Stories From The Colonial: Thank You For The Music

The show must go on is one of the most beloved, cherished and true phrases of show business. However, once in a while everything changes causing productions, either on Broadway or anywhere around the country, to cancel a performance. September 11th, 2001 was a day everything changed. Performances for productions were not only cancelled on Broadway, located in New York City just miles from the attacks, but around the country in regional theaters, touring venues and community playhouses. Yet in the aftermath of the tragedy, theatre was one of the driving forces to return our nation to a sense of normality. Performances resumed, people attended the shows and it seemed, life was going to keep moving forward. Almost 15 years after that day no one will ever forget, Boston’s Colonial Theatre shares how it found itself miles from the attacks in NYC but directly in the heart of returning life to what one could call normal. Today, Luner on Theatre continues its new series, Stories From The Colonial, created by Save The Colonial‘s story and photo features from Boston’s Colonial Theatre!


“I was Company Manager of Mamma Mia at the Colonial in September of 2001. We had canceled our September 11 performance due to the tragedy in New York City and out of respect for the citizens of Boston, but were slated to perform again on Wednesday evening, September 12. Even though some of the actors felt we should not be performing that night, I felt that if there was even only one person coming to see us to get some relief from all of the awful news, that it was our responsibility to get them a performance.

As the curtain went up, I walked to the back of the theater to see how the audience would react to our singing and dancing on stage. The first moments were unsurprisingly tense. Did we even have the right to laugh again? But the middle of the first act during the number “Dancing Queen,” you could feel the audience heave a collective sigh of relief and start to sway and sing along. Of so many moving evenings I’ve spent in a theater, that truly was one of the most memorable. The sadness was overwhelming, and yet we were able to enjoy the sheer happiness the show brought to that audience.

The Colonial is a historic theatre, but also just a place that has housed thousands of meaningful evenings.” – Rina L. Saltzman, Company Manager of An American in Paris On Broadway

Luner on Theatre will continue to share the new story and photo campaign recently launched by The Save The Colonial Group on our blog now titled; Stories From The Colonial! We’re looking forward to not only bringing you photos of this historic theatre but also first hand stories on the power of theatre ranging from celebration to consolation, such as the one above. Our fight to save Boston’s Colonial Theatre is still only beginning. Thank you to Save The Colonial for allowing us to share these stories and photos with our audience! Of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more! 


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