HISTORIC SHUBERT THEATER CELEBRATES ITS 99TH ANNIVERSARY; THE CITY OF NEW HAVEN OFFICIALLY TRANSFERS OWNERSHIP TO THE CONNECTICUT ASSOCIATION FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS (CAPA)
(12/11/2013) Today, on the 99th anniversary of the Shubert Theater’s opening in New Haven, Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. officially signed ownership of the theater over to the Connecticut Association for the Performing Arts (CAPA), the not-for-profit organization which has operated the theater for the City since 2001.
“The Shubert Theater has been an important cultural attraction in New Haven since it opened its doors in 1914 and continues to draw over one hundred thousand visitors annually and generate a significant economic impact for the city,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr. “CAPA has proven itself to be a highly capable theater management company and I am confident that under their ownership the Shubert will continue to flourish and be a cultural leader in our city for the next 100 years.”
Having opened in 1914, the Shubert earned the title of “Birthplace of the Nation’s Greatest Hits” by staging over 600 pre-Broadway tryouts, including over 300 world premieres and 50 American premieres. From its original mission as a Broadway tryout house, the theater has evolved into a not-for-profit, community resource that serves as the heartbeat of the region’s cultural life. In addition to the Broadway offerings and performances of dance, popular music and family entertainment, the Shubert Theater provides comprehensive education and outreach programs, fulfilling its mission to make the best of the performing arts available to the community.
CAPA is a vital partner in the arts community and provides ticketing, marketing, production and other services to many arts and community organizations, including the New Haven Board of Education, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, Yale University, Market New Haven and the New Haven Ballet.
Each year, CAPA serves thousands of school children, families and senior citizens throughout the New Haven Region by providing in-school programs and community ticketing initiatives. Their management of school performance spaces, like the theaters at Coop High School, provide invaluable theater experience to our young people As part of its expanded programming initiative, the Shubert has hosted a variety of popular concert artists and comedians including Josh Groban, Grammy Award-winning Latin superstar Gilberto Santa Rosa, and John Oliver from Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Each of these unique performances attracted new, diverse audiences to the theater and restaurants in New Haven’s downtown entertainment neighborhood.
The Shubert Theater currently brings in close to $5 million in ticket revenue annually and, according to a study by Quinnipiac University, generates a $20 million economic impact for the City.
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