SummerStage Will Have a New Feel This Season

When the R&B singer Emily King and the soul group Durand Jones & the Indications open the newly minted Capital One City Parks Foundation SummerStage festival in Central Park in June, they will be kicking off a new era in more ways than one.

First, the physical: SummerStage’s main venue has undergone a $5.5 million renovation, with a new stage, canopy, new LED screens, sound system, lighting and improvements away from the stage for both general audience members (raised bleacher seating) and those in the V.I.P. area (a new balcony).

Good news for musicians: SummerStage has also built new dressing rooms.

“It started with the need to replace the canopy on our stage,” the City Parks Foundation’s executive director, Heather Lubov, said in a phone interview.

“As we thought about it, we really thought the venue needed a refresh over all,” she said.

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