Thursday, February 12, 2009
Tomorrow Paul Simon will be the first person to grace the stage at the newly renovated Beacon Theater on New York's Upper West Side. The theater was designated a landmark in 1979. It seems to me that it was always in a halfway state of either repair or disrepair depending on how you look at it. The backstage areas were on different floors with little staircases that eventually lead outside or to the stage. I've seen many shows there, the last one was Marisa Monte. Whether it was Marissa or Los Lobos performing, the place always looked like it had too many coats of gold paint. From the looks of the photos in the NY Times slide show, the 7 month renovation has made the theater almost unrecognizable to me. It is gleaming in all it's original glory. I wonder if the backstage area got a face lift also?