Howard Theatre Renovated and Reopening

The landmark theatre in northwest Washington will reopen on April 9

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton and Mayor Vincent Gray are scheduled to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Howard Theatre on April 9 that includes a community day.

Howard Theatre will be open to the public, offering live entertainment, tours and an unveiling of a Duke Ellington statue nearby.

The landmark theater at 620 T St. NW once helped launched the careers of Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye. It opened as a first-of-its-kind showcase for black artists in 1910, but has been closed since the 1980s.

Now the 100-year-old space will celebrate its reopening with a star-studded lineup. The restoration has been underway since September 2010.

Highlights of the new Howard's schedule include:

  • Wale, April 9
  • Comedian Wanda Sykes, April 13-15
  • The Roots, April 15-16
  • Bad Brains and GZA, April 20
  • Chuck Brown, April 21
  • Chuch Berry, April 28
  • Chaka Khan, May 5
  • Esperanza Spalding, May 12
  • Jerry Lee Lewis, May 18

Most ticket prices for shows fall at $35 or under, although certain events will be more -- for instance, Chaka Khan ($75), the Roots ($55) and Wanda Sykes ($95). Tickets will be available online beginning Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. online here.

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