February 4, 2010
Playhouse gets pledges The Pasadena Playhouse said Wednesday that it has received a number of monetary pledges since announcing last week that it would cease productions on its main stage Sunday. But it remains unclear how substantial those offers are and if they are enough to save the imperiled institution. Sheldon Epps, the theater's artistic director, said the amount of money pledged could not immediately be quantified. "We are grateful for them," he said. "The response has been very moving."
July 9, 2010 |
The Pasadena Playhouse announced Thursday that it has emerged from bankruptcy, having shed more than $1 million in debt, and will immediately make the intensive, sustained fundraising push needed to re-establish itself as a major theater company. A $1 million pledge from two anonymous donors has given the Playhouse the foothold it needs to mount a comeback production by October, artistic director Sheldon Epps said — the first since it closed in February, canceling the remaining five plays of its 2010 season and laying off a staff of about 30. "The most important thing is that the organization took some drastic necessary steps to get rid of this legacy of debt that has haunted us for many years," executive director Stephen Eich said.
July 20, 2010
Playhouse sets musical Having recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Pasadena Playhouse on Monday announced a partial lineup for late 2010 and early 2011. "Dangerous Beauty," a new musical based on the 1998 movie of the same name, will open at the theater in January. It tells the story of Veronica Franco, a celebrated poet in 16th century Venice who is forced to become a courtesan when her family fortune is lost. The Playhouse will host two holiday shows from other companies.
February 9, 2010
Playhouse goes dark The final curtain has come down at the Pasadena Playhouse -- for now. Sunday marked not only the last performance of "Camelot," the theater's current show, but also the closing of the historic theater as its leaders search for a way out of its money woes. It was announced in late January that the theater would halt productions on its main stage because of financial difficulties. The 90-year-old landmark is strapped for cash and faces more than $500,000 in immediate bills, as well as payments on more than $1.5 million in bank loans and other debts.
September 26, 2013 |
A moment in the second act of the Pasadena Playhouse's revival of “Smokey Joe's Café: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller” took me back to my teenaged years, when my brother strictly forbade me to sing any song he liked. Merely hearing a song in my voice, with its corny musical-theater inflection, could drain all the coolness out of it for him. For the entire first act of this musical revue, which ran on Broadway from 1995 to 2000, I was happily tapping my toes to songs both deeply familiar (“Kansas City,” “Poison Ivy,” “On Broadway”)
June 21, 2012
STAGE The Pasadena Playhouse presents "Jitney" by August Wilson. "Jitney" is the first play in the playwright's famous "Pittsburgh Cycle," which dramatizes life in his childhood neighborhood over the course of the 20th century. The play, which takes place in 1977 and focuses on the gentrification of the Hill District, is the winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award and an Olivier Award for best new play. The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave., Pasadena.