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Representative Pat Dillon (D-New Haven) testified before the legislature’s Commerce Committee in favor of legislation (HB 5014) that would authorize up to $3,450,000 in state bond funds for renovations and improvements to the Shubert Theater in New Haven. “New Haven – and Connecticut – have long been so important to the arts, that it's easy to take our legacy for granted,” Rep. Dillon told the committee. “Approaching its 100th birthday, the Shubert was just far enough from Broadway for tryouts and close enough so that companies could easily commute. Whether hosting Al Jolson, George M Cohan, Katherine Hepburn, James Earl Jones, or the musical ‘Oklahoma,’ in any history of American theater the Shubert played an essential, vibrant role. And it is still vibrant today.” Rep. Dillon noted the leaders of the City of New Haven determined over thirty years ago that the Shubert Theater was key to reviving the downtown. Today the Shubert generates jobs not only at the theater itself but throughout downtown shops and restaurants. Together with Long Wharf Theater, Yale Repertory Theater and others, it forms a hub of performing arts that continues to showcase new talent, and has a direct economic impact on the region. The legislation would fund repairs to the Shubert’s roof and masonry, and a mechanical upgrade, and do so in time to celebrate its 100th birthday. Shubert Theater Executive Director John Fisher told committee members, “The Shubert Theater will celebrate its 100th anniversary on December 11, 2014. Looking to the Shubert’s next 100 years, we envision a vibrant force for the performing arts in New Haven and the region, and as an economic cornerstone of downtown New Haven. In order to achieve our goals, significant upgrades and maintenance to the 100 year-old Shubert Theater building are needed.”

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