Roundabout Co. rents house to commercial tuner
Roundabout Theater Company will rent the Henry Miller’s Theater to the commercial production “All About Me,” the Dame Edna-Michael Feinstein tuner previously announced to open at the Golden.Show, set for a March 18 opening, will be the first offering in the Miller’s to be programmed by the Roundabout but not produced by the nonprofit company, which also operates two other Broadway houses, the American Airlines and Studio 54. “All About Me,” produced by Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel, will not be part of the org’s subscription season. Roundabout, which programs legit productions in the Miller’s under a 20-year lease with building owners the Durst Org and Bank of America, inaugurated the new venue this fall with its revival of “Bye Bye Birdie,” which will close Jan. 24. Roundabout leadership — a.d. Todd Haimes, managing director Harold Wolpert and exec director Julia C. Levy — said in a joint interview the plan was always to use the space both as a source of rental income as well as a venue for in-house productions. With the “All About Me” move, Roundabout seemingly takes a step toward becoming a Broadway landlord, joining the ranks of theater owners including the Shubert Org, the Nederlander Org and Jujamcyn. Haimes and company said they prefer to consider themselves programmers of the space, as specified in the deal with Durst and Bank of America. “All About Me,” penned by Christopher Durang and helmed by Jerry Zaks, begins previews at the Miller’s Feb. 19.
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