Citi Performing Arts Center Reopens Emerson Colonial Theatre

Citi Performing Arts Center Reopens Emerson Colonial Theatre

Boston’s oldest continuously operating theatre to reopen on October 25th for first performance under Citi Center’s management.

BOSTON (October 24, 2012) – The Emerson Colonial Theatre will reopen on October 25, 2012, for the first performance under Citi Performing Arts Center’s management and since the historic theatre went dark in July 2011. The newly-renamed Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre’s first show of what Emerson College President Lee Pelton calls “the next chapter of this historic theater’s history,” will be a special performance by James Taylor in support of United States Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. Other upcoming performances include Memphis (December 11-23), Jersey Boys (January 30-March 3, 2013), and the pre-Broadway run ofTuck Everlasting (May 26-June 15, 2013). Information about upcoming events can be found at citicenter.org/events.

In September 2011, Citi Performing Arts Center and Emerson College announced they had reached a three-year lease agreement, under which Citi Center would take responsibility for operating the 112-year-old theatre and work with booking partner, Broadway Across America, to program the venue with touring Broadway productions. Located on Boylston Street across from the Boston Common, the Citi Emerson Colonial Theatre is Boston’s longest continuously operating theatre, a record that remains untarnished thanks to the new agreement which went into effect on July 1, 2012. Famous for hosting pre-Broadway tryouts of legendary musicals like Anything Goes, La Cage aux Folles, Oklahoma!, and Porgy and Bess, the theatre’s historic facilities underwent substantial repair and maintenance efforts over the course of the summer in preparation for the return of patrons.

Upon the September 2011 announcement of the plan to reopen the theatre, Citi Center President and CEO, Josiah A. Spaulding, Jr. said: “Citi Performing Arts Center is recognized nationally as a nonprofit expert in maintaining and running beautiful historic theatres, so this partnership made perfect sense for us.” Citi Center also manages two other historic venues in Boston’s Theatre District—the Wang and Shubert Theatres.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino also noted: “This partnership between Citi Performing Arts Center, Emerson College, and Broadway Across America speaks to the strength and importance of collaboration. I am so excited to be able to once again attend a performance in this beautiful and historic venue.”

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PRESS RELEASE Release Date: October 24, 2012
Contacts: Julie Banks | Citi Performing Arts Center (617) 532-1247 | jbanks@citicenter.org