TravelNewsAsia.com
Mon, 13 February 2017

Hudson Theatre in New York Reopens as Broadway's 41st Theatre

The newly restored Hudson Theatre opened its doors last week, officially becoming Broadways 41st theatre.

The historic site, at 139-141 West 44th Street in the heart of the Theatre District in Times Square, is now operated by Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) in association with Millennium Hotels & Resorts.

The opening was marked with a special ribbon cutting ceremony led by Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, the stars of the upcoming Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George, which is the first production to play the Hudson in nearly fifty years.

 Gyllenhaal and Ashford were joined at the celebration by Millennium Hotels Chairman Kwek Leng Beng and New York City First Deputy Commissioner of The Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment Kai Falkenberg.

Chairman of Millennium & Copthorne Hotels Kwek Leng Beng (second from right) was joined by Commissioner of The Mayors Office of Media and Entertainment Julie Menin, Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, Academy Award nominee Jake Gyllenhaal and General Manager of Hudson Theatre Eric Paris in the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Gyllenhaal and Ashford are the stars of the Broadway revival of Sunday in the Park with George.

Millennium Hotels Chairman Kwek Leng Beng said, "The Hudson Theatre is one of the great historic landmarks in New York City and we have always been proud of this gem asset in the Millennium & Copthorne Hotel Group. Meeting the founder of ATG Sir Panter in 2014, with shared passion for theatre and art, a journey of restoring this grand dame began. After an 18 months extensive restoration, we are so excited with the rebirth of Hudson Theatre. With continuing commitment to this revival, Mark Cornell, CEO of ATG and his team together with Millennium Hotels around the globe, we look forward to welcome audiences to enjoy premier shows and celebrate the experiences with producers, directors, actors, and creative individuals from great theatre and entertainment."

Hudson Theatre's first production, Cousin Kate starring Ethel Barrymore, took place on 19 October 1903, making it the oldest operational Broadway theatre.

In 1912, the Hudsons original owner, Henry B. Harris, and his wife Renee embarked on the RMS Titanic where Henry met his fate. Mrs. Harris survived, returning to New York where she took over operations of Hudson and became the first female producer on Broadway. During her tenure, numerous artists graced the stage including Louis Armstrong, George M. Cohen, Douglas Fairbanks, Helen Hayes, William Holden, Lena Horne, and Alfred Lunt, as well as world premieres of works by George M. Cohen, George Bernard Shaw, and Henrik Ibsen. Mrs. Harris lost ownership of the theatre following the Great Depression, with CBS Radio operating the venue in the mid-thirties and forties before returning as a legitimate theatre.

In 1950, NBC purchased Hudson Theatre and premiered the first nationwide broadcasts of The Price Is Right and The Tonight Show, then hosted by Steve Allen. The Tonight Show continued to be filmed at Hudson Theatre when Jack Paar took over as the host. The broadcast eventually became The Jack Paar Show before moving to Rockefeller Center in the summer of 1957. While at Hudson, The Tonight Show hosted a slew of guests early in their careers including Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Sammy Davis Jr., Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Elvis Presley, and Barbra Streisand in her first televised performance.

Hudson Theatre briefly re-opened as a legitimate theatre from 1960 to 1968, where it played home to the award-winning production of Lillian Hellmans Toys in the Attic starring Jason Robards Jr. and Maureen Stapleton, as well as other productions starring Burt Reynolds and Jane Fonda.

 In the late sixties, Hudson was operated as a burlesque theatre and a motion picture house where films of all types were played. The theatre lay vacant for several years in the seventies, before a rock promoter re-opened it as the Savoy Rock Club.

 Following several handovers, Hudson Theatre was eventually sold to Millennium Hotels who did a large-scale renovation to the venue in 2005, during which the Tiffany Mosaics along the proscenium, boxes, dress circle, and balcony ledges were discovered. Millennium used the theatre as a rental space for special events, parties, weddings, and conferences.

In 2014, Millenniums Chairman Kwek met with ATG founder Sir Howard Panter where the two exchanged their love for theatre and art, and the vision of bringing one of the oldest Broadway theatres back to life again. An official partnership between Millennium Hotels and ATG ensued to give life back to Hudson Theatre as a top-class theatre venue with much of its original beauty and design restored in addition to introducing new and upgraded theatrical systems and facilities.

In 1987, the Landmarks Preservation Commission designated both the exterior and interior of Hudson Theatre as a historic landmark and in December of 2016, the Hudson Theatre became a nationally registered landmark building.

Sunday in the Park with George will play a strictly limited 10-week engagement. Directed by Sarna Lapine, the play will open on Thursday, 23 February and will continue through Sunday, 23 April.

