Saenger Theatre opening with Seinfeld

NEW ORLEANS — After more than eight years, the historic Saenger Theatre will reopen its doors this fall with a grand opening celebration, featuring a lineup of performances commemorating the city’s love for live entertainment of all kinds. The initial announcement includes a variety of entertainment beginning on Sept. 28 and continuing through Jan. 10, 2014. Additional performances will be announced as they are confirmed.

The Saenger Theatre is currently undergoing a $52 million restoration led by the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation, and ACE Theatrical Group.

“The Saenger Theatre is the crown jewel of Canal Street,” Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. “Combined with new state-of-the-art features and the authentic restoration to its original 1927 design, the new Saenger Theatre will redefine the live entertainment marketplace in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region.”

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld will kick-off the grand-opening weekend in the Saenger Theatre with two comedy performances on Sept. 28.

The Saenger Opening Gala, starring Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will be the highlight of the grand opening celebration with a gala and concert on Oct. 5. More details on the Saenger Opening Gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

The lineup continues through the holiday season with a variety of performances, including a historic performance of the Abyssinian Mass, composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra on Oct. 13, and “Band Together,” a free children’s concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra on Oct. 2.

“The investment our community has made in this spectacular, historic venue will reap dividends for our citizens for years to come,” said David Skinner, Saenger Theatre general manager. “These shows at the Saenger will infuse new lifeblood into this sector of downtown, stimulating economic activity in our retail, restaurant, hospitality and transportation industries throughout the area.”

The performances mark the culmination of the public-private restoration project and the beginning of the next chapter in the theatre’s storied history.

“We are committed to stimulating business development through the adaptive reuse and development of Canal Street,” said David Rubenstein, Canal Street Development Corporation chairman. “Through our partnerships with the City of New Orleans and ACE Theatrical Group, the Saenger will once again serve as an important anchor that will spur growth and redevelopment along Canal Street.”

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The Saenger Theatre also announces a special parking arrangement with the University Place Parking Garage, half a block from the Saenger across Canal Street. All ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to pre-pay for parking while buying concert tickets through This option will provide the patron with a reserved space at the garage the day of the event. Parking at the University Place Parking Garage will cost $20, including all services fees.

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