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It was black tie very optional, but a hard hat and closed-toe shoes required, during a recent tour of the Hamel Music Center, as representatives from the design team offered a sneak preview.

Construction began in February 2017 and is scheduled for .... read more
From the Desk of Joshua Dachs:

As I said in my last post, I've been trying to understand the genesis of Arena Stage's unique and remarkable theater-in-the-round (designed by Harry Weese and opened in 1961 in Washington DC). To do this I've looked for .... read more
Suppose you're watching a show at the Muny -- not in real life, but in a dream. It looks different somehow, more glamorous.

Tall shells, elegant with their sleek, curvilinear silhouettes that evoke both past and future, bookend the stage in a spectrum .... read more
This extraordinary intervention fulfils the client's pipe dream for ideal accommodation, within the confines of occupied grade I and II listed buildings. It replaces a 1970s auditorium in the very heart of the Royal Academy of Music, while also adding a new auditorium with a .... read more
The Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra (MSO) is preparing to break ground on its renovation of the Warner Grand Theater and the construction of an adjacent lobby and reception building. The $80 million project is led by Milwaukee-based architecture firm Kahler Slater.

The Art Deco Warner .... read more
I have always been a sucker for an encyclopedia. As a kid I would grab a volume of the World Book off the shelf -- yes, in those pre-Internet days parents actually saved up and bought their kids encyclopedias, and in fifth grade I was .... read more
In case you've been wondering what's up with the plan for the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra to remake the 1930 Warner Theater, 212 W. Wisconsin Ave., into its new performance hall, there's been plenty of progress, even if it might not look like it to passersby.

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How does the design of performance space impact the creation of new work? How can that space transform the experience of the viewer? This program presented by the Center for Architecture, American Theatre Wing, Knoll, and AIA New York took a look at how recent .... read more
On New Year's Eve, following a countdown to midnight in -30 C (-22 F) weather, the National Arts Centre (NAC) in Ottawa began displaying colourful, dynamic images on the Kipnes Lantern. The three-storey glass tower, which frames the performance facility's new Elgin Street entrance, incorporates .... read more
The new National Music Centre in Calgary, Canada, is covered inside and out with metallic tiles, giving it the glint and gleam of an old trombone. Its affinity with a musical instrument is not just a surface effect. The centre houses two concert venues, a .... read more
The stage was filled with board members and staff from the latest owner, the nonprofit Second Stage theater company, as well as local politicians who'd been in instrumental in carving a substantial amount of money .... read more
A starry gathering of theater and film luminaries assembled Monday morning in New York for the official unveiling of the Hayes Theater, the new home of Second Stage Theater and the only Broadway house dedicated exclusively to the work of living American playwrights.

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It was a longtime coming for Carole Rothman—a decade in fact—but the artistic director of Second Stage Theater was finally able to officially unveil the organization's new Broadway home, The Helen Hayes Theater, to industry and press. In the video above, watch Rothman .... read more
The planned opening of the Shed, a new arts center in Manhattan, is still one year off, but its programming will begin this May with a free, 12-day collaboration between the architect .... read more
The theater was so small, it was named the Little Theater. That was 106 years ago, and since then it has been reincarnated many times — renamed, repurposed, rehabilitated.

Now known as the Helen Hayes Theater, the smallest house on Broadway is about to reopen .... read more
"What are those crazy round windows in the Hamel Music Center?"

It's a question Gary Brown has gotten a lot lately.

But they're not windows, explains the director of .... read more
The Voxman Music Building celebrates musical performance at every turn, embracing a collaborative and exploratory student-driven model of education that treats every space as performance space. The building shares this sense of musical discovery with the community through a transparent expression. The pattern of streets .... read more
The Stratford Festival has kicked off a $100-million fundraising campaign to renovate the Tom Patterson Theatre.

The original building, erected in the early 20th century as a curling rink, has housed the theatre for 46 years but has suffered from cramped seating, poor accessibility .... read more
The Anthem, a new music venue in Washington, D.C., just opened in the city's revitalized Wharf district. It's an unlikely independent success story in an industry filled with global entertainment companies.

