The Orpheum Theatre is located in the East Village of Lower Manhattan. Originally established as a theatre in 1904, the venue played a huge role in the Yiddish theatre scene and was known as the Player’s Theatre.
In the 1920s, the building was converted into a movie theatre. In 1958, plans were made to re-purpose it for theatrical productions, re-opening in November 1959 with Little Mary Sunshine. Over the next decades, landmark Off-Broadway productions, including Cole Porter’s Anything Goes and Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s Little Shop of Horrors, premiered at the Orpheum Theatre.
After further extensive renovations in the 1980s that led to a seating capacity increase from 299 to 347 seats, the theatre opened again in 1994 as the Orpheum Theatre with Stomp, which still plays today. The theatre is currently owned and operated by Liberty Theatres, Inc.