Construction issues could delay opening of historic Boston theater

The planned world premiere of 'Moulin Rouge! The Musical' could be in jeopardy.

A rendering of the Emerson Colonial Theatre.
A rendering of the Emerson Colonial Theatre. –Renderings courtesy of Ambassador Theatre Group/Elkus Manfredi Architects

BOSTON (AP) — A support beam at a historic theater under renovation in Boston has failed, potentially delaying the world premiere of “Moulin Rouge! The Musical.”

The Boston Globe reports a beam that supports a new steel grid above the stage at Emerson Colonial Theatre failed sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning.

Robert Jones, a spokesman for the operators of the Colonial, says the grid did not fall and the issue was “quickly contained.”

Jones says the grid holds up a system for the stage scenery and lighting among other production equipment. He says it was not related to the infrastructure of the theater.

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Jones says officials are still working to determine what the schedule implications are for “Moulin Rouge!” which was set to open June 27.

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Information from: The Boston Globe, http://www.bostonglobe.com

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