NYC's Theatres at 45 Bleecker Have New Owner-Managers

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Theatrical producer and former music promoter Louis Salamone is the new owner and manager of the newly renovated Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street, between Lafayette and Mott, in the heart of Greenwich Village.

The spaces within the complex are the Bleecker Street Theatre and the Lafayette Street Theatre, as well as Bite at Charlie's Place Café.

Salamone will manage the Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street in association with Edmund Gaynes, with whom he also manages the Actors Temple Theater and the St. Luke's Theatre, both in the heart of the Broadway theatre district in midtown. They've also booked shows at the Players Theatre in Greenwich Village.

Calvin Wynter will manage the late night downstairs performance space, The Green Room, in the Lafayette Street Theatre.

The Bleecker Street Theatre (now hosting Angelica Torn as Sylvia Plath in Paul Alexander's Edge) has flexible seating from 199 to 300 seats. The smaller 99-155 seat Lafayette Street Theatre will be used with either traditional seating or as a cabaret space. The Green Room (Lafayette's nightspot name) will host comics, singers, musicians, performance artists, burlesque and spoken word.

The theatre is home to the lobby café, Bite at Charlie's Place, with food service by the neighborhood eatery Bite. Louis Salamone spent his entire adult life working in the entertainment industry, beginning in college, where he produced concerts with artists such as The Grateful Dead and The Kinks. He created a successful booking and management company in his native Boston, representing musical artists including Bim Skala Bim and the multi-platinum rock band Extreme and worked with New England's top promoters, for which he produced concerts with artists ranging from Frank Sinatra to Run-D.M.C.

For the last 15 years, he has worked in the theatre in New York City, revitalizing the Off-Broadway Players Theatre and rehearsal complex with his company, After School Productions, producing several Off-Broadway shows including Six Goumbas and a Wannabe, Bartenders, Women on the Verge of HRT, Picon Pie, Trolls and Cycling Past the Matterhorn.

Edmund Gaynes has produced Bein' with Behan at the Irish Repertory Theatre, which was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award; Matty: An Evening with Christy Mathewson at the Lambs Theatre; Chaim's Love Song at the Raymond J. Greenwald Theatre; Einstein: A Stage Portrait at the American Jewish Theatre; Panache at the Players Theatre; the West Coast premieres of Marry Me a Little and Starting Here, Starting Now; and the world premiere of But First, Sammy Shore, which also ran for two years. Recently, he produced Picon Pie, Trolls and The Rise of Dorothy Hale.

Calvin R. Wynter Jr. entered the entertainment industry after a successful career on Wall Street with Merrill Lynch as a trader and Lehman Brothers as an investment banker. As an executive producer, he is an Edinburgh Festival Fringe Award winner, Obie Award winner, Richard Pryor Award winner, AUDELCO Award nominee and Drama Desk Award nominee. He has produced comedy and theatre in Edinburgh, Melbourne, New York, Sydney and Toronto.

For more information about Theatres at 45 Bleecker Street, call (212) 353-9283.

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