Headlines: Malaysia Airlines Extends Rebooking Flexibility  Up to 200 Million Tourists Expected to Travel During May Day Holiday in China  Mandarin Oriental Reopens The Ritz, Madrid  Boeing Publishes 2021 Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook  UNWTO Partners FB to Enhance Digital Marketing Skills of Tourism Destinations  Cora Cora Maldives to Use IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System  EASA Certifies Airbus H125's Power Increase  Promoting Hua Hin Airport and Prachuap Khiri Khan to Regional Markets - Interview  IHG Signs Three Hotels in Japan  EASA and FAA Approve Viasat's Ka-band IFC for Challenger 300-Series  Bangkok Airways Closes Ticketing Offices  France Awards Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao with Legion of Honour  Weilu Wang Joins Four Seasons Hangzhou at West Lake as Pastry Chef  STR Reports Global Hotel Pipeline Data for March  Egyptian Air Force Signs C295 Support Contract with Airbus  Tokyo-Narita Airport Launches Face Express  FlyArystan to Launch Flights from SCO, GUW and NQZ to Kutaisi, Georgia  Air Canada Revises Refund and Future Travel Policies  IBS Software to Upgrade Gulf Air's Falconflyer FFP  Airbus Plant in North Wales Starts Using Sustainable Aviation Fuel  British & Irish Lions Confirm Coaching Team for 2021 Tour to South Africa  United Airlines Encourages More Companies to Join Eco-Skies Alliance  TFE Hotels Appoints Amanda Cottome as GM of A by Adina Sydney  Saudia to Commence IATA Travel Pass Trial on KUL - JED Flights  More Exclusivity, More Benefits - Melia Samui Opens The Level  Luxury Resort in Maldives Buys COVID19 RT-PCR Machine  British Airways Appoints Noella Ferns as Head of Sales - Asia Pacific  Dara Airport City Hotel in Phnom Penh Appoints Weng Aow as GM  Oakwood to Open Four Properties in China This Year  Norway's First P-8A Poseidon Aircraft Moves into Assembly  Japan, Singapore, Germany and South Korea Retain Top Spots in HPI  Accor to Open Australia's Second Mövenpick Hotel in May  Bangkok Airways Waives Rebooking Fees  Onyx Hospitality Opens Group's First Shama Resort  Malaysia Airlines Group to Reduce CO2 Emissions by 25m Tonnes in 2021  Qatar Airways to Launch Sea-to-Air Transfers from Shenzhen to HKIA  Derazona Helicopters Orders Airbus H160 Helicopter  Marriott Partners with Scholars of Sustenance for Rescue Kitchen in Phuket  Tourism Cares Expands Board of Directors  Hyatt Opens First Andaz Resort in Asia  Saudi Arabia Hosts UNWTO's 9th Global Tourism Crisis Committee  Boeing Warns Airlines of Potential Issue with Some 737 MAX Aircraft  BA CityFlyer to Launch Flights to Jersey and Gibraltar from LCY  Emirates to Celebrate UAE's Vaccination Programme with Special Flight  Air Astana Launches Meet & Greet Service at ALA, NQZ and FRA  Embraer Publishes Info on Using Business Jets to Transport Vaccines  Messe Berlin 'Very Pleased' with Inaugural ITB India; Dates Set for 2022  Tigerair Taiwan Takes Delivery of First Airbus A320neo Aircraft  Phoenix Aviation to Promote Hua Hin Airport to Regional Markets  Banyan Tree Signs Second Dhawa Resort in Vietnam  Thai Airways to Operate International Flights to 10 Destinations in April  Airbus and TNO to Develop Aircraft Laser Communication Terminal  Mandarin Oriental Lago di Como to Reopen 15 April  Smiths Detection to Upgrade Heathrow's Cabin Baggage Screening  Thomas Cook Opens Outlet in Varanasi, India  Etihad Airways Launches Flights to Ben Gurion Int. Airport in Tel Aviv  No Indication of a Recovery in Demand for International Air Travel  Singapore Airlines Migrates to Sabre's New Crew Manager Solution  VistaJet Orders 10 More CL350s; Takes Delivery of First Two Global 7500s  Qatar's First Marriott Executive Apartments Open in Doha  Marc Speichert to Join Four Seasons as CCO and EVP  Leslie Chiyoma Appointed GM of Grand Park Otaru in Hokkaido  Global Air Cargo Demand Up 9% on Pre-COVID Levels  Modular Aircraft Wins International Design Award  Steigenberger Hotel Doha Appoints Sherief Abouelmagd as GM  Duetto Appoints Chris Crowley as Senior Vice President of Sales  Singapore to Accept IATA Travel Pass from 1 May  Changi Airport Launches Safe Travel Concierge App  Thai AirAsia Launches Promotion  Salesforce to Upgrade Singapore Airlines' CRM