We won’t really know what to think about the Cosmopolitan’s new music hall until we get inside for a show, but Monday’s media tour confirmed a few things:
1. It’s nothing like the old Chelsea, which is to say it feels designed specifically for its stated purpose, not like a ballroom retrofitted for live music.
2. The sight lines are outta sight; whether you’re standing on the floor, in a comfy chair one level up or in the balcony/bar area up top, you’ve got a primo view of the stage.
3. There are loads of neat touches, from a Cosmo lobby-nodding digital column in the entryway to the theater-throwback staircase and chandelier on the ground floor to the welcoming lounge area upstairs.
What we still don’t know, post-tour:
1. What sorts of acts will feel right inside. Of the acts announced so far, Bruno Mars and Childish Gambino seem to match the room’s sleek vibe more than Eric Church, but it’s good to see bookers are willing to experiment.
2. Whether the Chelsea will bring new acts to town. Given the track record of Cosmo’s Book & Stage and the Boulevard Pool there’s no reason to think it won’t, plus we’ve been told artists that can’t fill the 3,000-capacity space will still be booked, in the interest of tastemaking.
3. What it sounds like in there. Duh.