Theater Camp
Theatrical release poster
Directed by
Written by
Based onTheater Camp
by Noah Galvin
Molly Gordon
Nick Lieberman
Ben Platt
Produced by
  • Erik Feig
  • Samie Kim Falvey
  • Julia Hammer
  • Ryan Heller
  • Maria Zuckerman
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Will Ferrell
  • Noah Galvin
  • Molly Gordon
  • Nick Lieberman
  • Ben Platt
Starring
CinematographyNate Hurtsellers
Edited byJon Philpot
Music by
  • James McAlister
  • Mark Sonnenblick
Production
companies
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Release dates
  • January 21, 2023 (2023-01-21) (Sundance)
  • July 14, 2023 (2023-07-14) (United States)
Running time
93 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Box office$3.6 million[2][3]

Theater Camp is a 2023 American comedy film directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman in both of their respective feature directorial debuts, from a screenplay by Gordon, Lieberman, Ben Platt and Noah Galvin. A feature-length adaptation of the 2020 short film of the same name, the film features an ensemble cast that includes Galvin, Gordon, Platt, Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison, Nathan Lee Graham, Ayo Edebiri, Owen Thiele, Caroline Aaron and Amy Sedaris. Will Ferrell serves as a producer under his Gloria Sanchez Productions banner.

Theater Camp had its world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2023, and was released in the United States on July 14, 2023, by Searchlight Pictures.

Premise

As summer rolls around again, kids are gathering from all over to attend AdirondACTS, a scrappy theater camp in upstate New York that's a haven for budding performers. After its indomitable founder Joan falls into a coma, her clueless “crypto-bro” son Troy is tasked with keeping the thespian paradise running. With financial ruin looming, Troy must join forces with Amos, Rebecca-Diane, and their band of eccentric teachers and students to come up with a solution before the curtain rises on opening night.

Cast

Production

In June 2022, it was reported Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman would direct the film, from a screenplay they wrote alongside Ben Platt and Noah Galvin. Gordon, Platt, Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison, Ayo Edebiri, Amy Sedaris, Caroline Aaron, Nathan Lee Graham, Owen Thiele, Alan Kim, Luke Islam, Jack Sobolewski, Kyndra Sanchez, Quinn Titcomb, Madisen Lora, Bailee Bonick, Donovan Colan, Vivienne Sachs, and Alexander Bello were set to star, and Will Ferrell would serve as a producer under his Gloria Sanchez Productions banner.[4][5] The film's soundtrack was released by Interscope Records.[6]

Principal photography began in June 6, 2022 at the former URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York and wrapped on June 30, 2022.[7]

Release

Theater Camp had a world premiere at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2023, where it received two standing ovations from the audience, one following the film itself and after a special post-screening musical performance from the younger actors of a medley of songs from the film's finale.[8][9] Shortly after, Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film for $8 million.[10] The film was released in select theaters on July 14, 2023.[11]

The film opened with $301k (or $50.2k per theater at six locations) and was the strongest limited opening for Searchlight Pictures since 2019's Jojo Rabbit ($349k in five locations).[12]

The film is scheduled to be released on American subscription streaming service, Hulu, and VOD on September 14, 2023.[13]

Soundtrack

All tracks are written by James McAlister, Mark Sonnenblick (score), Ben Platt, Sonneblick, Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, and Noah Galvin (songs)

Theater Camp: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
No.TitlePerformer(s)Length
1."Troy's Intro"Jimmy Tatro0:14
2."Joan, Still Theme"Alexander Bello, Bailee Bonick, Donovan Colan, Jack Sobolewski, Kyndra Sanchez, Luke Islam, Madisen Lora, Quinn Titcomb0:46
3."Narrator's Prologue"J. Sobolewski0:12
4."Women Cannot Read"D. Colan, B. Bonick, A. Bello, J. Sobolewski, K. Sanchez, L. Islam, M. Lora, Q. Titcomb3:43
5."The Wall Street Noise"Noah Galvin, B. Bonick, D. Colan, J. Sobolewski, K. Sanchez, L. Islam, M. Lora, Q. Titcomb, A. Bello3:02
6."Joan's Lament"N. Galvin0:17
7."No Tomorrow"N. Galvin, A. Bello, D. Colan, B. Bonick, J. Sobolewski, K. Sanchez, L. Islam, M. Lora, Q. Titcomb4:11
8."Son Salutation"N. Galvin, K. Sanchez1:49
9."Narrator's Epilogue"J. Sobolewski0:24
10."Camp Isn't Home"N. Galvin, Molly Gordon, A. Bello, B. Bonick, D. Colan, J. Sobolewski, K. Sanchez, L. Islam, M. Lora, Q. Titcomb3:43
11."Bonus track: Show Announcements"B. Platt, M. Gordon1:55
12."Bonus track: 'Peters, Foster, Streisand, Lupone'"A. Bello, L. Islam0:15
13."Bonus track: Auditions"B. Bonick, M. Gordon, Nathan Lee Graham, Jonathan Lengel, B. Platt, Owen Thiele, Q. Titcomb1:19
14."Bonus track: 'Bye Class'"M. Gordon0:44

Reception

On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 85% of 145 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.3/10. The website's consensus reads: "Theater Camp's authentic depiction of the theater experience may not resonate as strongly with non-actors, but they'll probably be laughing too hard to seriously complain."[14] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 70 out of 100, based on 40 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[12]

References

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  7. ^ Zornosa, Laura (July 14, 2023). "The 10 Cult Classics That Shaped Theater Camp". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on July 20, 2023. Retrieved July 20, 2023.
  8. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; Patten, Dominic (December 7, 2022). "Sundance Film Festival Lineup Set With Ukraine War, Little Richard, Michael J. Fox, Judy Blume Docs; Pics With Anne Hathaway, Emilia Clarke, Jonathan Majors; More". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 29, 2023. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  9. ^ Gardner, Chris (January 22, 2023). "Sundance: 'Theater Camp' Debuts to Standing Ovation, Receives Second for Cast After Surprise Musical Performance". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 22, 2023. Retrieved January 22, 2023.
  10. ^ Fleming, Mike Jr. (January 23, 2023). "Searchlight Lands 'Theater Camp' In High 7-Figure WW Sundance Deal; Pic Will Get Theatrical Release". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on January 24, 2023. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  11. ^ Grobar, Matt (March 9, 2023). "Searchlight Dates Sundance Prize-Winning Musical Comedy Theater Camp From Molly Gordon, Nick Lieberman, Noah Galvin & Ben Platt". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 9, 2023. Retrieved March 9, 2023.
  12. ^ a b Goldsmith, Jill (July 16, 2023). "Theater Camp Hits High Note With Searchlight's Best Limited Opening Since Jojo Rabbit – Specialty Box Office". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on July 18, 2023. Retrieved July 18, 2023.
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