PLAYBILL PICKS: The Top Theatre Stories of 2012; "Smash," "Les Miz," Theatre Renovations, Rebecca and More

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23 Dec 2012

LAND BOOM: We may still be in the thick of a lingering recession, but don't tell the New York nonprofits that. They spent most of 2012 opening swell-looking, lavishly appointed, new stomping grounds. The Atlantic Theater Company unveiled its $8.3 renovation of its landmarked mainstage Chelsea home. Lincoln Center Theater joined New York's three-venue club with the opening of its latest space, the rooftop aerie christened the Claire Tow Theater. The Public Theater took the tarp off the newly renovated space on Lafayette Street in the East Village, complete with new bar and welcoming outdoor stoop. None, however, beat, for roominess and grandeur, of the Signature Theatre Company's sprawling new Pershing Square Signature Center on West 42nd Street in Manhattan, which officially opened on Jan. 31 with a ribbon-cutting (read the Playbill walk-through feature). Three new theatres, plenty of rehearsal and office space, a book store, a spacious lobby, and a design by Frank Gehry. The feature equally touted by all four groups? Get a load of those new bathrooms!

Inside the new Public Theater lobby.
photo by Carol Rosegg


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