New Haven’s Shubert Theater celebrates 100 years

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– New Haven’s Shubert Theater is celebrating 100 years in the city. It opened in 1914.

In the 1950’s and ’60’s major stars were gracing the stage in musicals one after another, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Julie Andrews, Humphrey Bogart, and on and on.

Renovations are under way at the theater right now as it gets ready for its grand celebration close-up.

An exclusive for you tonight, we can tell you Patty Lupone, a living legend of Broadway, will headline on December 11.

The Shubert’s Executive Director, John Fisher, talked about the rich history of the theater and its future on Nyberg.

“Now what we’re doing for the future is we’re starting the national tours of shows, so instead of getting them before they go to Broadway, we get them as they come out of Broadway in some cases, so this year we have two shows, Peter and the Star Catcher, which has been on Broadway and Tony Award winning show is starting its new tour here in January,” said Fisher. “Then we also have Matilda which is a wonderful musical based on the book of Roald Dahl and that’s going to be here teching as we call it, which is putting the show together for seven weeks. It’s a huge economic impact for the city and the community. We employ up to 100 stagehands for it who have been in the theater, not them particularly, but them and their predecessors for 100 years, but it really is taking it to a new level. We’ve done it over the last few years with Jersey Boys and a number of shows, and it’s wonderful because it fills up our hotels and restaurants and it gets up shows that we normally wouldn’t see here for a long time.”

Also coming soon will be a theater within a theater, a 100 seat or so black box space to do smaller shows, cabaret, and music.

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