PHOTO CALL: Inside the Richard Rodgers Theatre Renovation
By Matthew Blank
The Richard Rodgers Theatre, which was built in 1925 as Chanin's 46th Street Theatre, underwent a $3.5 million renovation in anticipation of the starry Broadway revival of Romeo and Juliet.
The New York Daily news reports that James L. Nederlander, president of the Nederlander Organization, which owns the Rodgers, hired the award-winning firm of EverGreene Architectural Arts to restore the theatre.
In addition to restoring the original color palette, two round murals have been installed in the upper corners of the stage wall and gold leaf has been applied throughout the theatre, including the proscenium. Restorers, who were removing over 20 coats of paint from the theatre, also discovered cherubs throughout the proscenium, which shine anew thanks to the renovation.
Modern updates include replacing all 1,319 seats in the auditorium, as well as expanded restrooms.
The theatre was renamed for Broadway composer Rodgers in 1990.
The new production of Romeo and Juliet, which stars Orlando Bloom ("The Lord of the Rings") and Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad (Stick Fly, The Trip to Bountiful) as an interracial pair of young lovers in Shakespeare's tragedy, began previews Aug. 24. It officially opens Sept. 19 under the direction of David Leveaux.
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