Barbra Streisand will lead the new Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center at the WTC

Barbra Streisand and the Ronald O. Perelman Center (credit: lifescript via Wikipedia and REX)

You can’t rain on her parade! Barbra Streisand has been named chairwoman of the long-delayed revealed Ronald O. Perelman Performing Arts Center Officials at the World Trade Center. Officals finally revealed renderings for the project today, which should open in 2020 and is estimated to cost $243 million to build.

This performing arts center is one of the last remaining pieces of the architect Daniel Libeskind’s original 2003 plan for the World Trade Center redevelopment. Perelman, a billionaire businessman, donated $75 million in June for the center’s construction.

A rehearsal room in the center (credit: REX)

These new plans were designed by the architecture firm REX, and are for a 90,000-square-foot space that will have three small theaters,  a cafe and public space in the lobby. The center will be cube-shaped, and wrapped in translucent marble enclosed in insulated glass, which will reflect light differently throughout the day.

“The performing arts connect us all and are such a vital part of New York City,” Streisand said in a statement. “The Perelman Center will vibrate with theater, music, dance, and film and bring life to this hallowed ground.” 

The center by day (credit: REX)
  • ragingagainst

    Lets hope Ms Streisand can keep a lid on the cost. In the snakepit that is the rebuilding of the WTC, 243 million can quickly become 4 billion.