Historic Citi Wang Theatre Hosts Choir and Orchestra
The Citi Wang Theatre in Boston is celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir is fortunate enough to be on its program of scheduled performers.
Known as The Metropolitan when it opened in 1925, the theatre has evolved from a grand movie palace and home to vaudeville musicals to a gorgeous venue for world-class theatre, music, and dance. If you have a few minutes to spare, take a look at this clip from the fascinating film made for the 75th anniversary of the theatre—it even includes footage from opening night!
Thanks to an extensive (and expensive) restoration project funded largely by the Wang family in 1983, those attending the Mormon Tabernacle Choir concert on July 6 may feel they’ve stepped back into the glory days of the Roaring Twenties. Reflecting the opulence of the times, the theatre itself was designed to emulate the Paris Opera House, and the Grand Lobby was based on the Palace of Versailles.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places—as is the Salt Lake Tabernacle, home to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra on Temple Square—the theatre holds a special place in the hearts of Bostonians. Many believe it is not possible to find more beautiful interior painting and marble stonework anywhere in the city.
But the Citi Wang Theatre isn’t only about architectural and artistic beauty. The grand concert hall holds an audience of 3,500, and the stage is the fifth largest in the country. Updated production facilities made the theatre one of only a few venues worldwide capable of handling the many technical and special effects of the hit musical, Miss Saigon. From any perspective, it’s a magnificent hall. Everything looks in place for the final performance of the Choir and Orchestra’s Atlantic Coast Tour to be one of the very best!