1990-1999

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JULIA LEVY JOINS ROUNDABOUT

1990

Julia Levy joins the company as Development Director and launches the first of five major campaigns to support the company’s move to Broadway, as well as Roundabout’s expansion to five stages in four theatres.  

Roundabout Becomes NYC’s Second Not-for-Profit Theatre on Broadway

October 27, 1991

Roundabout opens its first season on Broadway with Harold Pinter’s The Homecoming at the Criterion Center on 45th Street. In that first season, all five productions that are produced receive Tony Award® nominations.

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Eugene O’Neill’s Anna Christie Opens on Broadway

January 14, 1993

The production begins an extraordinary relationship with star Natasha Richardson, who would return to Roundabout in Cabaret and A Streetcar Named Desire. Anna Christie goes on to win the Tony Award® for Best Revival of a Play. The production was directed by Tony Award winner David Leveaux and co-starred Theatre World Award winner Liam Neeson.

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Roundabout Produces its First Broadway Musical, She Loves Me

June 10, 1993

The acclaimed production stars Tony Award-winner Boyd Gaines and Judy Kuhn, and it begins Roundabout’s relationship with Adams Associate Artistic Director Scott Ellis.

Actors Judy Kuhn & Boyd Gaines in a scene fr. the Roundabout Theater Co.'s production of the musical "She Loves Me".

Photo by: Carol Rosegg

Roundabout Institutes its Associate Artist Program

1995

Roundabout establishes the Associate Artist program, inaugurated with Scott Ellis, which goes on to include Bill Irwin, Joe Mantello, Kathleen Marshall, and other esteemed artists.

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Photo by: Joan Marcus

Roundabout Creates its New Play Initiative

1995

The New Play Initiative launches in an effort to cultivate new work by gifted playwrights at all stages of their careers. To date, the program has commissioned 36 playwrights, conducted developmental readings and workshops of over 146 new works, produced 10 Roundabout Underground productions, 60 productions of new works, and employed over 5,000 artists. Seen here, Jason Robards and Blythe Danner in the debut of Harold Pinter’s MOONLIGHT.

Jason Robards and Blythe Danner in Harold Pinter's MOONLIGHT.

The Laura Pels Theatre Opens Off-Broadway

1995

Further expanding the company’s mission to include new plays by established writers, the first season features new plays by Harold Pinter and Brian Friel and boasts Jason Robards as an artist-in-residence.

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Education at Roundabout Program is Introduced

1996

Education at Roundabout uses theatre to enhance teacher practice and deepen student learning in classrooms across all five boroughs of New York City. Today, Teaching Artists spend over 7,000 hours in the classroom annually, serving over 18,000 students.

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A View from the Bridge Opens on Broadway

December 14, 1997

Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge opens on Broadway starring Anthony LaPaglia, Allison Janney and Brittany Murphy, directed by Michael Mayer. The production goes on to win Tony Awards® for Best Revival of a Play and Best Actor for LaPaglia.

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Photo by: Joan Marcus

Cabaret Opens on Broadway

March 19, 1998

Roundabout begins performances of Cabaret, a gritty revival directed by Sam Mendes and Rob Marshall. The production goes on to run for six years, earning 4 Tony Awards®; ultimately it becomes the 22nd longest running musical in Broadway history and Roundabout’s most successful production to date.

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Photo by: Joan Marcus

Side Man Opens on Broadway

June 25, 1998

Warren Leight’s play opens to great acclaim. It goes on to win Tony Awards® for Best Play and Best Featured Actor for Frank Wood, the Drama Desk Award for Best Director for Michael Mayer and the Theatre World Award for Edie Falco.

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Photo by: Carol Rosegg