Mill Mountain Theatre's rise from the ashes appears to be imminent within 18 months to a year, according to a story in a Roanoke daily newspaper this a.m. (here), and that's some of the good news.
More good news is that "No Shame Theatre," which recently pulled out of Studio Roanoke, will return to its stages in the near future; MMT's $700,00 debt has been erased; the stage will be made available for producers of plays outside the MMT brand and for other entertainment; a fund-raising campaign will begin next summer and there seems to be a truly positive attitude about it.
The bad news? The first play with the return will be a musical. If MMT went five years without a musical after its return, it would only be catching up to a norm. I think we all simply got sick of them. They cost too much, they rarely challenge, they bring in an older crowd and--worst of all--a steady diet of musicals is lazy, unimaginative and bad theater. Frankly, I think if MMT returns to its reliance on musicals its new life will be brief, lonely and unhappy.