Atlanta's Theater of the Stars Cancels Anything Goes; Fundraising Efforts Will Continue

By Michael Gioia
and Adam Hetrick
July 19, 2013

Atlanta's Theater of the Stars, the non-profit Georgia company that has offered 60 seasons of theatrical programming and recently revealed that it was in danger of closing its doors due to financial hardships, has canceled its August production of Anything Goes because it did not reach its initial fundraising goal of $500,000 by July 12. Fundraising, however, will continue.



As previously reported, the company also canceled its August production of Dreamgirls, which was scheduled to star Tony winner Jennifer Holliday, but the new leadership of the organization is "working very hard to produce The Little Mermaid and to save the remainder of the season."

The theatre company did secure $330,000, and a significant portion was donated by film and television producer Roger Bobb, who is also president and CEO of BobbCat Films. Although the company did not reach its fundraising goal, Theater of the Stars is pursuing intermediary plans, and donations can be made at TheaterOfTheStars.com or by calling (404) 252-8960.

On July 15, The Fox Theatre terminated its lease with Theater of the Stars, and both parties agreed to move forward with an at-will usage arrangement. The termination of the lease allows The Fox Theatre to begin to fill the vacancies created by the cancellation of Dreamgirls.

Theater of the Stars is in discussions with investors to support the production of The Little Mermaid. Information regarding the refund of single tickets for canceled productions can be found by visiting the Fox Theatre website at FoxTheatre.org.

TOTS producer Christopher B. Manos released a statement on the company's official website that stated that an additional $500,000 must be raised by Aug. 30 in order to continue with the company's previously announced season.

Manos previously stated, "Let me assure you that we are doing our part to be lean and focus on fiscal responsibility at Theater of the Stars. Within the past 5 weeks, we have undergone a management transition that has already produced positive results and we are operating under a new business model that focuses on increased fiscal restraint. We have a long-range plan with other significant changes ahead.

We have an outstanding board, including three new energetic members, and we have their full support and guidance as we move forward. We consider ourselves stewards of the Theater of the Stars legacy and we take that responsibility very seriously."

Theater of the Stars, which has presented productions at the Fox Theatre since 1984, was also elemental in creating and presenting the Junior Theater Festival, which welcomes young performers to Atlanta each year. TOTS also presented the world premiere of Disney's High School Musical and 21 productions of Annie in its 60 seasons of operation.

To learn more and to donate, phone (404) 252-8960 or visit theaterofthestars.com.