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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Canal Street Development Corporation, and ACE Theatrical Group Announce Saenger Theatre Grand Opening Celebration

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New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, Canal Street Development Corporation, and ACE Theatrical Group Announce Saenger Theatre Grand Opening Celebration

Star-Studded Performance Lineup to Mark Reopening of Legendary Downtown New Orleans Venue

(NEW ORLEANS, La.) - June 13, 2013 -After more than eight years, the historic Saenger Theatre will proudly reopen its doors this fall with a grand opening celebration, featuring a lineup of performances commemorating the city's love for live entertainment of all kinds. The initial announcement includes a variety of entertainment beginning on Sept. 28 and continuing through Jan. 10 of 2014. Additional performances will be announced as they are confirmed. The Saenger Theatre is currently undergoing a $52 million restoration led by the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation, and ACE Theatrical Group. 

"The Saenger Theatre is the crown jewel of Canal Street," Mayor Mitch Landrieu said. "Combined with new state-of-the-art features and the authentic restoration to its original 1927 design, the new Saenger Theatre will redefine the live entertainment marketplace in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region. Today's announcement of the grand opening celebration lineup reestablishes the Saenger as the premier live entertainment venue in the region, truly providing something for everyone."

Legendary comedian Jerry Seinfeld will kick-off the grand opening weekend in the Saenger Theatre with two comedy performances on Sept. 28. The Saenger Opening Gala, starring Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, will be the highlight of the grand opening celebration with a gala and concert on Oct. 5. More details on the Saenger Opening Gala will be announced in the coming weeks. The lineup continues through the holiday season with a variety of performances, including a historic performance of the Abyssinian Mass, composed and performed by Wynton Marsalis and The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Oct. 13, and "Band Together," a free children's concert by the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra Oct. 2.

The performances mark the culmination of the public-private restoration project and the beginning of the next chapter in the theatre's storied history. "The investment our community has made in this spectacular, historic venue will reap dividends for our citizens for years to come," said David Skinner, General Manager of the Saenger Theatre. "These shows at the Saenger will infuse new lifeblood into this sector of downtown, stimulating economic activity in our retail, restaurant, hospitality and transportation industries throughout the area."

"We are committed to stimulating business development through the adaptive reuse and development of Canal Street," said David Rubenstein, Chair of the Canal Street Development Corporation. "Through our partnerships with the City of New Orleans and ACE Theatrical Group, the Saenger will once again serve as an important anchor that will spur growth and redevelopment along Canal Street."

The lineup of opening shows is as follows:


Performer Name


Ticket Prices*


On-Sale Date

For More Information

Jerry Seinfeld

Sat., Sept. 28,

7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

$45, $65, $83

Fri., June 21,

10 a.m.

Men of Soul with Jeffrey Osborne, Peabo Bryson, Freddie Jackson and Howard Hewett

Sun., Sept. 29,

7 p.m.

$45, $60, $70, $75, $95

Sat., June 22,

10 a.m.

Band Together: A free community concert with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Wed., Oct. 2,

10 a.m.



D.L. Hughley & Eddie Griffin

Fri., Oct. 4,

8 p.m.

$25, $45, $55, $75

Sat., June 22,

11 a.m.

Saenger Opening Gala, starring

Kristin Chenoweth and the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra

Sat., Oct. 5,

Time TBD

On Sale Soon

On Sale Soon


Brian Regan


Oct. 10,

7:30 p.m.

$39.50 all seats

Fri., June 28,

12 p.m.

A Prairie Home Companion, starring Garrison Keillor presented by WWNO

Sat., Oct. 12,

5 p.m.

$40, $55, $70, $80


Sat., June 29,

12 p.m.


Wynton Marsalis & The Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, performing the Abyssinian Mass

Sun., Oct. 13,

7 p.m.

$35.75, $45.75, $55.75, $65.75, $75.75


June 27,

10 a.m.

1964 The Tribute (Beatles tribute)

Sat., Nov. 9,

8 p.m.

$38.75, $43.75, $48.75, $53.75


June 27,

12 p.m.

Bill Maher

Sat., Nov. 16,

8 p.m.

