Burlesque: The Ups and Downs Towards Success
For the first time in five years, the Broadway Performance Club did not have its traditional tour around Bulgaria. This came as a surprise to all that have enjoyed the musicals the club has produced so far.
The Producer, Martin Georgiev, explained that the main problem came from miscommunication between the organizers and the production company which holds the rights.
“This year we decided to do Burlesque which is not a play but a movie,” Georgiev said. “Since we are a student association, we assumed that the law allows us to adopt the movie without the need to pay for license.”
Getting closer to the theatre season, the organizing team found out that they can stage Burlesque only if they do not get profit from it. In other words, they were not allowed to sell tickets. Without profit, the club could not cover its travel expenses.
“I feel as everyone else: angry, sad, and disappointed,” Teodor Dimitrov, who played Marcus said. “But I think it will serve as a lesson for the future organizers.”
In order to safeguard the fruit of their hard work, the club decided to make the tickets free and to limit its performance to the AUBG and Blagoevgrad audiences. The absence of an entrance fee encouraged people to rush and reserve their seats. On the second day after the club had started giving away tickets, the seats were almost filled up. The only places one could find were on the first row.
Even with these challenges, the premiere of the musical was on Tuesday, March 24, 2015. For four consecutive days, the community had the chance to enjoy the Burlesque spirit.
The project, initiated and developed by university students, is one of its kind in Bulgaria. The citizens of the biggest Bulgarian cities such as Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna have been enjoying the talent of AUBGers for years.
The Broadway Performance Club’s first musical, Chicago, was staged in 2008. The following years, other big names were adapted: Moulin Rouge (2011), Grease (2012), Memphis (2013). The club casts its team at the beginning of every fall semester. This is also the time when the organizers choose the new musical.
“Next year, in order to avoid the copy rights issue, I am suggesting that an innovative team of a musical composer and a lyricist get together and finally create a tailor-made musical for AUBG’s brilliant Broadway Performance Club,” Sabina Wien, AUBG Adjunct Instructor in Bulgarian and a performer in the AUBG musical Moulin Rouge (2011), said.
This article was the joint effort of AUBG Daily’s owls Sabina Peycheva and Tsvetelina Miteva.