Playbill On-Line has learned that costs for the restoration and renovation work done at the Palace Theatre in preparation for the arrival of Disney's Aida ran as high as the mid-six figure range.
"We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix up the theatre and give it a little more style," said producer Stewart F. Lane who co-owns the Palace with The Nederlander Organization.
"Since I got involved in the theatre with Jimmy [Nederlander]," Lane told Playbill On-Line," we've had a phenomenal run of success with 20 years of hit shows. The theatre has been good to us, so it was time to give something back to the theatre."
Last refurbished some ten years ago, the Palace was ready for a facelift. Recent work includes the repainting of the whole interior. Lane said the color had been changed from maroon to a warmer earth tone with new gold trim. New carpeting and some new seats have been put in as well.
"We've also added a new chandelier and a new bar upstairs," Lane said. This is the third significant Broadway theatre upgrade associated with Disney. While the scope of work varied from project to project, the New Amsterdam and the Lunt-Fontanne were also rebuilt or upgraded in connection with a Disney show.
While the majority of the work is done, some final "checklist" items remain to be attended to.
"It's like it always is in theatre," Lane said, "we're still working on it."