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...