CBS News' Alex Wagner took a tour of the new neighborhood .... read more
Every musical performance is unique, but they typically begin with an identical ritual. The musicians file into their seats and the conductor cues a lone musician to play a specific note. As the concert pitch lingers in the air, read more
After much of the University of Iowa's campus was ravaged by a flood in 2008, the institution's School of Music decamped from the riverbanks to downtown Iowa City, where it got a prominent site and .... read more
It's a curious truth that one of the few buildings in the world named after its architect is an opera house. Or at least that's how Allan Greenberg sees it, referring of course to Charles Garnier's Beaux-Arts Palais Garnier in read more
In total silence, one of the world's foremost acousticians bent over a sound board and slid a button forward. Then he listened as a swooping noise came out of a huge portable speaker on the stage of the Mahaffey Theater, from low to high, like .... read more
Open last year in Iowa City, the University of Iowa Voxman Music Building is a six-story, 184,000-square-feet academic building containing performance spaces, a music library, practice rooms, classrooms, and faculty studios and offices. It establishes a connection between the community and the school though specific .... read more
"Georgetown is part of our firm's cultural identity," says Bill Spack, whose name is one of three on the shingle at Cox Graae + Spack Architects. "Over the years, we have explored other options for housing our office, but have always felt the tug of a .... read more
The Moody Center for the Arts, which opened earlier this year on the campus of Rice University in Houston, TX, is a $30 million, 50,000 square-foot building dedicated to interdisciplinary conversations through the arts, bridging gaps between scientific, engineering, and humanities disciplines by providing spaces to facilitate .... read more
Detailed new designs for the long-simmering revival of the landmark Coconut Grove Playhouse, unveiled Monday, would marry its Mediterranean architecture to a new stand-alone theater building faced in rough rock, glass and lush hanging foliage. The .... read more
Washington, D.C.'s newest major development, The Wharf, comes with not one, not two, but three music venues—and the most stunning one of the bunch is about to open its doors to the public.

The Anthem is a brand new space .... read more
Seth Hurwitz built The Anthem, so it's only fitting that he'd help christen the massive music venue at The Wharf. Late into Foo Fighters' 22-song set that marked the official opening of the 6,000-person concert hall .... read more
The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts on the Southern Utah University campus in Cedar City was dedicated Thursday morning in front of a crowd of hundreds that included Gov. Gary Herbert, representatives of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation, Utah Shakespeare Festival staff, festival guests .... read more
It was evening in Harlem.

At 144 West 125th Street, between Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Lenox Avenue, people fiercely embraced one another in greeting. Bartenders poured wine as a D.J. spun tunes and a machine spouted popcorn.

This wasn't .... read more
Once upon a time Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney only had to see a barn to start shouting "let's put on a show!"

The Weston Playhouse, set to open a $6.3 million second stage and community center beside the silos of the nearby Walker .... read more
A decade-long dream will finally become a reality Saturday. Officials with the Weston Playhouse Theatre Company will celebrate the grand opening of their $6.3 million second stage and community center.

The Weston Playhouse at Walker .... read more
Hudson Yards's cultural center, the Shed, a six-story performance and exhibition space, is making slow but steady progress on its construction. Around this exact time last year, the skeleton for the $435 million project had already .... read more
The Count Basie Theatre is looking to the future.

The landmark Red Bank venue broke ground on its $23 million expansion on Wednesday afternoon. The project, first announced in 2015, will nearly double the .... read more
In 1597, when the Lord Chamberlain's Men's lease expired on their theater building in Shoreditch, then still a suburb outside the City of London, the company dismantled the structure, timber by timber, and moved it across the Thames to Bankside — where they rebuilt it into London's .... read more
The Stratford Festival began with a tent. Now its artistic director has buildings on the brain. The Stratford, Ont., organization recently unveiled the design for its new Tom Patterson Theatre by Hariri Pontarini Architects, which it hopes to start building this fall.

"I .... read more
All too often, The Architect's Newspaper (AN) reports the demolition of yet another Brutalist structure -- the perpetual bane of the public eye for reasons architects only half-pretend to care about. So it was refreshing to celebrate the reopening of the National Arts .... read more
The final design for the Museum of Modern Art's $400 million expansion project, which will be officially unveiled on Thursday, is striking and provocative less because of its look than its implicit message: MoMA isn't modern yet.

Under the new plans, the museum is .... read more
Dozens of art and architecture journalists descended on a construction site on Manhattan's far west side yesterday -- in the middle of the chaotic building frenzy that is NYC's Hudson Yards -- for a first glimpse of an ambitious and costly new addition to the .... read more