The DuPont Theatre, one of the DuPont Hospitality properties, is proud to celebrate its 100th Season of show- stopping Broadway entertainment with an outstanding 2012-2013 show line-up and a year of unforgettable events.
A community-wide cake cutting ceremony took place in Rodney Square in Wilmington, Del. on Monday. DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman and community and civic leaders including, U.S. Sen. Tom Carper, and U.S. Congressman John Carney attended. In addition, Wilmington Mayor James Baker issued a proclamation to the DuPont Theatre recognizing the value that live theatre brings to the city and its residents.
“Here in Wilmington, the DuPont Theatre has been one very visible way we support our community in the areas of arts and entertainment,” said Ellen.
Cast members of the season opener, Elvis Lives, also performed hit songs by "The King" (Elvis Presley) during the ceremony.
"To be acknowledged as the oldest, continuously operating legitimate theatre in the nation is a privilege that we could not have achieved without the continued support of DuPont, theatre patrons, and loyal and dedicated staff,” said Lisa Bolten, director of Hospitality. “I'm very excited to be a part of this centennial celebration.”
During the season, patrons and theatre lovers are invited to participate in scheduled backstage tours to learn more about the DuPont Theatre.
“Regardless of changing economic or political climate, people will always turn to live theatre for entertainment because they love it,” said Annmarie O’Hara-Townsend, general manager, Hotel duPont and DuPont Theatre.
To commemorate this milestone, the Theatre has published a commemorative keepsake book, Images of America: DuPont Theatre, containing historic images, star photographs, and playbill covers complimented by behind-the-scenes stories that have contributed to the success of the DuPont Theatre.
The book is available for purchase nationwide through chain bookstores including Barnes and Noble and online at Amazon.com, as well as in the Hotel duPont gift shop.