History abounds at the Orpheum Theatre, located on 2nd Avenue right near the corner of Saint Marks Place in the heart of the East Village. There is evidence that it was a garden where concerts were held during the 1880s, but a theater was built on the site in 1904. During the exciting days of Yiddish Theater in Manhattan “Player’s Theater” was the venue, and it was part of what was known as “Jewish Rialto” which existed all along Second Avenue during the early years of the 20th century.
Films took over the theater during the 1920s, but theater returned in 1958 when “Little Mary Sunshine” was the first production, opening in November, 1959. The Orpheum was known for some fabulous shows, including Cole Porter’s “Anything Goes” produced in 1962; “Little Shop of Horrors” in 1982 and David Mamet’s “Oleanna” in 1992.
Today the Orpheum is the home of “Stomp,” which opened in 1994. Stomp has until now had over 5,000 performances of its unique, percussion extravaganza. Stop by the Orpheum for a taste of history and amazing contemporary theater.