The American Dream: Miss Saigon Will Return To Broadway

MS_Logo_A4L_Vis_AW.inddIf you hear helicopters in Midtown come 2017, it is definitely more than likely one of the many “heliports” that can be found in Manhattan. However, come 2017 that sound might be a little louder as the return of a British mega-musical coming back to Broadway for the first time in over a decade flies into New York. It’s not the movie in your mind; one of the greatest musicals written for the stage is indeed returning to Broadway at last. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Miss Saigon will return to Broadway in spring 2017!

saigonlondonnew7Cameron Mackintosh proudly announced today that another of his British mega-musicals, Miss Saigon, will fly back into Broadway during the spring 2017. According to Mackintosh, the production will run on Broadway for less than a year only running through January 15th, 2018 before embarking on a national tour across the United States. The tour will reportedly play major cities such as Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Toronto, Washington, DC, Philadelphia and additional 50 cities to be announced.

MissSaigonThe new re-imagined Miss Saigon begin in London in May 2014 in honor of the production’s 25th anniversary at the Prince Edward Theatre (Pictured Left). However, the show simply did not return as is despite its enormous success during its premiere. The show’s original book was revised, a new song was added and the show took on an entirely new look. Mackintosh called it “less operatic and much grittier” in an interview. Laurence Connor, currently represented on Broadway by the re-imagined Les Miserables and the new Andrew Lloyd Webber musical School of Rock, helmed the London return and will repeat his work for Broadway. American Librettist Michael Mahler will rework about 10% of the libretto before Miss Saigon‘s return to Broadway. The new mounting not only received positive notices from critics but has played to solid audiences throughout it’s London return. The show is set to close this February to make room for Disney’s Aladdin, which is set to mark its West End debut.

saigonlondonnew2Mackintosh proudly announced that the production’s current stars, Eva Noblezada (Pictured Right) as Kim and Jon Briones as the Engineer, will repeat their work on Broadway. However, no additional casting or which specific Broadway theatre Miss Saigon will call home was announced at this time. The return of Miss Saigon to Broadway will mark the first production since the original closed in 2001. The show premiered at The Broadway Theatre in April 1991 and went on to run for 10 years. The original production was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won 3. It is the 13th longest running musical in Broadway history having played 4,092 performances.

In a statement to the press, Mackintosh (Pictured Below Left) spoke of Miss Saigon being more relevant than ever in the current world as multiple Middle East nations find themselves in conflict and the world continues to focus in on large global issues as such as the migrant crisis in Europe and the battle in Syria.

Cameron-Mackintosh_2342597c“It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 25 years since Miss Saigon first opened in New York, but if anything, the tragic love story of the show has become even more relevant today with the conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq. This new production, directed by Laurence Connor, takes a grittier, more realistic approach than the original production while still delivering the power and epic sweep of Boublil and Schönberg’s tremendous score. Of all my shows, Miss Saigon is the one that I have received the most requests from the public to bring back, and I am thrilled that Broadway audiences will get to see this tremendous new production that audiences and critics in London have embraced since it opened last year. And I am delighted that our wonderful London stars, Jon Briones and Eva Noblezada, will be bringing their stunning performances across the Atlantic.”

MISS_SAIGON-8_2911918kI could not be more excited about the announcement of Miss Saigon returning to Broadway. But actually! Yes, we are excited about many things here at Luner on Theatre but Miss Saigon brings this excitement to a new level. Featuring one of the most epic scores written for the theatre with a knock story attached, Miss Saigon‘s return to Broadway is not only overdue but more fitting than ever before. As Mackintosh mentioned, the story about two innocent souls in the mix and mess of a war, couldn’t be more fitting for our world in the midst of what one could easily call the worst crisis’ since World War II. This musical holds a truly beautiful story at its heart and one that speaks to all as love seeks to prevail in the worst of all possible situations. The show’s new look and realistic approach will be great for Broadway audiences who have openly embraced many older musicals brought back with a re-envisioned look and approach. Mackintosh’s Les Miserables has been winning over audiences and openly embraced during its return after years away as I think Miss Saigon will receive the same treatment.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as Miss Saigon flies back to Broadway in just over one year! While it’s hard to believe we are already looking that far ahead, that is an excellent sign! It not only shows how healthy Broadway is currently doing, but shows just how much potential is still coming up further down the line. Casting news, first looks at the production and everything you need to know will most definitely be found on our blog as soon as they are known to us. For more information, visit Miss Saigon’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 




