Theater

How crowdfunding made this Vancouver production a reality

A Vancouver restaurant, pre-theatre crowd. A mother and daughter, dining on Middle Eastern food, deep in discussion. Daughter: “Mom, you should direct a production of Chekhov’s Three Sisters. So who can we persuade in town to hire you to do that?” Mother: “Nobody, because Vancouver isn’t doing the classics any more. So forget it. I’m too old. I’m not self-producing any more. I’ve done too many co-ops and I can’t ask these people who earn their living in the theatre to do this for nothing and put up their own money.” Daughter (reluctant, but still enthusiastic):…

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Crowdfunding makes its way to Broadway

When Jeff Bowen’s off-Broadway musical “Now. Here. This.” closed last year, he and his collaborators were left with some great things — plenty of good reviews, some new fans and memories. That was great, but what they really wanted was a cast album. A recording would be both a great marketing tool and a souvenir. But “Now. Here. This.” wasn’t a blockbuster Broadway show, and it had already ended its run. Major record labels weren’t exactly beating a path to his door to get it recorded. So Bowen, who starred in the show as well as…

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