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Signature Theater opens next week

January 31, 2012 01:30PM

After years of negotiations and millions in financing from everyone from Barry Diller to Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the Signature Theatre will open next Tuesday, at 480 West 42nd Street, the New York Times reported.

The 70,000-square-foot complex was designed by Frank Gehry and has taken many years to come to fruition, including years of confusion when the institution planned to be in a proposed performing arts center near Ground Zero, and later when funding was scarce after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holding Company.

But with the help of actor Edward Norton, the theater has prevailed. The first performance will be of Athol Fugard’s “Blood Knot,” and the gleaming new complex includes a cafe, bookstore and three theaters. [NYT]