New Waitress Poster Revealed (Photo)

While Broadway eagerly awaits Sara Bareilles theatrical debut this spring in the new Broadway musical Waitress, the show continues to cook up an appetite for fans looking forward the production’s New York premiere. Whether it be Bareilles releasing a first listen at the soundtrack she penned to the first looks we’re getting one by one, Waitress is ready to take Broadway by storm. While many are looking forward to Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller leading the show to Broadway, the production made it clear who is at the helm of their show even if you might not know their leading lady’s name. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you a first look at a brand new poster revealed for the Broadway bound musical Waitress!


Waitress begins previews on Broadway this spring March 25th, 2016 before officially opening on April 24th at The Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The new musical comes to Broadway following a sold-out run at Boston A.R.T. helmed by Diane Paulus. Read here about additional casting recently announced for waitress! For more information, visit Waitress The Musical‘s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter(Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 


The Illusionists Return To Broadway Tonight

the-illusionists-large-643x441While Broadway itself is always filled with magic, The Great White Way is getting a boost for that reputation this holiday season as the best-selling magic show in Broadway history returns to New York City for a limited holiday engagement. Following on the success of its American premiere last season, the number one selling magic show in the world returns to New York City and takes up residence on Broadway as it prepares for audiences to witness the impossible once again. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that The Illusionists: Live On Broadway begins its Broadway engagement tonight!

29The Illusionists return to Broadway this season following much success last year during a limited holiday engagement! Previews begin tonight, November 19th, 2015 , at The Neil Simon Theatre with no official opening date. The show runs a limited engagement through January 3rd, 2016 only.  Last season, The Illusionists: Witness The Impossible, won over audiences and recouped it’s $1.75 million dollar investment in just over three weeks. The production was housed at The Marquis Theatre in Times Square and quickly became a staple for a changing diverse Broadway landscape bringing in more than just your typical Broadway audiences and families. The show continued onto a national tour throughout 2015 playing major cities across the United States and returns to Broadway as its second national tour, now titled The Illusionist: Live From Broadway, continues to travel nationwide.

11219423_720633524731216_9212832164649781291_nThe return of The Illusionists features cast seen in last year’s premiere and brand new illusionists and magic on stage! Returning as crowd favorites are Jeff Hobson; The Trickster, Dan Sperry; The Anti-Conjurer, Adam Trent; The Futurist and Yu Ho-Jin; The Manipulator. New to the cast are Jonathan Goodwin; The Daredevil, James More; The Deceptionist and Raymond Crowe; The Unusualist. The newest cast members (Pictured Left) were all featured earlier this Fall on America’s Got Talent giving just a brief taste of what their tricks and magic may include this season on Broadway.

Illusionists, The: ? Witness the ImpossibleMarquis TheatreI am so excited to see The Illusionists back on Broadway this season! Following much success last year, this is a fantastic mix of a production where magic meets theatricality on a large-scale. Magic shows or “variety” shows to this extent are common in Las Vegas but not New York. However, The Illusionists found it’s home very easy on Broadway last season bringing in families, young audience members and many who would not normally attend a Broadway musical or play. The show returns to Broadway at the perfect time as the holiday season, which packs tourists and many foreign visitors (some who have seen these performers in their home nations!), into New York City. While mentioning personal work is not something I’ve ever done on the blog, I must mention I had the privilege to work on this show last season and I cannot recommend enough everyone check it out. Dan, Adam, Jeff and Yu Ho-Jin are incredibly talented and gifted artists and bring so much joy to people through their tricks and illusions. It was not only a joy, but an honor to see what this show, and magic, can bring to audiences across the nation. I’m looking forward to seeing them back on stage with some old favorites and plenty of new magic that I’m sure will blow my mind. Trust me; you don’t want to miss this. Welcome back guys.

