An Inside Look at the Newly Refurbished Emerson Colonial Theatre in Boston

by Stage Directions

Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG) offered a look inside the newly refurbished and restored Emerson Colonial Theatre, which opened to the public on July 10 with the first preview performance of the world premiere pre-Broadway engagement of Moulin Rouge! The Musical. Through collaboration with Elkus Manfredi Architects and Consigli Contracting Co., the renovation of Boston’s most storied venue harkens back to the building’s original 1900 design while introducing modern back-of-house technology and efficiencies, allowing the venue to welcome a diverse array of programming.

As previously announced, ATG has entered into a long-term lease agreement with Emerson College to operate the landmark venue, including investing several million dollars in much-needed capital improvements to the historic theater, and renewing the tradition of the Emerson Colonial Theatre as the birthplace of new Broadway musicals. In its storied history, the Emerson Colonial Theatre has debuted such seminal Broadway shows as Anything Goes, Porgy and Bess, Oklahoma!, Annie Get Your Gun, Follies, A Little Night Music, La Cage aux Folles, and Grand Hotel, among others. The theater will also program a variety of live entertainment offerings, titles of which will be announced shortly.

“It is a privilege to raise the curtain on the Emerson Colonial Theatre’s stage once more,” says Stephen Lewin, CEO, ATG North America and Kristin Caskey, Executive Vice President of Content and Creative, North America. “We are committed to reviving the tradition of great theater being born in Boston while simultaneously inviting new and existing audiences into this landmark space to experience all forms of live performance. We are grateful to Emerson College for entrusting us to bring the Colonial back to Boston’s vibrant cultural landscape, and we look forward to providing the community with a fantastic, premium experience from the moment they enter the building.”

All photos of the Emerson Colonial Theatre by photographer Patrick Farrell.

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