$48.75, $58.75, $68.75, $78.75

Fri., June 28,

10 a.m.

Celtic Thunder

Sun., Nov. 17,

7 p.m.

$29.75, $39.75, $49.75, $59.75, $79.75

Sat., June 22,

2 p.m.

Joe Bonamassa


Nov. 26,

8 p.m.

$72.75, $82.75, $92.75, $102.75


June 27,

11 a.m.

The Irish Tenors Christmas

Tues., Dec. 3, 8 p.m.

$27.75, $37.75, $47.75, $57.75, $67.75

Fri., June 28,

1 p.m.

Bonnie Raitt

Fri., Dec. 6,

8 p.m.

$35.75, $59.75, $79.75, $128.75


Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker


Dec. 26,

8 p.m.

$27.50, $37.50, $48.50, $68, $102

Sat., June 29,

11 a.m.

The Fresh Beat Band

Fri., Jan. 10, 2014, 7 p.m.

$29.75, $34.75, $39.75, $42.75, $59.75

Sat., June 29,

10 a.m.


* Convenience Charges May Apply. Prices, Dates and Times Subject to Change.

For more information about specific performances, ticketing information, and to sign up to receive advance notification for tickets as they go on sale, visit For photos of each performer, visit

Season tickets are still on-sale for the 2013-2014 East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series and can be purchased by calling (800) 218-7469, or online at Individual tickets will be available six to eight weeks prior to each scheduled performance. For group pricing, please call (504) 287-0372. The season will feature The Book of Mormon, Ghost The Musical, Sister Act, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Memphis, War Horse and Rain.

The Saenger Theatre is also announcing a special parking arrangement with the University Place Parking Garage, located across from the Roosevelt Hotel, half a block from the Saenger across Canal Street. All ticket purchasers will have the opportunity to pre-pay for their parking while buying concert tickets through This option will provide the patron with a reserved space at the garage the day of the event. Parking at the University Place Parking Garage will cost $20, including all services fees.


Saenger Theatre
Originally built in 1927, the Saenger Theatre was designed to reflect a magnificent 15th century Italian courtyard and gardens, with a starlit evening sky ceiling, arched surroundings, statuary, columns and decorative moldings. In January 2012, the City of New Orleans, Canal Street Development Corporation (CSDC) and ACE Theatrical Group formed a public-private partnership to carry out a $52 million restoration project after the iconic theatre was severely damaged during Hurricane Katrina. The Saenger Theatre will reopen in fall 2013, authentically restored to the finest level of detail, with state-of-the-art technological improvements and updated first-class amenities. The theatre will host a wide variety of performing arts attractions including live theater, comedy shows and musical acts. The Saenger Theatre is located at the corner of Canal and North Rampart streets in downtown New Orleans and is on the National Register of Historic Places. Visit<> for more information.

Canal Street Development Corporation
In 1989, the former D. H. Holmes department store, parking garage and storage facilities were offered as a donation by the Dillard family to the City of New Orleans.  With a tremendous opportunity to reshape one of the most important areas of the city, the Canal Street Development Corporation was formed as a public benefit corporation to accept the donation consisting of nearly two square blocks bounded by Canal, Dauphine, Bienville and Bourbon Streets.  That property portfolio consists of a soon to be Hyatt Hotel, apartments, parking garage and a number of restaurants.  The Canal Street Development Corporation has also partnered with ACE Theatrical Group to restore and expand the historic arts venue.

ACE Theatrical Group
ACE Theatrical Group, LLC is a theatrical management and development company formed by entertainment industry veterans specializing in the design, development, construction and operation of first class, live performance venues throughout North America.  The company has a long history of working with municipalities, non-profit agencies and community groups to develop spectacular performance facilities with state-of-the-art improvements emphasizing patron comfort and artist's technical needs.

ACE Theatrical Group is based in Houston, TX, with offices in New York, San Antonio and New Orleans.  The principals have over 175 years combined experience and collectively have development and management credits in 35 theatrical venues in the United States and Canada, with 20 of those also including the design and construction of those projects. Visit for more information.