The short-lived Savoy opened as a nightclub and rock venue in 1981 on the site of the Hudson Theatre. The Hudson Theatre originally opened on October 19, 1903, with the premiere of Cousin Kate, starring theatre legend Ethel Barrymore. Later, Hudson Theatre management transitioned when producer Henry B. Harris perished on the RMS Titanic. His wife Rene Harris survived and took over management for the Hudson Theatre, becoming the first female producer in New York City. Eventually, NBC purchased the Hudson in the 1950s for use as a television studio for live programs such as The Tonight Show. In 1980, concert promoter Ron Delsener refurbished the Hudson Theatre and renamed it the Savoy, an unsuccessful nightclub and rock venue. The former Hudson Theatre became a New York City landmark and is currently housed within the Millennium Broadway Hotel.