Whether its Broadway or beyond, theater is all raising the lettuce to put on a show. This week was a reminder that money, money, money makes the theater world go round.
Holly Golightly might want to hock some jewelry: A million-dollar investor has suddenly pulled out of the upcoming Broadway play version of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, according to The New York Times. The producers of the $4-million production with Emilia Clarke in the lead, have regained some of the lost cash, but are hurrying to land the remaining investment immediately, or the production may be at risk. It’s Rebecca rebooted!
Rehearsals are scheduled to start February 4 and performances on March 4.
OUT OF AFRICA
Another show seeking funds is Beau Hopkins‘ The River and the Mountain, the gay-themed play that, after it was performed in Uganda, saw its producer imprisoned and its actors facing political persecution.
Sarah Imes Borden, a theater professor from the University of Nebraska, hopes to stage the play in America, along with its original lead actor, Okuyo Joel Atiku “Prynce.” A Kickstarter campaign has been started to raise funds for a reading in Washington, DC.
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The Tectonic Theater Project reached its fundraising goal to stage The Laramie Project and The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later in repertory at BAM in February, thanks to a generous $100,000 gift from Steve and Rosemarie Johnson. The donation was important to Steve, whose gay brother died last year in Australia. Although his brother’s death has been officially deemed a suicide, the case was reopened last summer due to similar murders of gay men around the time.
Johnson has been working tirelessly to uncover the truth about what happened to his brother: “The Laramie Project is especially close to our hearts,” he says “as a passionate statement against homophobia, prejudice, and hate crimes of any kind.”
SEASONS OF LEVINE
Tattooed rocker Adam Levine did a bang up job on the weekend’s Saturday Night Live. Now you can catch his openly gay brother Michael (right) in a new production of Rent, that musical of young, poor New Yorkers scrambling for money. Michael plays a variety of supporting characters and is understudying for Mark, in a production by L.A.’s Flash Theater.
Word from the West Coast is the show is one hot ticket.