The Hudson/Gotham

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The Hudson/Gotham The Hudson Theatre was built by Henry B. Harris, an up and coming producer who later perished aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic. The theatre was then managed by Harris wife, Irene Harris, the last known Titanic survivor to be rescued in a lifeboat, who went on to become the first woman ever to produce theatre in New York City. With over 90 plays performed on the Hudson Theatre stage in 20 years, it was known as one of the finest playhouses in the city. One such play, Hot Chocolates in 1929 introduced the world to Louis Armstrong who went on to become a legend in his own right. In the 1950s, the Hudson Theatre was home to NBCs The Tonight Show with Steve Allen as host. During this time legends such as Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, Ernie Kovacs, Milton Berle, Sammy Davis Jr., Barbara Streisand and Vincent Price graced the theatres stage. The long-running daytime game show, The Price is Right also made its debut at the Hudson Theatre. In recent years, the theatre has hosted a wide range of events and meetings including product launches by Microsoft; American Idol auditions; NBCs Last Comic Standing; and Bill Mahers Victory Begins at Home show, which was broadcasted on HBO. The Millennium Broadway Hotels management were hoping to recapture the elegance of turn-of-the-century New York City when they embarked on the restoration of their 102-year old historic landmark, the Hudson Theatre. They are getting thatand much more. Based on a lead from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, internationally acclaimed restoration experts from Jablonski Berkowitz Conservation, Inc. conducted tests under the painted walls, where they discovered beautiful turquoise Tiffany glass mosaics that have been forgotten over the years. Not that the Hudson Theatre didnt already have a distinguished association with Tiffany, the world-famous designer who New Yorkers embrace as their own. The theatre, used by the Millennium Broadway for special events and corporate meetings and presentations, has Tiffany ceilings and spectacular chandeliers, all of which are being gloriously restored to original condition. The surprise was the extraordinary Tiffany mosaic tiles around the theatres proscenium arch and decorating the mezzanine and balconies that had been plastered and painted over. All are being lovingly brought back to their opening night appearance in 1903.