Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Sangamon Auditorium, PCCC to offer rival Broadway series

Springfield’s two biggest indoor performance venues Sangamon Auditorium and the Prairie Capital Convention Center will offer competing slates of Broadway shows next season.

The change is a result of Sangamon Auditorium’s decision to end its relationship with Theatre Council Productions, which has produced and marketed the Broadway series at the University of Illinois Springfield since 2005. Beginning with the upcoming season, the auditorium will book such shows on its own.

Theatre Council, however, did not want to lose its foothold in the market, so it made a deal with the PCCC to present shows there.

Sangamon Auditorium executive director Bob Vaughn said the agreement with Theatre Council — which was already in place when Vaughn took over in 2006 — was “pretty favorable for the contractor.”

The change was featured in a April 20, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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