2011 Year In Review

Posted 29 December 2011 12:00 AM by Citi

As the Rockettes pack up the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the New Year approaches, it’s tradition to take stock of the last year. For Citi Performing Arts Center, 2011 brought all-star performances on our historic stages and on Boston streets. Here are our Top 11 Moments of 2011—add your own in the comments! Boston Globe critics listed Paul Simon and Sting in their Top Concerts of 2011—with very good reason: these legends had the entire house on their feet.

Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre was named best performing arts venue in Boston by Boston.com’s A-List for the second year in a row—we’re especially proud because this honor came directly from Boston.com readers!

Citi Performing Arts Center received a prestigious Kresge Foundation grant, ensuring that our theatres remain as vibrant today as they did on opening night decades ago.

Our very own Director of Concert Marketing was named one of Improper Bostonian’s Most Eligible.

Citi Performing Arts Center’s strategy received a stamp of approval when the organization was inducted into the Palladium Balanced Scorecard Hall of Fame for Executing Strategy.

Elvis Costello played matchmaker for an onstage proposal.

Jimmy Nguyen proved just how important the arts are when his experience in the City Spotlights Leadership Program was highlighted on the front page of the Boston Globe.

The Citi Shubert Theatre went under the knife (or crane, in this case), enduring a complete facelift, to restore its historic stone façade.

City Spotlights Leaders took theatre to the streets this summer—the teens reached over 11,000 Bostonians through their 131 empowering performances across Boston.

The Addams Family Gala (and guests’ creepy couture) took our breath away.

Citi Center added Emerson College to its growing list of partners, by pledging to reopen and operate the Colonial Theatre—stay tuned for its upcoming adventures in 2012!

Staff also weighed in to share their most memorable moments:

Cara - Paul Simon was AMAZING! John Mellencamp and Neil Young Rocked the house. After that, best moments were receiving the Kresge and Cultural Facilities grant awards.

Ron - Sting performing Message in a Bottle as an encore with one guitar and a spotlight. Unbelievable.

Radio City’s toy soldier routine – there’s a reason why that routine has been in the program for decades; a neat tradition (in my opinion).

Nicole - Seeing Tony Bennett sing “I Wanna Be Around.” A favorite of mine, since it was on the Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil soundtrack.

Julie – I brought in Wallace for bring your dog to work day, and he immediately felt at home.

Travis –

[Photo by Travis Farrenkopf]

I was out sick when Elizabeth Taylor passed away. Anne called me frantically hoping to get something up on the Wang Theatre marquee in tribute, as Liz Taylor played on our stage. I pulled out my laptop, produced the creative and posted it to the Marquee and then flipped on the TV to see it there live – all without leaving my couch! Several news crews ended up coming to shoot our marquee and the footage got played on the evening and early morning news. Not bad for a sick day.

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