Mann Center to open new stage and lawn space

Posted on: July 5, 2012

In Thursday’s (7/5) Philadelphia Inquirer, Peter Dobrin writes, “Buoyed by the success of its expanding slate of pop acts, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts is adding a second stage. The Skyline Stage and Lawn, opening at the end of July with two concerts by ethereal Icelandic band Sigur Rós, perches on a newly annexed three or four acres of Fairmount Park leased to the Mann by the city. The patch of green, where listeners will stand, is larger than the current lawn; the stage is smaller and portable. The changes are in response to an evolving relationship between musicians and fans, says Mann president and CEO Catherine M. Cahill. … Mann leaders are finalizing other changes expected to be complete for the summer of 2013. The current lawn will be enlarged by eliminating some terrace seating and bringing the grassy semicircle closer to the edge of the theater. The current, often lonely sea of 4,800 green plastic seats will be removed, replaced with 2,000 new seats. This change has been talked about for well over a decade, since audiences tend to divide themselves between the covered (more expensive) seating, and the more casual (cheaper) lawn, popular with gourmand picnickers and young families introducing children to orchestral music.”

Posted July 5, 2012