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The Orpheum Theater’s Problems Started Long Before Stomp Put Its Foot Down

This week, we continue our series of deep dives into the histories of storied addresses.

The Stomp marquee masks the original facade of the two-story building at 126 Second Avenue. (Photo: Ilaria Parogni)

The Stomp marquee masks the original facade of the two-story building at 126 Second Avenue. (Photo: Ilaria Parogni)

A heavy metal marquee juts over pedestrians at 126 Second Avenue, the word “STOMP” making clear that the address is home to the off-Broadway show whose performers dance, clap, and generally bang on anything in sight. Stomp has been playing at the Orpheum Theater since 1994, making it one of the longest running shows in the city. The current playhouse front may lure customers in, but it obscures most of the building’s original architectural details, as well as its bumpy journey through history. With a court order now lingering, it’s unclear how much longer that iconic marquee will remain as is.

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