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Well, it seems I can't just copy paste URL's for some reason, but Mark Schlueb of the OS reported the brise soleil will be saved. Patty Sheehan has pledged a $70k budget to dismantle, truck/store, and re-install in some yet to be determined manner.

 

They had a pic of the original two story version.

 

 

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Inspired by your comment, I did a little trespassing myself. Amazing the access a high-vis vest and hard hat can get you.   First is The Green Room. Originally a rehearsal hall and event space, t

Just stumbled on these via a Google Image search for Steinmetz Hall:

A couple updated shots of Steinmetz Hall coming out of the ground.    This is the hall it self, the yellow forms being the envelope, the first vertical wall with snow fencing being where

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I'll never understand why so many people hate this building so much. If I understand correctly; Winnie Palmer = good, American Federal Building = fugly? I would love to see it gutted and repurposed, maybe turn it into a restaurant with a rotating floor with tall glass ceilings.

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I'll never understand why so many people hate this building so much. If I understand correctly; Winnie Palmer = good, American Federal Building = fugly? I would love to see it gutted and repurposed, maybe turn it into a restaurant with a rotating floor with tall glass ceilings.

 

My problem was never the original building - it was perfect for its site and the times. What I always found hideous was how the addition of the upper floors was done on the cheap in the 70's: not only did the dark glass not match the initial structure, but the roof (and the signage) were all of a quality one might have expected on a 7-Eleven. It was quite obvious that one part was done by architects interested in quality while the other was done simply on the basis of cost. 

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I attached some photos from yesterday "private" tour that I won from that art contest several months ago. Cant figure how to insert photos on here anymore. From the photos, its hard to believe Phase 1 will be completed by November. The stages and seating look pretty awesome, but unfortunately my battery died. I think 150 ft  is the maximum distance from the farthest seats to the stage. The tour guide repeatedly emphasizes how this art center is "for the people", transparent for all, and that the focal point is the 300 ppl capacity Pugh stage dedicating to local artists.

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I don't mind the design, but I think it will look weird until it's finished and I have a terrible feeling that Phase 2 is never going to happen.  The real shame in that is that fewer shows in the building will keep it and the area around it from blossoming the way we all want it to.  During events, the area around the Amway Center is bustling, but when the building is dark obvisouly the foot traffic disappears.  I think they've been doing a good job keeping the Amway Center busy (thanks to the Solar Bears concerts/shows in addition to the Magic).  The second phase of DPAC adds the symphony and ballet performances to the traveling and local shows in the other theaters.  I'm afraid that without the adiditnal performances the area will feel empty too frequently to spur any further development or suppor the hotels/resturants nearby. 

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Its not as if the current Bob Carr schedule is going to be spread between the Carr and the DPAC. I believe there will be as much activity at the DPAC as there is at the Carr. Possibly more audience days. Part of the model is more Broadway days per year than now, so instead of some shows doing a week, they'll do two assuming they think they have an audience. Jersey Boys could probably sit down for a month, and Book of Mormon might be able to do two. The most expensive week for a touring show is the week it loads in, second most is when it loads out, and its really expensive when that is the same week, so producers have an incentive to stay put. And the DPAC folks know a dark theater means no revenue, they'll be filling up all possible dates with concerts and comics. There is all sorts of negotiating that goes on so that the local arts can get in edge-wise. The ballet lost out the year Lion King sat during the OB's usual Nutcracker dates and they scrambled to find a venue. If you look at the Orlando Venues calendar and realize those weeks where there are Arena events when there are broadway shows, it'll be like the crush of humanity it was when the O-rena was next to the Carr. Except it'll be spread over downtown rather than spread over the huge surface lots of yesteryear. True it won't be the mega-insanity of a Broadway show, a Magic game, a pre-season City soccer game, and a OPO concert when Phase II opens up, but that OPO concert will be a train stop away for a few years. 45,000 attendees. I think there is reason to be a tad bit excited.

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Nope. Orlando City "Venues" gives up control of the Carr next season. DPAC takes over operations using the Carr as a "do-fer" for Phase II. Depending on when the Disney Theater is able to host the scheduled Broadway shows (they say what? Nov. 6th?) the Carr will still host the Broadway dates until the new theater can. What does this mean for local arts? [Organ sting]. 

 

The (Skittles flavor) and (mythical beast) scenario says Phase II will be open for the 2017 season. At that time Ulster gets to decide if tearing down a working 2400 seat theater renovated last in 1996 to present Phantom of the Opera in order to build a parking garage is the most creative use idea or not. This from a very interesting but under-reported change in the City agreement covering the Creative Village. Smart money says 2017 is a bit shy of the mark. Whether any of Creative Village is out of the ground by then appears open to discussion as well. Bu-dum-pum.

