Originally called the Henry Miller's Theatre, the venue opened on April 1, 1918 with The Fountain of Youth - a translation of Flor de la vida by the Alvarez Quintero brothers.
In 1969, the venue became a cinema and then a nightclub; it reverted back to a theatre in 1998. The theatre closed in 2004 due to the Bank of America Tower construction at One Bryant Park.
The theatre was rebuilt — with the original facade preserved and restored — and reopened in September 2009. The venue was renamed the Stephen Sondheim Theatre at a special ceremony on September 15, 2010 in honor of the award-winning composer's 80th birthday.
When a theatre in London's West End was named for Sondheim in 2019, he became the only then-living person to have eponymous theatres in both New York and London.
The subway stops nearest to the Stephen Sondheim Theatre are 42nd Street - Bryant Park on the B, D, F, M, and 7 lines; and 42nd Street - Times Square on the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, W, and S lines.
The nearest bus stops are are 6th Ave/W 44th St. on the M55, QM2, QM3, QM4, QM15, QM16, QM17, QM18, and QM20 lines; and 6th Ave/West 42nd St. on the M5, M7, and M55 lines.
Popular restaurants within a block of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre include Charlie Palmer Steak, Tony's di Napoli (Italian), Brooklyn Diner (American), and Cafe Un Deux Trois (French). The American restaurants Junior's, Hard Rock Cafe, and Bubba Gump Shrimp Co., and the family-style Italian restaurant Carmine's, are also located about a block away.