Thursday, January 29, 2009

Paul Simon to Reopen Landmark NYC Theatre

Legendary singer/songwriter Paul Simon will reopen the renowned and newly renovated Beacon Theatre in New York City with two shows on February 13th and 14th. Tickets for both performances are on sale now.

Paul Simon first performed at the Beacon in 1990 alongside Paul McCartney and returned for a critically acclaimed three-night run in December of 2000. Simon also made an appearance at the Theatre in 2003 for Willie Nelson’s nationally televised 70th birthday celebration. Simon’s highly anticipated two-night run to reopen the Theatre will mark his first show at the Beacon in nearly six years.

Interestingly enough, Simon lives just a few blocks from the venue on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

The seven month renovation of the historic 2,800-seat venue cost $15 million. The Theatre was built in 1928 and designed in the art deco styling of the day by architect Walter Ahlschlager. Shortly thereafter, Warner Brothers purchased the venue and infused it with Moroccan and Greek influences to create its current eclectic and distinctive architectural character.

The Beacon was designated a New York landmark building by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Committee.

“The Beacon is one of New York’s most beloved and historic venues and we are proud that the restoration has returned it to its original grandeur,” said James L. Dolan, chairman of Madison Square Garden and president and chief executive officer of Cablevision Systems Corporation, in a statement.

For further information on the venue you can visit beacontheatrenyc.com. For more information on Paul Simon you can visit his website, paulsimon.com.

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