NYC's Open Jar Studios has acquired the boutique theatrical printing service Bway Printing, which specializes in printing and hand-delivering scripts and scores for Broadway rehearsals.
"We are so honored to be able to add this remarkable printing service to our operation," says Open Jar Studios owner Jeff Whiting in a statement. "The ability to offer the specialized printing service that Bway Printing has perfected goes hand in hand with our mission to support the ongoing creation of art. We are very proud to be able to offer this essential service to the Broadway community."
The printing service was founded by Broadway stage manager Michael Rico Cohen in 2017, going on to serve such Broadway productions as The Music Man, KPOP, Leopoldstadt, Funny Girl, A Strange Loop, Into the Woods, and more.
"There is such a high demand for this service,” says Cohen, "and it was becoming impossible to keep up with demand at our prior capacity. I’m thrilled that the dynamic team at Open Jar will be able to offer the same attention to detail that is required to maintain this unique service, and who can also support the management of these services on a larger scale. I can say with great confidence that Bway Printing clients will still receive the same great service and the same great product, but the only difference is that it won’t be my hands doing the work."
Whiting founded Open Jar Studios in 2019, which offers the largest column-free rehearsal studios in NYC with 50,000 square feet of space across 22 studios. Moulin Rouge!, The Devil Wears Prada, Funny Girl, Hadestown, The Lion King, SIX, and more have rehearsed at Open Jar.
The acquisition will move Bway Printing's operations to Open Jar Studios while continuing to serve all rehearsal studios and management offices in Manhattan.