First, I would like to change a misperception that seems to be running around in some circles. The Wall Street Theater was funded without a cent of money from the City of Norwalk. So referring to it in some way as a municipal responsibility is incorrect. The Wall Street Theater Company is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which is solely responsible for its profit and loss/success or failure. We receive no regular funding from anyone. Our performance is how we operate and nothing else. We welcome your support and donations when appropriate, but it is a business for the community.
As far as the show selection, the theater, very thankfully, is surging in attendance for which we thank all of you. Attendance by Norwalk residents has also surged as the misconceptions about Wall Street and the building begins to fade and people realize what a great neighborhood we have. Shows are generally selling out or getting close to sellout. Michael Carbonaro sold over 500 tickets on a Tuesday night! We also host Hillsong Church on Sundays, have community events ranging from Norwalk Neighborhood Associations to regional conferences on historic restoration.
We are not the Globe of the past, although we welcome those who bring out its spirit as we did Saturday with a heavily attended heavy metal show. Back then there was no FTC or Ridgefield or Capitol Theater in the state they are in today. We are in a different marketplace, and the bands that might have played the Globe have choices. Norwalk is different too, and the music scene is different. We are happy we are doing well in that market and you’ll see more and more great shows coming fast and furiously.
We always have room to improve, but there’s no reason to be down! Our goal is always to be not only a concert house, but a community resource. Through trial and error, we’ll get it 100% soon enough and we thank ALL of you for your patronage.
Frank Farricker is the developer of the Wall Street Theater.