By Tony time June 6, the host theater, the Gershwin, will have a whole new look, aimed at giving the almost 2,000-seat house a more intimate feel. When the theater opened in 1972, its color scheme ran to off-whites and gold. The light-colored walls, seats and carpeting gave it, well, an expansive look (that some have compared unfavorably to a large barn). The new color scheme involves darker hues, mostly in blues and grays. The new carpeting is blue and gold and the new seats are predominantly blue with flecks of lighter tones. James M. Nederlander, chairman of the Nederlander Organization, operator of the Gershwin, declined to say how much the makeover was costing, but called it "a real renovation job."
The theater, which has experienced long periods of darkness during its two-decade life, has brighter prospects for the 1993-'94 season. A touring production of "Camelot," starring Robert Goulet, is due June 21 for an eight-week run. The Gershwin is also to be home this fall to "The Red Shoes," a new musical by Jule Styne (music) and Marsha Norman (book and lyrics), based on the 1947 movie. Previews begin Oct. 21 for a Nov. 18 opening.