Tag: Mitchell Marcus

The death of the “serious musical”

At the end of last week, it was announced that the revival of Side Show would be closing on Broadway after 77 performances. Shows close all the time, of course, but this musical about conjoined twins received some of the best reviews of the season, hailed as “thrilling” and “electrifying” by The New York Times, and The Washington Post declared “Anyone not knocked out by this ravishing musical is hereby ordered to have their vital signs checked.”

Apparently, this acclaimed musical had been suffering from low sales. Even though the investors were prepared to continue running the show until Tony Award season (where they hoped it would pick up enough nods to boost demand), the musical’s landlord (Jujamcyn Theaters) threatened to invoke a “stop clause” in their rental agreement – reserved for situations where a show is not generating enough revenue, and the venue wants to make room for a new production. More

What is the Acting Up Stage Theatre Creators’ Reserve?

December 29 is an important date – not only because you only have two more days to hammer out your New Year’s Eve plans (before ultimately deciding to stay in with a stack of Broadway Cast Recordings and some champagne). It’s also the submission deadline for the first ever Acting Up Stage Company Creators’ Reserve, through the Ontario Arts Council!  We’re currently accepting proposals or artistic statements from composers, lyricists, and bookwriters (preferably teams consisting of all these roles) and requests for funding between $1,000 and $4,000 to develop their new musical theatre work.      
We can’t wait to read all the submissions! In the meantime, we chatted with Acting Up’s Artistic & Managing Director to get a bit of insight into the new program.  More

#ThrowbackThursday: Mitchell Marcus in Into the Woods

The Acting Up Stage office is bouncing off the walls today, before we see an advanced screening of the Rob Marshall blockbuster movie version of Into the Woods tonight! Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, and Johnny Depp are about to rock “Our Little World.” More