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Posted: Friday, 27 September 2013 7:34AM

Saenger opens today as 'anchor' to area's redevelopment

The Saenger Theatre reopens today after a seven year project that cost 52 million dollars.

"It's gonna be right at the heart of the redevelopment of Canal Street," New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu noted.  "I'm really excited about that.  It's gonna help anchor the entire area that we are working on around the Iberville, and it's gonna completely anchor the Quarter and the commercial development all the way from the River over to the I-10, so I am really ecstatic about it."

Developers say the project features an authentic restoration of the original 1927 design. 

A news release says, "New, state of the art building and technical systems including an expanded theatre stage house will ensure that the Saenger will be able to host the very finest performing arts attractions. New theatre seating, increased concessions and restroom facilities along with new lounge areas complete the scope of this truly remarkable effort!"

The theater has been shuttered since Hurricane Katrina.

"What you see today is the culmination of seven years of very hard work," said Cindy Connick with the Canal Street Redevelopment Corporation.

Jerry Seinfeld performs tonight with Broadway productions and many other events also on sale.

Other upcoming events include:

Men of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett
D.L. Hughley & Eddie Griffin
Gracias Christmas Cantata 2013 Tour
Brian Regan
A Prairie Home Companion, starring Garrison Keillor presented by WWNO
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, performing the Abyssinian Mass
The Book of Mormon
Diana Ross
Theresa Caputo Live! The Experience
So You Think You Can Dance Tour 2013
1964 The Tribute (Beatles Tribute)
Chris Tucker
Bill Maher
Celtic Thunder
Ghost the Musical
Joe Bonamassa
The Irish Tenors Christmas
Bonnie Raitt
Sister Act
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The Fresh Beat Band
Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Disney's Beauty and the Beast
War Horse

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