In the olden days, Frank Gehry "couldn't get a Big Apple commission off the ground" (in the words of Julie Iovine), but Gehry's now clocking in his third NYC project, this one for the Signature Theater Company set to open February 2012 in the Related Companies-backed Hell's Kitchen Mystery Tower. The theater occupies the first four floors at the base of the tower and has, so far, "only spent $6 million over the original $60 million cost." Some stats:
· It occupies an entire city block on 42nd Street between Dyer and 10th Avenue
· It is the largest non-profit performing arts center built in New York since Lincoln Center.
· The 70,000-square-foot space will contain three theaters of "different character and configurations," including a proscenium modeled after an opera house, a flexible courtyard space, and an end stage theater.
And straight from the horse's mouth, sayeth Gehry: "I wanted to create a space that celebrates and enhances the intimacy between the performer and the audience." Judge for yourself from the teeny, tiny model above—in the meantime, we'll be pestering our way into updated renderings.
· Gehry's Signature [A/N Blog]
· Signature Theater Company coverage [Curbed]