Wang Theatre 90th Anniversary
Celebrate 90 years of the Wang Theatre!
The Wang Theatre has been called by several names over the years. Originally conceived as the Capitol Hotel, it was re-imagined as a theatre when the investors ran out of money, and was later named The Metropolitan. On opening night, October 16, 1925, more than 20,000 New Englanders crowded Tremont Street hoping to be among the first to see what newspapers called the “marvel of the show world.” In 1962, it reopened as the Music Hall and welcomed ballet and concerts, but it wasn’t until 1983, when a life-changing gift from Dr. An Wang saved the theatre from certain demolition. The historic venue then became known as the Wang Theatre and is recognized as one of the most important cultural facilities in New England.
From now through October 2016, the history of the Wang Theatre will be celebrated through a calendar of exciting events. On October 16, the theatre held a free, public open house where hundreds of patrons had the opportunity to tour the theatre and share their favorite memories of the Wang. Two longtime supporters, Donna Brooks of Boston and Geraldine Sousa of Medford, each won a pair of tickets to every show at the Wang through the end of the current fiscal year, May 31, 2016. Additionally, Laura Davis from Millis and Liesl Trimnell from Jamaica Plain each won a box of ten tickets to three upcoming shows, ELF The Broadway Musical, Wizard of Oz, and Riverdance, to enjoy with their families.
Stay tuned for more 90th anniversary activities ranging from Broadway show excitement to conferences, seminars, arts advocacy, and more!