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Wall Street Theater attendance is surging

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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

 

Frank Farricker is the developer of the Wall Street Theater.

20 comments

Jason Milligan March 17, 2019 at 7:12 am

Great job Frank!

When you have an event it breathes life into the whole area.

Keep it up.

JP. Joe March 17, 2019 at 7:59 am

This is a big step forward for Wall Street. After all there is hope for our city which is what we all need desperately.

Nancy McGuire March 17, 2019 at 8:35 am

Hundreds of People on the Street last night. The restaurants were filled. Pontos, where we ate dinner, had a line waiting for a table. Well done Frank and Suzanne! What a fun show! Looking forward to more!

Marija Bryant March 17, 2019 at 9:01 am

as Norwalk Preservation Trust, we’ve held events there and as citizens of Norwalk we’ve attended shows and other community events. It’s a great plus for the area and getting better all the time. When there are events, it builds life on the street…all good.

AL March 17, 2019 at 9:33 am

Let’s see. How much did you get from Malloy’s DECD? Five million dollars of state bonded debt rings a bell.
How much did you beat contractors for?
What happened with your cush job at Ct. Lottery,Frank?
Sorry Frank. Your “trial and error” business approach is about as plausible as your empty rhetoric.
Save it for suckers buying overpriced Greenwich real estate.

Chuck Presbury March 17, 2019 at 10:07 am

The theater is a growing gem for Norwalk. We just saw Michael Carbonaro there. Bringing entertainment.culture and vibrancy to part of the City. Keep up the great work!

EnoPride March 17, 2019 at 11:29 am

What a great venue which contributes so much to the vitality of the area and brings our community together. Mr. Farricker, as you are a supporter of the performing arts, I wish there was a way you could advocate for Garden Cinema and make a case for an arts and culture enclave with more to scale buildings for businesses to encourage foot traffic in place of that POKO monster. Maybe City Hall will listen to you. There are many, many residents who would be onboard with a proposal such as this. The buzz at Wall Street Theater, alongside appropriately designed to scale surroundings, could be a catalyst for a newly branded Garden Cinema. What are your thoughts on the fate of Garden Cinema? What are your thoughts on POKO? Just curious…

John Levin March 17, 2019 at 11:48 am

This is an excellent letter. Thank you.

I did not attend the Michael Carbonaro show, but I have seen his television series, The Carbonaro Effect. I recognize this show is meant to be fun and humorous entertainment, and generally I seek to be the chief promoter of both of those things. However, often when I view the TV show through a social justice lens, I am horrified, and I see a “white male privilege effect”. I don’t wish to distract this discussion, but anyone is welcome to contact me directly – [email protected].

Diane Lauricella March 17, 2019 at 12:49 pm

The revival of the Wall Street Theater is a plus for the Wall Street area and the City as a whole.
@Enopride I agree that we need to help keep a discussion going about the future of the Garden Theater NOW, not when there are bulldozers at their door…

When the Theater was under renovation,there were big bumps in the road that will I hope serve as a lesson and not be repeated here and elsewhere (not paying contractors as one example) but its success will create much more good than harm.

I am glad Frank wrote this letter in order to clear up some of the misinformation however, there was major public money involved bigtime in order to help this theater become a reality and there were numerous hours that public citizens and officials contributed to help make this happen that should also not be discounted or unrecognized.

Going forward, by keeping the public engaged, on the Board of Directors and reflected in their donor list, this Theater will continue to shine on Wall Street!

Paul Lanning March 17, 2019 at 12:56 pm

Mr. Farricker, you desperately need to hire an experienced professional who will work with major concert promoters to fill the theater’s seats ongoing.

An occasional itinerant classic rock band or r&b star or cabaret icon will draw a crowd.. But the balance of the theater’s showcard–tribute bands and amateur shows–doesn’t fulfill the potential.

The theater is poised to present hot current attractions to large audiences on multiple nights of the week, and you need someone who knows how to make that happen.

AL March 17, 2019 at 1:19 pm

I hope Frank offered free tickets to Patriot Bank. They were owed $8.8 million,or more. Morganti was owed $3.6 million and may have gotten back $2.4 million, from insurance. “Small” contractorsw received 10% of what they were owed…did they get some free ducats?
Meanwhile Frank pulled in $10,000 a month for “developer fees” while everyone else got to enjoy the “bumps in the road”.
And the $5 million that the taxpayers of Connecticut had “invested” for them by Malloy’s DECD? Ask Bob Duff…nothing spends like public money.
Free tickets for all!! When it works for Norwalk, it works for us all!!
Keep up the excellent work Frank but don’t quit your day job.

Mitch Adis March 17, 2019 at 5:11 pm

@John Levin. Wow! Talk about looking for a controversy! What a stretch. Michael Carbonaro is one of the only shows on TV that the entire family can watch without worry of some inappropriate content. Do us all a favor turn the channel.

Joe Delia March 18, 2019 at 10:08 am

Very glad to hear that the Wall Street Theater attendance is surging, and hopefully that means the venue will thrive. I have attended several shows in the past few months (Sister Hazel, Blue Oyster Cult, Michael Carbonaro, Marshall Tucker Band) and had a great experience every time! I like the fact that there are no memberships avaialable, as it affords everyone the same opportunity to purchase tickets. More often than not, tickets to the better shows at the Ridgefield Playhouse are immediately snapped up by members with purchasing priority, leaving only the less desired seats, if any, for the general public.

Frank Farricker March 18, 2019 at 11:10 am

Thank you everyone for your kind comments and we look forward to seeing all of you there again soon. I must especially thank Diane Lauricella for her comment regarding the community. There is no way that we could have made it to where we are now without help along the years by members of the community who believed in us, some directly and some anonymously. Thank you all.

Another comment was brought up that is a misconception from some incorrect reporting by the Norwalk Hour. The Wall Street Theater resolved all its issues with contractors, many of whom we continue to work with. We have a strong and partnership-oriented relationship with Patriot Bank. We are happy and healthy financially and ready to serve Norwalk

Paul Lanning March 18, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Dear Mr. Farricker,

With all due respect, I say that your events calendar is lame for a 1,000 capacity venue in a prime demographic location.

Why don’t you hire an experienced professional house booker who would negotiate with major talent agencies/concert promoters to secure attractions that would fill the house 3 or 4 nights each week?

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