Who's next to get a B'Way theater named after them?

newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
Some truly weird names here, but one that makes me wonder most is - Marvin Hamlisch?

He wrote the music to 5 shows - one huge hit, one modest success, and three flops.

Before a record like that, you'd need to give some credit to Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Kander & Ebb, Stephen Schwartz, Bock & Harnick, Jerry Herman, Charles Strouse, Frank Loesser, Jule Styne, Comden & Green, Leonard Bernstein, and maybe Cy Coleman.
tazber
Broadway Legend
joined:5/10/05
Stephen Schwartz really doesn't deserve to be in that list.
....but the world goes 'round
themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

AFter Eight

Jim Colyer
CHURCH DOOR TOUCAN GAY MARKETING PUPPIES MUSICAL THEATER STAPLES PERIOD CUM OIL
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
Ethel Merman
Mary Martin
That hack Harold Prince
Cynicism is an unpleasant way of saying the truth - Lillian Hellman.
FindMe12
Chorus Member
joined:3/14/12
Nor would Steven probably allow them to name a theater named after him. He has done a lot for Musical theater though not as much as some but I would prefer a theater to be named after him then some of the people that have been mentioned. I could see the New Amsterdam being renamed the mackintosh seeing that its a Disney theater.
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
Tennessee Williams, Harold Prince and Arthur Miller, first and foremost.

Edward Albee and Ethel Merman, secondly.

Thomas Meehan, Jerry Herman and Stephen Schwartz, eventually.

If they ever name a theatre after Ethel Merman, it'd have to be a large house like the Broadway or Winter Garden. Naming a smaller house the Ethel Merman Theatre would be an insult.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
So many worthy names who are worthy of the honor of a Broadway theatre named after them, but not enough theatres?

Anyway people calling that the Broadway or Winter Garden should be named after x, need to think again, the Shubert organization don't name their theatres after Broadway celebrities.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** Handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy***** Home** Best of Friends** Avenue Q*** Good People***** Betty Blue Eyes*** (Tour: Salisbury Playhouse) I Can't Sing* A View From The Bridge***** Water Babies **** (Tour: Leicester Curve) Miss Saigon***** In The Heights*** The Testament of Mary*** This May Hurt A Bit*** The Last 5 Years* (Greenwich Theatre) All My Sons*** Happy Days** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels**** Bakersfield Mist**** Ushers** The Pajama Game*** Evita*** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford)Fings Ain't What They Used To Be**** Billy Elliot***** Titus Andronicus**** 1984*** Clarence Darrow**** Miss Saigon***** A Small Family Business*** Things We Do For Love**** Hobson's Choice*** Rock of Ages*** (Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Zanna, Don't!*** The Silver Tassie** Bring Up The Bodies** Forbidden Broadway**** Carousel**** Hotel*** The Crucible**** Annie Get Your Gun*** (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Medea*** The Importance of Being Earnest*** The Pajama Game*** Skylight**** Pacific Overtures** The Invincibles*** Julius Ceasar*** Porgy and Bess**** Dessa Rose** Great Britain**** One Man, Two Guvnors**** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Dogfight** My Night With Reg*** Book of Mormon***** Richard III**** See Rock City** Guys and Dolls*** Wicked* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** The Apple Tree*** The Jersey Boys*** Miss Saigon***** Matilda***** A Streetcar Named Desire**** The Dreamling** The Play That Went Wrong*** The Phantom of the Opera****
CapnHook
Broadway Legend
joined:5/12/03
It is insulting to use "celebrity" as the one and only adjective to describe a lot of those mentioned who deserve to have theatres named after them.

For instance, Tennessee Williams was a celebrity in his day. Now several years after his passing, his work continues to be heavily produced around the world, especially on Broadway. Yes, he was a celebrity, but he is also now a legend. He has a lasting and appreciated legacy. His work in theatre has heavily contributed to the success of theatre as an art form.
"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
--Aristotle
OperaBwayLover
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/07
I'd like to see Kander and Ebb have a theatre named after them, sometime in the future. The Kander-Ebb Theatre has a nice ring to it.

I do second Tennessee Williams receiving this honor. When I was younger I did not appreciate the brilliance of his works; now I'm going through his theatrical catalogue, reading his plays when possible (and his short stories are fantastic too.) This just proves the saying "with age comes wisdom." :-p
Citygirl.grace
Stand-by
joined:8/9/10
I say Marvin Hamlisch or Hammerstein.

Updated On: 11/6/12 at 11:42 PM
Phantom of London
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joined:3/26/08
"It is insulting to use "celebrity" as the one and only adjective to describe a lot of those mentioned who deserve to have theatres named after them.

For instance, Tennessee Williams was a celebrity in his day. Now several years after his passing, his work continues to be heavily produced around the world, especially on Broadway. Yes, he was a celebrity, but he is also now a legend. He has a lasting and appreciated legacy. His work in theatre has heavily contributed to the success of theatre as an art form."

I agree at the time of writing the post I thought 'theatre celebrity' was a badly worded term, but my mind run a blank at the time and I do think legends is a mre generous term.

