre is a wonderful performance arts venue, located in the Theatre District of Midtown Manhattan, New York.

The theater was established by Henry Miller, an actor and producer in 1918 and named after American composer, Stephen Sondheim.

The Stephen Sondheim Theatre has featured numerous and world renowned theatrical performances, ranging from Pee-Wee Hermann & Ms. Doubtfire.

When celebrating my wife’s Happy Birthday in September of 2018, I brought and treated her and myself to view the broadway hit, Beautiful: The Carol King Musical at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.

We both found Beautiful: The Carol King Musical to be thoroughly entertaining and we definitely enjoyed the viewing of the show and the comfort of our seats.

The Theater’s staff were also very welcoming and courteous and did a great job on helping us to locate our seats in a timely fashion.

Should you attend a show at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre, you’ll definitely fall in love with this venue and have a great time!!!
Written June 16, 2022
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Sheryl T
Mahwah, NJ849 contributions
This is a lovely older theatre named for an acclaimed Broadway veteran who just turned 90. Right now there is nothing at it because in the next few weeks Mrs. Doubtfire will open here. The orchestra is actually downstairs. Like so many theaters the seats are small so be prepared.
Written March 9, 2020
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MGB724
New York City, NY51 contributions
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We recently watched Beautiful here and our seats were located in the Left Side Orchestra section, Row A. The play was amazing but our seats made it very difficult to see the left side of the stage and there were a few scenes that had actors positioned there. Our view of the right side of the stage was also blocked due to many scenes featuring a large piano so we were unable to see that side of the stage for a large portion of the show. Being so close to the orchestra made it hard to here some of the lyrics, but not terribly difficult, just slightly softer than if you were seated farther away. The theater is very small and most of the seats past the 4th-5th rows offered great views in all orchestra sections. The theater was very clean and there was a comfortable amount of leg room. The staff will immediately remind you that there are no photos or videos allowed before, during, or after the show, which may be why there are so few photos available of seat views.
Written March 5, 2017
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paul3776
Paramus, NJ757 contributions
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Stephen Sondheim Theater is a beautiful multi-leveled venue for Broadway shows. It seems that all seats, which are somewhat roomier than many Broadway theaters are closer to the stage for some reason. Modern decor, elevator service, bar area are all plusses. If there is any complaint here it's the lack of suffient restroom facilities which are quite limited making for very long lines for both men & women.
Written February 19, 2017
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ckatmomi
Union, NJ412 contributions
This theater at first glance seems very nice with elevators going to each level. Our seats were in the mezzanine which is on ground level. We were delighted until we entered and found a steep set of stairs going down to our seats. There were people who were unable to walk these steps, including my friend. Although someone in the last row was willing to switch seats with her, the usher did not allow it and she was given an uncomfortable folding chair in the orchestra. She wound up watching the second acgt on a TV screen in the lounge.
Written April 7, 2018
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Susan M
Warwickshire, UK18 contributions
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Our experience of this cute little theatre was good. We called in on the day we wanted tickets. The staff in the box office were patient and polite and soon we had purchased two of the only four tickets available in the orchestra so we were delighted.
The show itself was outstanding. The sets were simple but brilliant and the performers sang the songs enthusiastically and totally in role as the stars they were meant to be.
We loved every moment of this toe tapping fast paced musical.
Written April 15, 2017
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Rumples
Tucson, AZ11,161 contributions
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I've been going to Broadway shows for years, but our tickets to the musical, "Beautiful," about the life of Carole King, brought me to this theatre for the first time. I liked its intimacy, compared to the huge venues; acoustics; and sloping floor. The latter meant that, as a short person, I could sit in the last row of the orchestra and still have an unobstructed view of the stage. And because that last row is only "U," I felt comfortable with the distance from the stage.

The theatre seemed brand new or at least exceedingly well maintained. I learned later that it first opened as a theatre in 1913 but reopened in its current form during 2009. In between, the theatre was used for many purposes, including a discotheque and a nightclub. In its current reincarnation, it has become one of two subterranean theatres in New York City. We entered at the mezzanine level and descended stairs to reach the orchestra.

This musical worked well on the theatre's stage with what appeared to be effortless transitions, which often contained a two-level scene. The actors' voices rang loud and clear, which I rarely can say at anytime with my hearing loss.

Ushers proved to be friendly and helpful. The refreshments bar at orchestra level was terribly crowded at intermission but everyone seemed to get served in time. I cannot comment on the restrooms as I did not use one.

The theatre's location between Broadway and 6th Avenue is easy to reach and near other venues, so there are many people milling in the area. We felt comfortable walking back late at night to our hotel, several blocks away.

I loved "Beautiful," but it will eventually close. Here's hoping the Stephen Sondheim Theatre stays around for a very long time.
Written February 7, 2016
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Laurie P
Cortland, NY7,322 contributions
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We recently saw "Beautiful" here which we really loved. Our seats were in the front of the mezzanine and we had a great view of the entire stage. The theater is very open, and our seats had great leg room, unlike most old theaters.
Highly recommend this theater for a great Broadway experience!
Written October 8, 2015
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sueh170263
Gloucester, UK9 contributions
Couples
Watched the best show we have seen 'Beautiful' the story of Carol King. The theatre was a good size but intimate too. Let down by their very rude bar manager who appeared to have very little customer service training and an inflated ego too. We would have liked to have given our theatre experience a 5 star but due to this mans behaviour are unable to.
Written June 17, 2015
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Heidi D
Lambertville, NJ939 contributions
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While many of the theatre in NYC have a tattered feel, the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on 43rd Street is an exception. We recently visited to see Beautiful (amazing show) and were impressed by how clean and modern the theater is. Originally built in 1918, but completely modernized in 2009, the venue tries to retain some of the historical artifacts. The modern interior makes for a welcome change from other playhouses. Seats are comfortable and wider than older counterparts, and the stadium seating for the balconies makes even the "cheap" seats a good seat. An added bonus is that the venue is environmentally friendly. Highly recommended.
Written April 12, 2015
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