Roundabout Gains New Subscribers and Moves to a New Theatre
By 1973, Roundabout has more than 14,000 subscribers and not enough seating at the 26th Street Theatre, prompting the company to seek out a second, larger venue to accommodate its audiences. In 1974, Arthur Miller’s All My Sons is staged at Roundabout’s new venue, Stage One, at the former RKO Cinema on 23rd St. Other productions include Ferenc Molnár’s The Play’s the Thing, Henrik Ibsen’s Ghosts, and Anton Chekhov’s The Seagull.
Dance and Musical Productions are Introduced Alongside Classic Plays
Throughout the late 1970s, Roundabout produces classic plays by Williams, Chekhov, Shaw, and Shakespeare, while exploring new programming. Harold Rome’s musical revue, Pins and Needles, runs for nearly a year at Stage One (1977-78). During this time, Roundabout also pairs with TAG Foundation to host the Dance Umbrella at Stage One, producing modern dance with the world’s best modern dancers and choreographers.
Roundabout Continues to Mount Classics by the World’s Great Playwrights
Roundabout’s commitment to classics continues with William Inge’s The Dark at the Top of the Stairs, Ivan Turgenev’s A Month in the Country (with a young Boyd Gaines, who will go on to appear in six more Roundabout productions), Athol Fugard’s Blood Knot and John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger, starring Malcolm McDowell and directed by director Lindsay Anderson.
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