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In a couple of hours, as the sun is setting over the Mississippi River, the marquee of the Saenger Theater on Canal Street in New Orleans will be lit up for the first time since it was almost destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The 4000-seat Saenger, which opened in 1929 and has hosted countless traveling Broadway shows, concerts and comedy performances, is currently in the midst of a $38.8-million renovation/restoration project.

The first time I ever saw live theater was at the Saenger when I caught a performance of The King and I starring Yul Brynner in the 1980s. I remember bitching because my mom insisted that I wear a blue blazer because “people dress up when they go to the theater.” I look forward to “dressing up” and seeing more shows there in the future. The Saenger is set to re-open in 2011. |Times Picayune|