 

Personally, I say any 'real' city worth it's salt should be able to support the Carr and the finished DPAC, programming-wise. The only question is if we get there by 2020 or so. (That being the date of my optimist friends for the redundancy of Dead Bob's coming into question.)

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Nope. Orlando City "Venues" gives up control of the Carr next season. DPAC takes over operations using the Carr as a "do-fer" for Phase II. Depending on when the Disney Theater is able to host the scheduled Broadway shows (they say what? Nov. 6th?) the Carr will still host the Broadway dates until the new theater can. What does this mean for local arts? [Organ sting]. 

 

The (Skittles flavor) and (mythical beast) scenario says Phase II will be open for the 2017 season. At that time Ulster gets to decide if tearing down a working 2400 seat theater renovated last in 1996 to present Phantom of the Opera in order to build a parking garage is the most creative use idea or not. This from a very interesting but under-reported change in the City agreement covering the Creative Village. Smart money says 2017 is a bit shy of the mark. Whether any of Creative Village is out of the ground by then appears open to discussion as well. Bu-dum-pum.

 

Personally, I say any 'real' city worth it's salt should be able to support the Carr and the finished DPAC, programming-wise. The only question is if we get there by 2020 or so. (That being the date of my optimist friends for the redundancy of Dead Bob's coming into question.)

 

Given the 50+ million people who visit Orlando precisely to be entertained by noisy, colorful spectacles, it's always amazed me that no one is bringing the big productions from Broadway and Shaftesbury to Orlandotown for longer engagements.  They're doing it with increasing frequency to Vegas; perhaps Bob Carr could be used for mounting massive, expensive engagements that could become attractions on to themselves?  Someone call Cameron Mackintosh!

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Its not as if the current Bob Carr schedule is going to be spread between the Carr and the DPAC. I believe there will be as much activity at the DPAC as there is at the Carr. Possibly more audience days. Part of the model is more Broadway days per year than now, so instead of some shows doing a week, they'll do two assuming they think they have an audience. Jersey Boys could probably sit down for a month, and Book of Mormon might be able to do two. The most expensive week for a touring show is the week it loads in, second most is when it loads out, and its really expensive when that is the same week, so producers have an incentive to stay put. And the DPAC folks know a dark theater means no revenue, they'll be filling up all possible dates with concerts and comics. There is all sorts of negotiating that goes on so that the local arts can get in edge-wise. The ballet lost out the year Lion King sat during the OB's usual Nutcracker dates and they scrambled to find a venue. If you look at the Orlando Venues calendar and realize those weeks where there are Arena events when there are broadway shows, it'll be like the crush of humanity it was when the O-rena was next to the Carr. Except it'll be spread over downtown rather than spread over the huge surface lots of yesteryear. True it won't be the mega-insanity of a Broadway show, a Magic game, a pre-season City soccer game, and a OPO concert when Phase II opens up, but that OPO concert will be a train stop away for a few years. 45,000 attendees. I think there is reason to be a tad bit excited.

Won't the OPO and Ballet still be at the Bob Carr until phase 2 is finished?  I guess that's what I meant.  I do believe central florida can support longer runs for touring shows...I wouldn't worry about the sound of a storm - the building is hugging an expressway, if they can keep that noise out they can keep out the rain.  Personally, I really like how it is looking now that it's glassed up.  Just wish the whole thing was getting completed (I'll believe in Phase 2 when I see ground moving)

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Yes Universe_Explorer,  OB and OPO at Carr for the foreseeable future. I thought the main thrust though was about foot-traffic through the week.

 

I agree jliv. We have that Cirque tent. I would think if they did it, though, it would be a separate theater, or theaters on their property. Of course a one day park ticket is less expensive than a decent seat in either a West End or Broadway show.

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Yes Universe_Explorer,  OB and OPO at Carr for the foreseeable future. I thought the main thrust though was about foot-traffic through the week.

 

I agree jliv. We have that Cirque tent. I would think if they did it, though, it would be a separate theater, or theaters on their property. Of course a one day park ticket is less expensive than a decent seat in either a West End or Broadway show.

 

I'm not talking about Henrik Ibsen or David Mamet, but maybe another installation of "Wicked" or "Les Miserables".  My suspicions are the families who spend thousands of dollars on their vacations in Florida would be attracted to shows like these, as they are in New York or London.

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^^ But we'd more likely get Disney Theatrical, if anyone at all other than long sit-downs of touring shows ala Toronto, San Fran, etc. (Too costly to mount a show just for here.) In New York and London its not just the show but who's in the cast and the orchestra size with scenery built to stay, not to get loaded on trucks, and feel the excitement of the most amazing theater districts in the world. Best we could get I would think is an install of Beauty and the Beast or such-like while it is in hiatus from the road or a defunct 2nd National tour of something.

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