June 13, 1993 |
When Pasadena-based California Music Theatre collapsed early in 1992, the future of fully professional musical theater in that area looked bleak. But now two new series plan to fill the gap. First to start, next fall, will be a season of musicals at the former home of California Music Theatre, Pasadena Civic Auditorium. "Broadway at the Pasadena Civic" is a joint venture of a nonprofit producer--Theatre League Inc.
May 24, 1992 |
A post-mortem, please, from Gary Davis, who co-created and headed Pasadena-based California Music Theatre throughout its five-year-plus history. Beset by a debt that was close to $2 million, according to Davis, the organization folded last week. "We never had the cash to get the word out," Davis said last week. "We had a deficit from the day we opened our doors, and we were unable to get the revenue we needed for marketing. We were simply paralyzed by our payables."
May 16, 1992 |
Barring a last-minute miracle, Pasadena-based California Music Theatre will go out of business next week. The organization has a debt "well in excess of $1 million" and "an inability to refinance some of our debt," said Richard Fiedler, board chairman. "The last straw," he added, was a poorly attended and subscribed benefit last Saturday at the organization's home since last summer, the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena's Old Town.
December 9, 1991 |
A picket line paraded up and down the Yellow Brick Road over the weekend. A handful of Actors' Equity members carried signs and passed out fliers in front of the Raymond Theatre in Pasadena, where California Music Theatre was opening "The Wizard of Oz." "Tonight you will be seeing an amateur production," read a statement in the flier, "even though . . . you may have been led to believe this was a professional company."
July 4, 1991 |
California Music Theatre is moving to the Raymond Theatre in Old Pasadena, four blocks northwest of its former home at Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The new venue seats 1,910--approximately 1,000 fewer than the Pasadena Civic. Artistic director Gary Davis said actors will no longer have to wear body mikes at the new hall. Critics of CMT productions have often chided the Pasadena Civic's sound system and lack of intimacy.
January 25, 1991 |
Pasadena-based California Music Theatre must raise $250,000 by the end of February to open its season with "My Fair Lady" on March 6--and another $250,000 by March 30 in order to complete the season as scheduled, theater officials say. A long-running dispute with the Musicians Union and an unexpected pay raise for stage crews at Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which California Music Theatre rents for its productions, were cited as the reasons for a $186,000 shortfall from the planned budget.