Don’t miss your chance to see the #1 selling magic show in the world as it returns to Broadway this season for a limited engagement! As mentioned above, you only have until January 3rd, 2016 to experience this true magic! The show is a great pick for those interested in magic and regular Broadway theater-goers interested in seeing something not always seen in New York on such a large-scale.  For more information, visit The Illusionists Official Website, Facebook or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 


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The Most Happy Fella Is Next Up For Wagner College Theatre

12240098_10208497651785805_5002137188827208163_nWe’re headed back out to Staten Island today to bring you coverage of theatre news from our favorite college theatre program in the country! Following a success kickoff of its 48th season, Wagner has prepped two classics for both the Main Stage and Stage One Studio Theatre to continue its season as 2015 comes to a close and 2016 prepares to begin. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Wagner College Theatre continues it’s 2015-16 season with The Most Happy Fella up next on the Main Stage!

The Most Happy Fella is a musical featuring book, music and lyrics by Frank Loesser. The musical, based off of the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard, tells the story of an older man who falls in love with a younger woman. The musical, often referred to as an opera, speaks to the Italian immigrant experience as Tony Esposito falls for Rosabella and the two experience the effects their relationship will cause. Loesser returned to Broadway with Fella just six years after penning Guys & Dolls and would later go on, just five years later, to pen How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

12232907_10153282851741243_3103026193328400375_oAfter kicking off its season with the 1950’s classic Damn Yankees, Wagner College Theatre brings to life another beloved musical from the era on the Main Stage. The production runs November 18th through the 21st with a second week running December 2nd to December 6th. All performances are at 8 PM with a 2 PM matinée on November 21st and December 5th. There is only a 2 PM performance on December 6th. The Most Happy Fella premiered on Broadway May 3rd, 1956 at The Imperial Theatre before moving to the Broadway Theatre on October 21st. The show ran through December 14th, 1957 playing a total of 676 performances. The original Broadway run was partially bankrolled by Lucille Ball, best known for the I Love Lucy television series. In one episode in 1957, the famous duo attended a sold out performance of The Most Happy Fella and three songs from the production were also featured. Broadway revivals of the show have taken place in 1979 at The Imperial Theatre and 1992 at The Booth Theatre. New York City Center has also produced numerous limited engagements of the production with much success, the most recent in 2014 with Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw at the helm.

Wagner College Theatre’s production is led by Anthony Turner as Tony, Jeanine Bruen as Rosabella (Both Pictured Above Right), Josh Sottile as Joey, Mackenzie Shay as Cleo, Greg Ippolito as Herman, Becca Barrett as Marie, Joe O’Malley as Doctor and Nick Manna as Postman. Jake Tyler Marks is the Tony understudy and will perform both Saturday matinees. The ensemble features Nicholas Barakos, Addi Berry, Jasmine Canziani, Joe Cowdrey, Lauren Dennis, Eric Elson, Matthew Healey, Rachael Houser, Kyle Johnson, Stephen Kallas, Darnell Xavier Kenney, Dana Kluczyk, Dean Marino, Kaitlin Quann, Jonathan Quigley, Jason Rath, Sydni Session, Bailey Shada, Natalie Schaffer, Lola Silver, Kelly Swint, Megan Viglione and Chris Zika.

10341996_813127698882_3764308897105025711_nDrew Scott Harris returns to Wagner College to helm The Most Happy Fella as director. Harris has staged some of Wagner’s most beloved productions including the infamous Titanic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and most recently, Carousel. Wagner College Theatre Alum Sarah Tranchina (Class of 2010 & Pictured Left) returns as choreographer with Dr. Lauri Young as musical director. The production is a two-piano scored version of the show with Wendy Bobbitt Cavett (Mamma Mia!) serving as the second accompnimist. The rest of the creative team includes Phill Hickox as scenic design, Polly Kendrick as costume design, Vicki Neal as lighting design and Richard Kroth as sound design.  Emma McElwee (Class of 2016) is production stage manager.

Wagner_College_-_Theatre_Department_2Wagner College Theatre is a nationally ranked college theatre program located at Wagner College on Staten Island in New York City. The theatre program, which has been around since the 1960′s, has worked its way up to become one of the top ranked theatre programs by The Princeton Review. It has remained in the Top 5 Programs for the past 10 years and this past year ranked in at #2 in the nation. The program boosts a wonderful list of alumni and produces eight productions a year with four on the Main Stage and four in the Stage One Studio. Slated to hit the stage later this season on the Main Stage is Iolanthe and A Chorus Line while the Stage One Studio Theatre one can expect The Tempest, the premiere of New York Lands and The Dance Project.

