May 24, 2016 at 9:00 am #1201840510
Nominated musicals and musical revivals traditionally get a spot to promote their shows with a song or two on the Tony Awards telecast every year. But it’s not free. Producers must pay for the expense of promoting their productions to a nationwide television audience.
So even though Los Angeles’ Deaf West Theatre’s limited run Broadway revival of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater’s SPRING AWAKENING was nominated as one of this season’s best, but they have to pay $200,000 for the costs of having the now-closed production featured on the June 12th telecast.
To that end, Deaf West, which is a non-profit theatre company, has set up a Kickstarter campaign to raise the money needed to fly the cast back to New York, get the costumes and instruments and props out of storage, pay for rehearsal space and pay for the television time.May 24, 2016 at 2:03 pm #1201840680
As a huge fan of the show I hope they succeed with this, but I’m confused as to why they started the crowdfunding so late. $200,000 isn’t impossible to raise, but to do it in 18 days is a pretty tall order.May 25, 2016 at 11:29 am #1201840957
Once I check my bank account balance I am planning on donating to this. They really deserve to perform! I thought the same thing Sam that it is kind of cutting it really close. They should have started this a week after the nominations or something.May 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm #1201840997
Just realized that the cut off date is June 11th…the day before the Tonys. So they are obviously making the call as to whether or not they’re performing way before the kickstarter ends. I’m assuming they are already getting things in motion and have committed to a slot and hoping to be reimbursed, otherwise the timing doesnt make sense.June 7, 2016 at 5:33 am #1201848096
So it looks like it is happening and they are just getting reimbursement money which is fine. I’m just over the moon that they are rehearsing and it seems like they’ll get their shot!June 7, 2016 at 7:47 am #1201848134
So it looks like it is happening and they are just getting reimbursement money which is fine. I’m just over the moon that they are rehearsing and it seems like they’ll get their shot!
I’m glad they get to perform, too! Truthfully, though, it is not “fine” that the money raised through the campaign is being used to reimburse Davenport because the whole foundation for raising this $200,000 was that without contributions from fans, they would not have the chance to perform on the broadcast – an outright lie.
The shows performing have to be set weeks before the broadcast, as does construction of sets, retrieval of costumes, travel for the cast, and rehearsal. Clearly the funds were put up weeks ago and Davenport merely hopes to defer his out of pocket expense and pass the burden onto fans.
And it would be one thing if this whole situation was outright stated, albeit a much less compelling narrative to elicit donations. I have read numerous accounts of people scrapping money together to support the cast and share the show with millions of viewers on the broadcast, completely unaware that the performance would happen regardless if they donated or not. Who needs that $50 more, Kyle or Ken Davenport? Especially when the performance would go on as planned with or without the individual contributions. The whole situation is unfortunately shady and unnecessary.
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.June 8, 2016 at 8:33 am #1201848452
The Kickstarter is still $35,000 short of the goal, but the Tonys just announced Spring Awakening will perform. For those donors who thought the Kickstarter was legitimate, Davenport has some ‘splaining to do:
Formerly known in the forums as PianoMann.