The Roundabout Theatre has revealed that, following their significant financial support of the 50th anniversary of the theater, Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere will be recognized for their gift with the naming of the new VIP Lounge at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
“I chose the Roundabout Theatre Company because my husband and I have been lifelong theater fans and are [pleased] to support such a wonderful organization like the Roundabout — who do amazing adaptations of classic Broadway musicals and bring them to new audiences,” Kors said of his involvement with the company, which he and Le Pere have supported for more than a decade. “Fashion and theater are great bedfellows. They have the ability to transport you to new places and open your mind to new ideas. To sponsor this lounge, which honors the genius of Stephen Sondheim, is a great honor and privilege as his work has been a part of so many people’s lives and will continue to be so.”
The lounge will be called the Michael Kors and Lance Le Pere Lounge, and will be completed next year. Frank Webb at White Webb is designing the space, which will be LEED-gold certified, as is the rest of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. The VIP space will be available to supporters at the highest level, including chairman’s circle, artistic director’s circle and corporate club members.
“We are deeply grateful for Michael and Lance’s commitment to Roundabout’s 50th Anniversary Campaign,” said Roundabout’s artistic director and chief executive officer Todd Haimes. “They have been generous supporters of Roundabout over the last decade, and I am so honored that Michael and Lance have made this incredible gift. It will ensure that Roundabout can remain at the forefront of American theater, continuing our mission to entertain, educate and inspire. This gift will also help us create a dedicated space at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre to host our loyal patrons.”
Kors’ love of theatre is longstanding. His favorite productions include “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Gypsy,” “Annie Get Your Gun,” “Cabaret” and “South Pacific.”