Don’t miss your chance to fall in love with Wagner College Theatre and the cast of The Most Happy Fella as they kick off their run! Tickets can be purchased at the box office located in Main Hall on the Wagner College Campus on Staten Island. Current Wagner College students can attend the production for free by showing their current student ID. The box office is open Monday through Friday from 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM. For more, call the box office at (718) 390-3259. Thank you to Karen O’Donnell for the photos used in this blog post. For more information, visit Wagner College Theatre’s Official WebsiteFacebook or TwitterAnd of course, be sure to check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know!



Misery Opens on Broadway

miseryAnother new play of the 2015-16 Broadway season officially opens tonight! The show comes to Broadway with a large following previously starting its life as a novel, by an incredibly well-known author, before turning into a movie. As if that wasn’t enough, one of the largest names in Hollywood has come to New York to make his Broadway debut this season in the new show. Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that Misery officially opens on Broadway!

Misery is a new play written by William Goldman that tells the story of successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon. Sheldon awakes to find himself in the home of his “Number One Fan” after she rescued him from a car crash. As Paul recovers, Annie reads the manuscript to his latest novel to be published and discovers he has killed off her favorite character. Livid, Annie forces Sheldon to pen a second new book making up for his mistakes. As time passes, Paul realizes his fan has no intention of letting him go. He must write his way out of his best story yet because this time, his life depends on it. Goldman penned the book for the Misery film in 1990 and returns to Broadway for the first time since 1962 when he wrote A Family Affair.

misery-stephen-king-audio-cover-artMisery officially opens tonight on Broadway at The Broadhurst Theatre after beginning previews earlier this fall on October 22nd, 2015. The show is running as a limited engagementt playing Broadway through February 14th, 2016 only. The play is based on of a 1987 psychological horror novel of the same name written by Stephen King. The novel was later turned into a film in 1990 and actually made it to the stage as well once before it’s Broadway debut. Misery, another stage version of the show, played Off-Broadway. This version of the show went on to be produced in London, Athens and even Dubai. This production comes to Broadway following its world premiere at the Bucks County Playhouse in Pennsylvania in 2012.

1425559467_willis-articleEmmy Award winners Bruce Willis (Pictured Left) and Laurie Metcalf led the show to in its Broadway debut alongside Leon Addison Brown. The production marks Bruce Willis’ Broadway debut. The show is directed by Will Frears. The rest of the creative team includes David Korins as scenic designer, David Weiner as lighting designer and Tony Award winner Darron West as sound designer. The production is cast by Telsey + Company/William Cantler, CSAWarner Bros. Theatre Ventures, Castle Rock Entertainment and Raymond Wu are producers for the Broadway bow.

Don’t miss your chance to Emmy Award winner Bruce Willis make his Broadway debut and the rest of the cast of Misery as the show runs on Broadway for a limited engagement! The Broadhurst is set to blossom following Misery as the new musical, Tuck Everlasting (Based off of the popular novel turned film as well) is set to take up residence at the theater this spring. For more information, visit Misery’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 


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A View From The Bridge Opens On Broadway

13824-3A well-known, frequently revisited play returns to Broadway tonight directly imported from across the pond following much success in London’s West End. The show, which was just seen on Broadway a few years ago, return 60 years after it first premiered on the stage and just in time for its playwrights 100th anniversary.  Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news that A View From The Bridge officially opens tonight on Broadway!

A-View-From-The-Bridge-Playbill-Nov-01-2015A View From The Bridge officially opens tonight on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre after beginning previews earlier this fall on October 21st, 2015. The show is running as a limited engagement on Broadway appearing through February 21st, 2016. The production originated at the Young Vic in April 2014 to over-the-top ecstatic reviews and sold out its run within hours. Following its success at the Young Vic, the production transferred to London’s West End playing the Wyndham theatre. That production, not only also sold out, but would go on to win the Olivier Award for Best Revival, Best Director and Best Actor for Mark Strong’s performance. A View From The Bridge was last seen on Broadway just 5 years ago in 2010.

