MIDLAND, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A first-class Broadway entertainment theater could be coming to Midland, Texas, with the planned construction of a performing arts center based on $45 million in tuition revenue bonds passed by the state legislature.
The facility will be located on the current site of the Center for Energy and Economic Diversity located between Midland and Odessa, near the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
“It’s a great opportunity for Midland and for the Permian Basin. It’s a perfect location,” House Speaker Tom Craddick told the Midland Reporter-Telegram. “CEED is a perfect deal because it’s between the two cities.”
Craddick said he envisions a state-of-the-art facility, with between 2,000 and 2,500 seats to attract touring Broadway shows.
Grant Billingsley, manager of public affairs for Wagner and Brown, which owns the property, said a performing arts center has been an objective in Midland since the 1970s. “It’s a great project that will touch thousands of lives,” he told the paper. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers