“This ranking is a testament to the remarkable support Iowans have for professional theater,” said Jeff Chelesvig, Civic Center President and CEO. “Thanks to their patronage, the CivicCenter outranked theaters in cities with much higher populations - including London, England;Dublin, Ireland; and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.”
The Civic Center’s 2009 lineup included Broadway hits such as WICKED, SPRING AWAKENING and LEGALLY BLONDE, special events such as the Smart Talk Connected Conversations and sell-out concerts like James Taylor and A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. Shows on the 2010 schedule include DISNEY’S THE LION KING (now playing), JERSEY BOYS, AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY and RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN’S SOUTH PACIFIC.
Mexico City’s Auditorio Nacional theater ranked first in Pollstar’s annual listing, followed by New York City’s Radio City Music Hall in second place and Atlanta’s Fox Theatre in third place.