However that doesn't get away from the point that The Shubert Organization doesn't name their theaters after legends.
2014 Theatre: Billy Elliot***** Meet Me In St Louis*** American Psycho**** Tell Me On A Sunday**** Jeeves and Wooster: Perfect Nonsense* Stephen Ward**** Charlie and the Chocolate factory*** Dirty Dancing** Stephen Sondheim's Puttin It Together*** Candide*** The Lion King***** The Book of Mormon****** Les Miserable***** Stephen Ward**** The Weir**** Fortune's Fool*** Spamalot*** Superior Doughnuts**** Seven Brides For Seven Brothers**** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Finans Rainbow**** The Commitments** Boeing Boeing*** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) The A-Z of Mrs P** Billy Elliot***** Wicked** Good People***** Urinetown***** Spamalot*** The Full Monty**** Other Desert Cities*** Ghosts*** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels***** It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman*** Stephen Ward**** King Lear**** A Taste Of Honey** Blithe Spirit**** From Here To Eternity**** Spamalot*** Fiddler On The Roof** (Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Relative Values**** Fatal Attraction*** Matilda***** 39 Steps**** Another Country** Handbagged** Two Into One*** The Beautiful Game***** Let The Right One In**** Once**** Privacy***** Home** Best of Friends** Avenue Q*** Good People***** Betty Blue Eyes*** (Tour: Salisbury Playhouse) I Can't Sing* A View From The Bridge***** Water Babies **** (Tour: Leicester Curve) Miss Saigon***** In The Heights*** The Testament of Mary*** This May Hurt A Bit*** The Last 5 Years* (Greenwich Theatre) All My Sons*** Happy Days** Dirty Rotten Scoundrels**** Bakersfield Mist**** Ushers** The Pajama Game*** Evita*** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford)Fings Ain't What They Used To Be**** Billy Elliot***** Titus Andronicus**** 1984*** Clarence Darrow**** Miss Saigon***** A Small Family Business*** Things We Do For Love**** Hobson's Choice*** Rock of Ages*** (Tour: Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Zanna, Don't!*** The Silver Tassie** Bring Up The Bodies** Forbidden Broadway**** Carousel**** Hotel*** The Crucible**** Annie Get Your Gun*** (Churchill Theatre, Bromley) Medea*** The Importance of Being Earnest*** The Pajama Game*** Skylight**** Pacific Overtures** The Invincibles*** Julius Ceasar*** Porgy and Bess**** Dessa Rose** Great Britain**** One Man, Two Guvnors**** (Tour: Orchard Theatre, Dartford) Dogfight** My Night With Reg*** Book of Mormon***** Richard III**** See Rock City** Guys and Dolls*** Wicked* Charlie and the Chocolate Factory*** The Apple Tree*** The Jersey Boys*** Miss Saigon***** Matilda***** A Streetcar Named Desire**** The Dreamling** The Play That Went Wrong*** The Phantom of the Opera****
JoeKv99
Broadway Legend
joined:12/27/04
I hear they are announcing today the "Mitt Romney Theater." It will exclusively house shows that no one actually likes but stick around forever.
No good can possibly come from using this vast wasteland of error and deliberate deceit. You should get off of it and warn others away. You should make sure your children and grandchildren know what a corrupt and morally bankrupt institution it truly is.
Playbilly
Broadway Legend
joined:3/30/12
Mamma Mia!, Joe. That joke was Scandalous. And a little Wicked.
"Through The Sacrifice You Made, We Can't Believe The Price You Paid..For Love!"
amoni
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/04
"I completly agree that eventually upon the X-anniversary of phantom the Majestic will be renamed the webber, but I also think it will only happen once he's dead, since the Broadway community hates his ego and they most certainly don't want to inflate it anymore. Phantom will likly outlive its creator, but if it doesn't I don't think the majestic will be renamed the Webber."

Who are you to speak for the Broadway Community? And I hope you're not talking about some anonymous theater board posters as anywhere near the theater community. Webber deserves The Majestic without question as he also kept the Winter Garden filled for twenty years. However, it's obvious The Shubert Organization is more interested in fluffing their own egos than honoring those who actually put asses in the seats.
bobs3
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joined:4/8/12
The Anneliese van der Pol Theatre!
Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
Music Box = Irving Berlin
sundayclothes2
Featured Actor
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The Merrick
zamedy
Broadway Star
joined:6/27/07
According to what I've read, at one time (in the late 70s or early 80s) they (and I really don't remember who 'they' were) were close to naming a theatre after Merman. Apparently when she heard WHAT theatre it was, she was insulted because it was a very worn down piece of crap. Her assessment was spot on because it was demolished a short time later.

In my opinion, she is deserving of one based on the number of iconic Broadway hits alone she introduced. Opening night at 'The Merm' has a nice ring to it.
Scarywarhol
Broadway Legend
joined:10/1/04
Webber is an insufferable idiot savant, appropriately disdained in the Broadway community, and he will never have a Broadway theatre named after him.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
I'm surprised it hasn't mentioned yet, but to me the most likely next naming would the 25th Anniversary of Phantom, and the Majestic being re-named for Hal Prince. "The Prince Theatre" is pretty objectively the most natural sounding name of all the names mentioned, no?
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
Playbilly
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joined:3/30/12
Anybody for Bob Fosse?

Gower and Marge Champion? I like saying, "Headed off to the Gower this evening."
"Through The Sacrifice You Made, We Can't Believe The Price You Paid..For Love!"
amoni
Broadway Star
joined:5/17/04
Well, we have the The Lunt-Fontanne, why not the Fosse-Verdon?
Wishing Only Wounds
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joined:4/27/10
Jerry Herman
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Dollypop
Broadway Legend
joined:5/15/03
The Swit
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
TheGirlUpstairs
Understudy
joined:4/22/12
Hammerstein already has a street named after him, so I think it's unlikely that he would get a theater as well.
JohnyBroadway
Broadway Legend
joined:4/10/12
The Keenan-Bolgers

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