Annual Report: 2019-2020 Season

Dear Friends of the Shubert,

For more than 100 years, the Shubert Theatre has been the location for our community to come together and share the joy of the performing arts. We thank you for the support you have shown the Shubert over the years and especially during these extraordinary times. Your patronage and generosity have created a solid foundation for us to build upon as we plan for the future.

Although our season came to an abrupt and unexpected end as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to attract new audiences to New Haven and provided a positive economic impact to the City and the Greater New Haven region. We also continued our reputation as a preeminent house for touring Broadway productions by debuting new national tours for Jersey Boys and Dreamgirls. For both shows, the theatre was utilized to “tech” the show and rehearse the cast prior to the public performances. The magic of the Broadway season continued with audience favorite RENT, an all-new holiday presentation by The Illusionists and the memorable musical CATS, our last performance of the season.

We were delighted to add variety to our offerings with performances by acclaimed artists like Mandy Patinkin, The Four Italian Tenors and David Sedaris; a new live stage version of the popular Mystery Science Theater 3000; and shows to entertain our youngest audience members including The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, and a musical version of the popular Pinkalicious book series.

As they say in the theater, the show must go on and in our case that meant ONLINE!  We quickly pivoted from live and on-stage shows, to virtual performances for audiences to experience at home. Our signature fundraising event, Next Stop: New Haven led the way with our first-ever virtual fundraiser that quickly sold out. Our education department produced several online activities, story-times and tours for families to enjoy together.

View our "Year in Review" for video clips of all the great experiences we shared!

Although our “intermission” is much longer than we anticipated, we will continue to offer virtual content to enjoy from home until it is safe for us to welcome you back to the Shubert. Be sure to check our website at, look for announcements in our emails, and follow us on our social platforms for the latest updates.

On behalf of our board, staff and volunteers, we thank you for your continued confidence and support.  We look forward to being together at the theatre when the curtain rises again on our legendary stage. Until then, please stay safe and healthy.



John F. Fisher, Executive Director



Leonardo Suzio, Chair, Board of Directors

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