with 1Point  Qatar Airways Operates World's First Fully COVID19 Vaccinated Flight  British Airways Invests in Future of Hydrogen-Electric Aircraft with ZeroAvia  Alaska Airlines Confirms Order for 23 Boeing 737-9 Airplanes  Elbit Systems Completes Acquisition of Sparton  Air Canada Terminates Transat Acquisition  Saudi Arabia Has 73,057 Hotel Rooms in Pipeline  Wharf Opens Stunning Niccolo Hotel in Suzhou, China  Airlines: A Path Back to Profitability  Sabre Launches New Airline Storefront  Vietjet to Resume International Flights  SITA Appoints Martin Smillie as VP Communications & Data Exchange  Embraer Completes Aerial Refueling Trials Between Two KC-390s  Elbit Systems Acquires Rokar from BAE  China Airlines to Launch Taipei - Palau Flights  Emirates Resumes Daily Airbus A380 Flights to Bangkok, Thailand  Willie Walsh Becomes Director General of IATA  American Airlines Offering Quarantine-Free Travel to Italy  Jumeirah Appoints Ermanno Zanini as RVP and GM of Burj Al Arab  Cross Signs Franchise Agreement for Seven Hotels in Japan  Hong Kong Air Cargo Launches Pilot Recruitment Drive  Boeing Awarded US$1.6 Billion Contract for 11 P-8A Poseidon Aircraft  WHO Appoints Carl Bildt as Special Envoy for ACT-Accelerator  Hong Kong Airlines to Trial Lab App Module of IATA Travel Pass  Thailand's Top of the Gulf Regatta 2021 to Take Place in November  World Tourism Organization Outlines Two Scenarios for 2021  TUMI and McLaren Unveil New Collection  Accelya Signs Distribution Agreement with Air France-KLM  Corsair Takes Delivery of First A330-900 Aircraft  Qatar Airways Extends Support of Orbis' Blindness Prevention Programmes  WHO Calls for More Studies into Origin of SARS-CoV-2 Virus  Japan Coast Guard Orders Two More Airbus H225 Helicopters  Thai Airways to Operate Two Flights Between Frankfurt and Phuket  Travellers Need COVID19 Tests to be Convenient and Affordable  Jelena Bojanic Appointed GM of A by Adina Canberra Hotel  Southwest Airlines Orders 100 Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft  TFE Begins Major Expansion with Opening of First Hotel in Austria  Bombardier Delivers 50th Global 7500 Business Jet  British Airways Starts Selling Cook-at-Home Meal Kits  Airbnb Launches What's My Place Worth Tool in Thailand  Qatar Airways Enhances Oryx One IFE with PressReader Partnership  Airbus Launches Travel Companion App - Tripset  United Airlines to Increase Flights in May  IATA Publishes 2020 Safety Report  FlyArystan Takes Delivery of Two More Airbus A320 Aircraft  GKN Aerospace Wins Boeing 777X EWIS Contract  Delta to Launch Flights to Iceland from Three Cities in U.S.A.  Marriott Signs Three Hotels in Saudi Arabia  Sabre Launches Qantas NDC Offers in Australia and New Zealand  Mandarin Oriental New York to Reopen 1 April  Air France Trials ICC AOKpass on CDG - SFO and LAX Flights  Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey Logs 600,000+ Flight Hours  SITA Upgrading Services at Sydney Airport in Australia  Dusit Thani Maldives Hosts Professional Tennis Coach Jerome Becker  Elbit Systems Wins Night Vision Goggles Order from German Federal Police  NDC - Exclusive Interview with Kathy Morgan of Sabre Travel Solutions  Elephant Conservation, Jungle Bubbles and Tourism in Thailand - Interview  IATA Travel Pass - Interview with Vinoop Goel, Director Airports - APAC  How's Business in Pattaya, Thailand? Interview with MD of Tiffany's Show  Will British & Irish Lions' Tour of South Africa Go Ahead?  ASEAN Tourism Forum 2021 Postponed Until January 2022  HD Videos and Interviews  Podcasts from HD Video Interviews  RSS News Feed and Ticker  Travel Trade Shows in 2020 and 2021  High-Res Picture Galleries  Travel News Asia - Latest Travel Industry News 

See latest HD Video Interviews, Podcasts and other news regarding: Hudson, Theatre, New York.

Receive our Latest Travel News Daily Email free of charge by entering your email address and name in the boxes to the right and clicking subscribe. You can also receive the news by WhatsApp, stay updated with our RSS Feed Free Travel News RSS Feed, and even Add the Headlines to Your Website free of charge. Have questions? Please read our travel news FAQ.

     
Advertising
Advertising
Copyright © 1997-2021 TravelNewsAsia.com