a-view-from-the-bridgeBringing the production back to Broadway is Mark Strong as Eddie Carbone, Nicola Walker as Beatrice, Phoebe Fox as Catherine, Michael Zegen as Marco, Russell Tovey as Rodolpho, Richard Hansell as Louis and Michael Gould as Alfieri. The production is mounted on Broadway by Ivo van Hove as director. The rest of his creative team includes Jan Versweyveld as scenic and lighting designer, An D’Huys as costume designer and Tom Gibbons as sound designer. Scott Rudin and Lincoln Center Theater are producers for the revival.

a-view-from-the-bridge-broadway-movie-poster-2010-1020697016I remember upon hearing the news that A View From The Bridge would return to Broadway, I immediately thought “Didn’t it just do that?” But don’t get me wrong now, I am a big Arthur Miller fan and even bigger fan of View From the Bridge. It is one of those productions we see fairly frequently return to Broadway but never mind it because it is such an excellent piece in itself. I remember seeing the 2010 production (Artwork featured left) during its run on Broadway. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this new production and new take on this classic piece. I have heard incredible things, from both sides of the pond, regarding the show. Also, this production features special onstage seating on both sides of the stage. If you’re interested in that, tickets for those seats are much higher priced as you’re much closer to the action. However, rush tickets are also available making this show accessible to the next generation of theatre goers.

Don’t miss your chance to see one of the most beloved works of American theatre back on Broadway for a limited time only! As mentioned above, the show is only playing the Lyceum Theatre through February 21st, 2016! If you missed this classic during its last run on Broadway, now is a better time than ever to see this highly acclaimed British production now playing The Great White Way! For more information, visit A View From The Bridge’s Official Website(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 



Current Renovations Will Harm Snug Harbor’s Music Hall Theatre

logoHop on board the Staten Island ferry, take a 30 minute boat ride with some of the best views of Lower Manhattan around and eventually you’ll arrive at the mysterious borough known as “Staten Island”. Trust me, its way better than it sounds. Just 10 minutes down the road from the ferry terminal is one of New York’s best kept secrets; Snug Harbor Cultural Center. Once a home to retired sailors, the campus features gardens, museums and is home to several arts organizations. The campus is looking to step up its arts game but not without concerning many in the theatre community first.  Today, Luner on Theatre takes a look at the upcoming renovations to Snug Harbor Cultural Center’s Music Hall and their potential to harm the theater!

349_tmp7A7The Music Hall (Pictured Right) at Snug Harbor Cultural Center, located in Staten Island is New York City’s second oldest theatre. Built in 1892, just one year after the infamous Carnegie Hall in Manhattan, the building is a Greek Revival Theatre that has seen better days. The building, at one point, fell into disrepair and much of the original architecture and design inside the space was lost. While money was raised and a renovation of the space began, it eventually ran out leaving the theatre in its current state it can be found today; a world of half and half. Lobbies and public ares are renovated and painted while inside the theatre exposed brick walls, a half restored proscenium and rotting ceiling remain.

14320049_1Rumors have plagued Staten Island and Snug Harbor for years now with talks of a renovation and expansion of The Music Hall potentially being considered. A parking lot, once home to a church now demolished, sits directly next to The Music Hall as a prime location for an expansion. Luner on Theatre has learned that in Summer 2016, Snug Harbor is interested in shutting down The Music Hall for a year, if not more, to begin and complete a renovation of The Music Hall as well as adding an additional building to the campus.

Studio Joseph has been hired by City of New York’s Department of Cultural Affairs to renovate The Music Hall to meet the needs of a standard performing arts center. The City’s Department of Design and Construction is managing the project which actually expands beyond the current building, with an addition being added to The Music Hall as well as a Performance Lawn” and courtyard nearby. Initial design plans and details for the building were announced during the Community Board 1 October meeting. However, following the specific details released regarding the project to modernize the theatre, Luner on Theatre is concerned about the future of The Music Hall.

nws-cb-1-10753cbfd01ec503Pictured right is the purposed addition, in green, to The current Music Hall. Full details for what the addition will contain have not been made public yet besides that it is where the green room will be located. A ground level loading dock is expected to be added to the building as well in addition to dressing rooms. I do know the dressing rooms are aiming to be located in the lower level of the already existing building as space for such exists and currently sits under-utilized. However, a further rendering showing the addition as a more transparent building is where our concern begins. The building seems fairly open, perhaps a little too much, to the public eye.

