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May 20, 2013


Johnny Carson Theater receives $570,000 donation to finance renovations

Posted: Friday, April 26, 2013 11:46 am | Updated: 12:01 pm, Fri Apr 26, 2013.

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A $571,500 John W. Carson Foundation donation will finance renovations to the 23-year-old Johnny Carson Theater at the Lied Center for the Performing Arts.

Lied Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln officials announced the upcoming renovations, which will begin July 2014 and conclude in October 2014, at a special event at the theater Friday morning.

“These renovations will transform the Johnny Carson Theater into a world-class venue in every aspect,” Lied Center Executive Director William Stephan said.

The black box theater, located on the west side of the Lied Center, seats 250 and is used for smaller performances, rehearsals and receptions. Renovations will enhance the theater’s entrance, replace the stage floors, double the size of the lobby, update the restrooms and create a special tribute to Johnny Carson.

Construction will be completed in time for the theater’s 25th anniversary season.

“We can think of no better way to honor Johnny Carson,” Stephan said.

At Friday’s announcement event, UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman called Carson “one of our own and one of the best of our own.”

Carson, a 1949 UNL alumnus and famed TV host and comedian, has gifted millions of dollars to the university for the performing arts as well as broadcast journalism. The philanthropic efforts of his estate have funded the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film, which was renamed in his honor, renovated the Temple Building and provided scholarships for performing arts students.

“We cannot thank the John W. Carson Foundation Board of Directors enough for this incredible gift. For this incredible investment,” said Joe Selig, senior vice president of the University of Nebraska Foundation. “And thank you, Johnny.”

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