KANSAS CITY, MO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — One of the grand dames of the KC performing arts community is being given a fresh coat of paint.
The art deco music hall has been in business since it opened in 1935 and is being re-worked with a 13.4 million dollar renovation project, the Kansas City Star reported. Planned upgrades include deepening the existing stage by 15 feet, modernizing the seating footprint and improving the backstage facilities which will allow the theater to accommodate traveling Broadway performances for the first time.
"We are repositioning this building for another 70 years," said Reeves W. Wiedman, principal in Helix Architecture + Design told the Star.
The building itself isn't the only change in Kansas City. The theater's booking contract, which had been the province of the Theater League, a non-profit organization for the last 30 years will be taken over by Live Nation when the theatre re-opens in February of 2007. – CelebrityAccess staff writers.