Shadowbox Live Halts INTO THE WOODS
Effective immediately, Shadowbox Live will discontinue its performance of Steven Sondheim's Into the Woods due to licensing issues with MTI. Shadowbox Live producers were contacted yesterday after MTI officials read reviews stating that the show had been trimmed to fit into the 2.5 hour Shadowbox show standard.
Shadowbox Live's producers were given the option of returning the show to it's 3+ hour length but have opted to close the show.
"Unfortunately, there are two key problems with a show of that length," says Katy Psenicka, Shadowbox Live Director of Operations. "First, a 3+ hour musical doesn't appeal to our audience, who has come to expect a lot of punch in a shorter production. Secondly, we perform two shows on Sundays, one at 2 PM and one at 7 PM. A performance that lasts more than three hours creates logistical problems for us and for our audience that would be very difficult to overcome."
Taking its place on Sundays February 23, March 2, and March 9 will be the acclaimed dance theater piece Madness & Lust.
"Many of our patrons have expressed how disappointed they felt with Madness & Lust only being shown on Wednesdays and Thursdays," says Julie Klein, Shadowbox Live Marketing Director. "This will allow more people to see this absolutely wonderful show."
Madness & Lust, Shadowbox Live's dance theater adaptation of Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights, opened last fall to rave audience reviews and critical acclaim alike, and earned a place on The Columbus Dispatch Top Ten Shows List of 2013. The piece is set to 20+ modern rock and pop songs performed live by Shadowbox live's vocalists and band. The song list includes such artists as Muse, Radiohead, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, NIN, Seal, Evanescence, Phil Collins and many more.
Shadowbox Live will honor all tickets already purchased. Patrons are encouraged to contact the Shadowbox Live box office for options to redeem at 614-416-7625.
Shadowbox Live is the largest resident theater company in America, producing over 400 shows per year.
A non-profit 501c3 performance troupe, Shadowbox Live employs 60+ full time ensemble members immersed in the Shadowbox Live philosophy of "everyone does everything," including arts administration.
These Shadowbox Live metaperformers self-produce a wide range of shows, as well as run the company on a day-to-day basis.
For over 20 years this creative team has produced world-class performances, spanning the artistic spectrum with sketch comedy, rock 'n 'roll, original rock operas, traditional musicals, drama, dance theater and new media; always putting emphasis on the unparalleled live experience.
Shadowbox Live is a healthy, vibrant, self-sustaining arts organization that generates the majority of its funding from its patron base, and leads the way as an artistic tour de force in Midwest.