Rachel York

Funding issues led to Reprise Theatre Company's failure to relaunch

Funding issues led to Reprise Theatre Company's failure to relaunch

For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles.

The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules.

But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding."

According to former staff members, donors and others with...

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