Fire damage forces Kentucky Center to cancel production of 'Waitress'
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Damage at the Kentucky Center from a fire last week will force the cancellation of the production of "Waitress."
Leslie Broecker, President of PNC Broadway in Louisville announced the cancellation in a statement:
"It's regrettable that the presentation of 'Waitress' must be cancelled, but safety is a priority.
"We appreciate all of the hard work that The Kentucky Center staff and contractors have done thus far, but because the venue must have more time to ensure the safety of our patrons, the engagement must be cancelled and we will unfortunately be unable to reschedule or relocate this production."
The commonwealth of Kentucky owns the Kentucky Center building on Main Street. And Secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet William Landrum said his office has been in contact with city leaders, insurance companies and contractors since the fire on June 13.
Landrum said his team is working to understand the fire, smoke and water damage to determine what needs to be done to get the center in shape. He said the flames were contained to the metal roof, which is supported by plywood and plaster. But the inside of the building was soaked by water from roughly three hours of sprinklers and fire hoses.
The front and back lobbies suffered major water damage. The Bomhard Theater was exposed to both water and smoke damage. And Whitney Hall, the largest theater at the center, suffered smoke damage.
Dressing rooms, offices, restrooms, control rooms and the basement all were drenched in water, Landrum said. He added that the HVAC system was also soaked by water along with all walls, carpet and insulation.
Electrical and structural engineers have checked security, elevators, plumbing, mechanical and other systems. But Landrum said there are are many unknowns. He said all plaster and drywall would have to removed in the building to inspect the barrel roof and other parts of the building.
Landrum said the commonwealth is insured for up to $1 million in damages and has outside insurance sources as well.
A meeting is planned with contractors and engineers to try to come up with a timeline to have the Kentucky Center operating.
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