New Orleans officials celebrated a milestone in the restoration of the historic Saenger Theatre on Wednesday, and offered assurances that the iconic Canal Street venue was on schedule to open in the fall of 2013. In a midday ceremony, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other dignitaries signed their names on the final, steel beam for the Saenger’s expanded fly tower. A crane then lifted the bright yellow girder into place.
Cindy Connick, executive director of Canal Street Development Corp, said work on the theater would be completed before the season opener for Broadway in New Orleans. The popular series of touring shows launches its 2013-14 season on Oct. 15, with a production of “The Book of Mormon.” Broadway in New Orleans has staged shows at the Mahalia Jackson Theater for the Performing Arts in recent years.