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Stage Door sets a season

In November, Broward Stage Door Theatre founders David Torres and Derelle Bunn revealed that they were in negotiations with Costume World founder and CEO Marilynn Wick to sell the two-theater Coral Springs company they founded 18 years ago in a former movie theater.  The duo had taken on a new venture in the Miami Beach Stage Door Theatre at the Byron Carlisle last summer and felt they were ready to focus on their new venture.

Apparently, that deal for the Coral Springs theater isn't panning out. Torres sent a message Tuesday with titles for a planned 2012-2013 season at the original Stage Door location, explaining, "Due to the fact that ongoing negotiations seem to be stalling and are likely to not come to fruition, the Stage Door is moving ahead with plans to announe the '12-13 season as if there will be no deal."

So here's the lineup, a mixture of comedies, musicals and a thriller:

The new season will kick off with Neil Simon's Rumors Oct. 19-Nov. 11, followed by Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks Nov. 9-Dec. 2.  Fiddler on the Roofis the December highlight, running Dec. 7-31.  The World Goes 'Round, a revue celebrating the music of John Kander and Fred Ebb, runs Dec. 28-Jan. 20, 2013. The Golden Age Broadway classic Damn Yankees runs Jan. 18-Feb. 10, 2013.  Then come Deathtrap Feb. 8-March 3, the Jerry Herman revue Jerry's Girls March 1-2 and Beau Jest April 5-28, all in 2013.

Torres and Bunn have tinkered with their current-season Miami Beach lineup as well. Jon Peterson returns in Song Man, Dance Man Jan. 20-29, with shows at 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday.  From Feb. 17-March 11, Miami Beach Stage Door will present Ira Levin's comic thriller Deathtrap.

 Need more info? Call 954-344-7765 or visit the Coral Springs theater's web site; for Miami Beach info, call 305-397-8977 or visit the new web site.

Costume World's Wick offered her own perspective on Wednesday, issuing a statement that said Stage Door management rejected her second offer to buy the theater.

"I am extremely disappointed that I could not put this financial package together," she wrote.  "I had many high hopes for the space, including a renovation, working with the vast array of talented artists and technicians in professional theater in South Florida, and showcasing our incredible costume inventory.  But I guess it wasn't meant to be."

Wick leaves open the possibility that a deal may still be worked out and says, "In the meantime, I will continue to support and encourage the Broward Stage Door and their faithful audience, and I wish them all success with their exciting new season."

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Mark David Smith

This is a pity. The Broward Stage door has been on a rapid decline in production values and talent level for quite some time (Mack and Mabel notwithstanding) The place needs new blood. It needs new vision and someone willing to renovate that hideously dirty venue. Given their decline, I wonder whether they will be able to produce that season of shows and if they do, will the quality continue to decline? I fear that it will. It's obvious that the producers of BSD do not care about their theatre.. how can we expect them to continue to care about quality?

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