After more than a year-long hiatus, The Lyric Theatre finally makes its season debut this month with a slew of exciting performances. “It has truly been a labor of love putting together this upcoming season,” says President and CEO Kia Fontaine. “We will be adding more performances, events, and experiences as the performing arts industry comes out of darkness.” With the reopening, guests will enjoy a newly renovated theater thanks to what Fontaine calls an “anonymous backstage angel waiting in the wings”—a gift of $500,000 that was donated to jumpstart the renovations.
As a result, she says, the Lyric will be outfitted with “the latest technology for the safety and comfort of patrons, volunteers, artists, and staff.” Among the repairs are a new roof, restoration of the marquees, upgraded air conditioning units with state-of-the-art air purification systems, new signage to replicate the historic “blade” sign of the Lyric’s past, and more. Comedian Tom Papa is scheduled to kick off the Lyric’s highly anticipated 2021-2022 season October 1.