UPDATE: Live Nation, Cirque and AEG Battle For Jackie Gleason

MIAMI (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — There has been a lot of interest in Miami's Jackie Gleason Theater this week. The city received not one, but three proposals for the city-owned theater the Miami Herald reported. Cirque du Soleil, the avant garde theatrical production and two promotion giants AEG and Live Nation have all submitted proposals to the city on Sept. 29.

The city commission has stated it's intent to weigh the current proposals and make a decision, announcing the winner on October 28.

Not everyone is pleased with their prompt action. Members of the local chamber of commerce have passed a resolution urging the city to allow sufficient time to consider all of their options.

"Our concern is just the timing of this," Sandy Horwitz, the chamber's chairman told the Miami Herald "I'm a numbers guy. As a result, I'd like to look at the numbers."

Some on the city council aren't entirely pleased with the way things are being handled either. Commissioners have complained that the proposals were not released with sufficient time for commissioners to develop an accurate understandings of the details.

City Manager Jorge Gonzalez told the Herald that he had little latitude in the issue and that all three companies invoked exemptions in state public record disclosure laws protecting business who wish to move to Florida.

The Cirque proposal is for a $130 million dollar renovation, with the city investing $50-55 million the Herald reported while AEG and Live Nation both hope to convert the theatre into a venue more suited to concerts and other live entertainment. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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