img-5935jpg-06182ebc070716d1Wendy Evans Joseph, an architect of Studio Joseph, noted the addition (Seen on the left side of the photo left) will create a “friendly, open feeling” noting specifically that the green room will feature a glass wall allowing outside visitors to view inside to activities happening there. As a theatre professional, the green room is a space for cast and crew only. It is a place where they can get into the zone before the show or unwind after one. It is a safe haven, not a museum exhibit. While I can understand Snug Harbor wanting an additional building that is also pleasing to the eye of those visiting the campus, the organization must step up and recognize the needs of the theatre and the theatre/entertainment professionals who will be using the space. Can you name an artist, entertainer or actor who wants audiences openly peering into their green room before or after a show? If so, please contact me directly.

Following this first detail of concern, Luner on Theatre reached out to Studio Joseph for further design plans or renderings of The Music Hall at Snug Harbor. However, we were turned down being told plans/design could not be made public at this time. Luner on Theatre has done some investigating and it appears that the studio is not necessarily one that works specifically on theaters or performance spaces. This concerns us as the inside of the current Music Hall is also in need of renovation and repair. Basic theatre fixes such as wing space and a fly system are needed while more extensive work such as the sloping stage (which slopes more than 6″ from off stage to center stage) and backstage staircases on the verge of collapse are needed sooner rather than later. How can one expect that to be properly executed by an organization that may not know the first thing about what an artist needs or what a theater requires?

Snug Harbor CEO Lynn Kelly released the following statement following the initial presentation saying;

“Snug Harbor is grateful to our elected officials for their generous support of the expansion of our beloved Music Hall. The expansion will provide much-needed amenities such as dressing rooms, ADA accessibility and critical back-of-house enhancements that will support the growth and expansion of our performing arts program.”

17302435-standardI do wonder if Lynn Kelly (Pictured Right) has reached out to any of the arts organizations or theatre companies that utilize the Music Hall at Snug Harbor for this input. While I can understand how this may create a firestorm of “wish list” items needed or desired for the space, I do wonder if Snug Harbor even went as far as to speak to theatrical professionals on Staten Island or in Manhattan, just a short ferry ride away. Kelly is a well-known name in the NYC arts community being voted to the executive committee board of NYC & Company this past May to helm arts & culture promotion. However, her public lack of enthusiasm, support or plain out political fighting to renovate one of the most historic arts buildings in the city located on a campus she runs is not only disappointing but concerning.

The City of New York, who is funding the renovation and addition, will easily be spending millions of dollars on this project. However, we need to assure those dollars are being spent wisely and at a cost that will not only benefit entertainers on Staten Island but audiences who regularly attend these productions. If we build a space that artists aren’t interested in working in or one audiences aren’t interested in visiting, what have we accomplished? How can we expect  an organization who does not show evidence of working in or understanding theaters to renovate one of NYC’s most historic theaters into a performance space of tomorrow? The answer is; it cannot be expected but even more, it should not even be considered.

43-MusicHallFromTheStageI am a huge fan of the space at The Music Hall at Snug Harbor. The theatre is sitting with so much potential to be turned into a top-notch performance space. By top-notch, I mean a theatre space that works with the technology of today and tomorrow while honoring its past. I mean, the proscenium of the theatre is home to the story of Orpheus, a mythological Greek poet/musician, commonly known as the “father of songs”. This space is simply beautiful. And it holds so much potential to grow even further with a renovation that would not only honor it’s past and past audiences but also introduce this space to the generation of tomorrow, the audience of tomorrow and the rest of New York City. I want to see this space succeed. I want to see organizations who work here succeed. I want to see Snug Harbor succeed. However, all of that begins when we provide only the best to get the best. Snug Harbor; Please Do Your Best.

Luner on Theatre will keep you updated on the renovation and addition to Snug Harbor’s Music Hall as plans become more public. It was expected that designs and further details regarding the project would be made available to the public very soon. I only hope Snug Harbor listens and considers the opinions of those who not only want to see the best for this organization but the best experience for artists and theatre-goers as well. We know there is an option that not only works for what Snug Harbor desires but what audiences and artists expect. For more information, visit Snug Harbor’s Official Website, Facebook or Twitter(Copyright Note; Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!