In 2005, the historic Saenger Theatre was severely damaged by Hurricane Katrina, like so much of New Orleans. But this gorgeous house, built in 1927, is ready to begin a new chapter: After a $52 million renovation, the Saenger reopened on September 27 with a performance by comedian Jerry Seinfeld, followed by an opening gala featuring Tony Award winner Kristin Chenoweth. Now, the so-called “Crown Jewel of Canal Street” is set to begin a new Broadway season on October 15 with the Tony Award-winning Book of Mormon. Before heading to the venue, masterfully redesigned by architect Gary Martinez, check out this handy cheat sheet of everything you’ll see on your visit—Saenger by the numbers!
6,787: Light bulbs in the theater’s exterior signs.
5,677: Square footage of the new stage house floor.
5,612: Yards of customized, historically replicated carpet.
2,613: Total audience seats.
658: Fiber optic stars illuminating the auditorium ceiling.
370: Crystals found on each of the house’s four large chandeliers.
110: Tons of steel in the new stage house.
87: Dressing room stations.
14: Restrooms (8 women’s, 6 men’s), increasing restroom capacity by 60 percent with 103 total restroom fixtures.
11: Bars located throughout the lobbies, arcade and VIP lounge.