"The Saenger Theatre is the crown jewel of Canal Street,"Mayor Mitch Landrieu says. "Combined with new state-of-the-art features and the authentic restoration to its original 1927 design, the new Saenger Theatre will redefine the live entertainment marketplace in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region."
The Saenger Opening Gala, starring Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will be the highlight of the grand opening celebration with a gala and concert on Oct. 5.
The lineup continues through the holiday season with a variety of performances, including an historic performance of the Abyssinian Mass, composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Oct. 13, and "Band Together," a free children's concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Oct. 2.
"The investment our community has made in this spectacular, historic venue will reap dividends for our citizens for years to come," says Skinner. "These shows at the Saenger will infuse new lifeblood into this sector of downtown, stimulating economic activity in our retail, restaurant, hospitality and transportation industries throughout the area."