Bedford Playhouse announced Thursday, March 22 that music producer Clive Davis pledged substantial support towards the capital campaign that is funding the transformation of its space into a vibrant, state of the art cultural center.
Davis, a five-time Grammy award winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member, is credited with discovering some of music’s biggest stars, including Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, Carlos Santana, Aerosmith, Billy Joel, Earth, Wind & Fire, Whitney Houston, and Alicia Keys.
The gift will establish the Clive Davis Arts Center at Bedford Playhouse. Within the Playhouse, the Davis Center will encompass all the arts programming offered beyond film, including music performances, theater, art exhibits, and stand-up comedy.
“Clive Davis is a living legend in the music industry,” said Chairman of the Board Sarah Long.
Founder John Farr said, “Beyond all the other benefits of Clive’s support and involvement, our ability to brand the Clive Davis Arts Center will help us convey that we’re not just a beautifully renovated movie house, but also a vibrant cultural center."
As part of this gift, the 40-seat theater off the cafe on the first floor will be named “The Clive Davis Theater." to be known as “The Clive."
A new, recently approved exterior sign outside the theater will read: “Bedford Playhouse, home of Clive Davis Arts Center.'
Davis said, “I am thrilled to support the creation of the new Playhouse and its new Arts Center. . . .I love this community and I strongly endorse the expanded mission of the Playhouse. This all seems like a perfect fit, and I can hardly wait for it to open!”
The Playhouse plans a partial opening later this spring.
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