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Posted: Friday, 21 June 2013 4:28AM

Restored to roaring '20s splendor, Saenger readies for opening

Tickets go on sale today for the first performance of a star-studded lineup at the Saenger Theatre since before Hurricane Katrina.

Comedian Jerry Seinfeld will kickoff the grand opening weekend. He hasn't been on the legendary downtown New Orleans venue's stage since 2001 says General Manager David Skinner.

And he says you won't recognize the Saenger went it reopens with the Seinfeld show September 28, as "Our goal is to return the Saenger to its grandeur of when it opened in 1927."

The Saenger Theatre is currently undergoing a $52 million restoration led by the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation, and ACE Theatrical Group.

Other shows this fall include Diana Ross, comedian Bill Maher, Bonnie Raitt, and Ghost, the Musical.

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"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."

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