The Evolution of A Premiere Playhouse
or why you can't find a listing online when you search
In Columbus, Ohio, in the 1970's APOGEE SINGERS, directed by pianist, singer, choral director Terry Bojanowski, performed musical revues at central Ohio events
ENTERTAINMENT ORIGINALS was created in 1985 to produce the musicals of Darryl Bojanowski (Dramatists Guild, BMI), Terry's husband, at shopping malls throughout the United States. After performing Terry's Musical Revues and Darryl's Musicals in 26 states for five years, their hometown mall, NewMarket, called to ask if Entertainment Originals would produce a Family Theatre series for the summer. NewMarket had lost a lot of tenants due to a new mega-mall opening in the area, and they hoped that musical theatre might bring back some traffic and tenants would want to return. It worked! In 1991 Entertainment Originals created a summer series of six mall musicals - expanded from the touring repertoire - and one new Bojanowski musical, "Hansel & Gretel" as the NEWMARKET SUMMER CHILDREN'S THEATRE.
Due to the success of the first summer, NewMarket Mall asked Entertainment Originals to continue producing musicals in 1992 as the NEWMARKET FAMILY THEATRE and, for the next four years, a total of forty Bojanowski original musicals, five Off-Broadway musicals, and one musical by another writer were produced - several of them more than once: ALL MUSICALS, ALL YEAR! Without spending a cent on marketing and with no social media at the time, almost 20,000 patrons a year saw these musicals at NewMarket Mall.
In the summer of 1993 the theatre name was changed to FAMILY THEATRE PLAYHOUSE at NewMarket Mall. After the spring and summer seasons of 1994, full-length productions - The ACT 2 Series - was added: full-length musicals, some of which were served as Dinner Theatre. The FAMILY THEATRE Series continued, interspersed with the ACT 2 musicals, and the name was changed to A PREMIERE PLAYHOUSE since most of the shows were new musicals.
PAID 4 FULL-TIME ACTORS and 1 TECH GENIUS
YOUNG ACTOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Children ages 7-14
auditioned to appear on stage with the adults;
Several now have theatre degrees and professional credits, Broadway, Off-Broadway, National Tours and Regional Theatres
"Testimonials are a great wa
PREMIERED 8 TWO ACT
many based on Classic Literature
PREMIERED a Reading Rainbow Family Musical
PRODUCED "By Strouse,'
"Jerry's Girls," "Dames At Sea," "Song of Singapore," "Ruthless: The Musical"
TAUGHT THEATRE CLASSES
for local Parks & Recreation
SCHOOL PERFORMANCES: Schools came to Mall Theatre
Hosted a Comedy Troupe
Sweet Adelines Performance