Wednesday September 27, 2006

Carnival Center for the Performing Arts opens

Carnival Center for the Performing Arts John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall

The Carnival Center for the Performing Arts Sanford And Dolores Ziff Opera House had its big opening night last night with the musical The Light in the Piazza. Michael Hardy was on the radio earlier in the day saying that part of what made it a good choice for the opening that it was relatively simple, technically—a good idea for the opening night of anything.

It sounds like everything went off without a hitch. In addition to the article, the Herald has a video, a slide show, and trotted out (hopefully for the last time) their crappy flash animation depicting the construction process.

The parking situation was hassle free, though I don’t think we’re out of the woods yet—this was only one of the houses, not even completely full (see the pic), and since it was an opening party, people arrived over an extended period, not in a big rush. Rave reviews for the hall itself, as well as for the outdoor and lobby artwork, though. Sounds like everything went very well!

Update: Right after I hit “post” came the review of the show from Christine Dolan: “And in the very first test of the new theater’s sound, from the orchestra-level seats, it wasn’t just good—it was superb. Near the end of the show, when an agitated Clara sits alone trying to sort out the truth of her life, as she smacks at her face and smoothes the flowing skirt of her dress, you hear the slap of skin-on-skin and the rustle of lacy fabric.” Yay!

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  1. Gus    Wed Sep 27, 10:14 AM #  

    Alesh, you say “It sounds like everything went off without a hitch”, but the Herald article does mention something about the cleanliness level of the first floor ladies restroom.

    Rumors are also starting to surface the champagne served at the opening night party was too bubbly.

  2. Coconut Grove Grapevine    Thu Sep 28, 03:40 PM #  

    “The Visionaries”? You mean the greedy land rapers and destroyers of quality of life.

  3. Tere    Mon Oct 2, 12:09 PM #  

    Driving by the other day, I noticed that the parking lot right across the street, on NE 2 Ave. (not the School Board one, but the one right next to it that’s basically rocks and dirt that have been steamrolled – there aren’t even any actual parking spaces) was charing $20 to park. Right. Across. the. Street.

    This has been my biggest beef with this project: they pour billions into it, but when it comes to parking, the attitude is “not our problem,” and patrons are left to fend for themselves. Same thing happened with the AAA Arena. Seems to me that – even if they had to charge a nominal fee – these big projects should include some actual, real parking plans.