Broadway theater to be built in North Bund

The new theater will be built in the area where local American-style shows, known as the "Oriental Broadway," originated in early last century.
Hongkou District / Ti Gong

An artistic rendition of a new opera house to be built in Hongkou.

A new Broadway-style opera house will be built in the North Bund area in Hongkou District, an official said on Tuesday.

The opera house theater has been planned on Dongdaming Road and brings "authentic Broadway performances" to local residents, said Yin Guangji, director with the Hongkou culture bureau.

The theater will be designed like a “shining pearl,” or “a pearl being placed inside a crystal box” in the Bund area, he added. It will have a total of 2,000 seats on three floors,  along with rehearsal halls, VIP receptions and lounges, Yin said. The construction schedule and opening time have yet to be revealed.

Dongdaming Road, where the theater has been planned, was formerly named Broadway Road because the street hosted Shanghai’s “oriental Broadway shows” early last century, according to the Hongkou government.

To make way for the construction, a nearby historic building — the former home of Nie Er, the composer of China's national anthem — will be moved.

Hongkou District / Ti Gong

The theatre will be designed like a “shining pearl,” or “a pearl being placed inside a crystal box” in the Bund area.

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