SPOTLIGHT SHINES ONCE AGAIN ON
WARWICK MUSICAL THEATRE
Larry Bonoff, Former General Manager of the ‘Tent,’ Announces Two Major Projects To Chronicle the Rich 45-Year History of Rhode Island’s Premier Entertainment Venue.
partners with the University of Rhode Island, the Providence Performing Arts
Center, Michael Corrente, and Southern New Englanders to document and preserve
the legacy of the Warwick Musical Theatre through an online museum and a
– OCTOBER 21, 2008:
On September 4, 1999, the lights dimmed for the last time at the Warwick
Musical Theatre after an impressive, and unprecedented multi-decade run.
As the ‘Professionals of Summer Entertainment,’ the theatre provided
theatre may be gone, but its proud tradition lives on.
To celebrate that legacy, Larry Bonoff today announced an exciting
partnership with the
University of Rhode Island is honored to accept Mr. Bonoff’s very generous
contribution,” said URI President Robert Carothers, “The Bonoff and
Wasserman family collections, which feature the Warwick Musical Theatre, are an
important part of Rhode Island history and now that history can be preserved and
studied for generations to come.”
addition to the archives collection and in coordination with the 10th
anniversary of the theatre’s closing next year, Bonoff also announced the
production of a documentary film about the 45-year history of the Warwick
Musical Theatre, the longest-running theatre-in-the-round ever owned and
operated by the same family. The
feature will be produced over the coming year and will premier at the
project will be spearheaded by Brian C. Jones, who served as Bonoff’s chief
assistant for eight years and worked at the theatre for twelve seasons.
He will lead a filmmaking team which will include some former theatre
employees and will be advised by Rhode Island film stalwart Michael Corrente,
who will serve as a creative consultant on the project.
film will chronicle the theatre’s impact on the
am so excited that the incredible story of both the Warwick Musical Theatre and
the Bonoff family will be immortalized on film,” said Bonoff, “This
documentary will be a proud and lasting tribute to the vision first held by my
grandfather 85 years ago. I hope it
will also evoke some found memories of how things used to be.”
feature will be produced by a partnership entity formed by Bonoff and Jones
earlier this year. All profits from
the film’s theatrical run will go to the Bonoff Foundation and charitable
organizations which fight diabetes and cancer, diseases that took the lives of
Bonoff’s parents, Buster and Barbara. In
coordination with both of these projects, Bonoff also announced that a 2009
Warwick Musical Theatre commemorative calendar is now available with a
$10-minimum donation to the Bonoff Foundation at select locations throughout
Rhode Island. The calendar is packed
with photos direct from the Bonoff family archives.
For more information about the where and how to get the calendar, please
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