Ryman Auditorium To Replace Historic Oak Stage
January 30, 2012 at 9:31 AM (PT)
The RYMAN AUDITORIUM in DOWNTOWN NASHVILLE has announced that it will replace its current oak stage, which has been in place since 1951, with a stage that will have improved durability and triple its load-bearing capacity. The oak stage has been played on by many music legends, including ELVIS PRESLEY, JOHNNY CASH, PATSY CLINE and LOUIS ARMSTRONG.
GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT SVP of Media/Entertainment STEVE BUCHANAN said, “The weak spots, dips and just the wear and tear of the shows that we’ve done over the last 18 years ultimately made it a necessity. Being able to (build) a stage that really meets the demands of current production values is really very critical.”
The stage will be performed on for the last time on FRIDAY (2/3) for the OPRY AT THE RYMAN CONCERT, featuring KEITH URBAN, OAK RIDGE BOYS, CHARLEY PRIDE and more. The new stage’s first show will be on FEBRRUARY 20th, when THE BAND PERRY is set to perform.
Wood from the current stage will be incorporated into an 18-inch-deep strip that will run lengthwise along the edge of the new stage.
Read more about the history and plans for the RYMAN AUDITORIUM stage from THE TENNESSEAN here.