Broadway League honors Gov. Pat Quinn, Illinois legislature
The Broadway League, a trade association for what it terms "the Broadway industry," announced today that Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois state legislature are recipients of a "Star of Touring Broadway" award. The legislature and the governor received the honor for passing and signing, respectively, the Live Theatre Production Tax Credit Act.
Similar to the state's film tax credit, provides breaks for commercial producers of "pre-Broadway" shows or of long runs (eight weeks or more) in houses of 1,200 seats or more—in other words, the producers and road presenters represented by the Broadway League. In a statement announcing the award, Broadway League executive director Charlotte St. Martin praised the tax credit for supporting the tryouts of Kinky Boots and Big Fish.
Because of its limitation to "pre-Broadway" shows and/or very large theaters, the act doesn't apply to Chicago's longest-running commercial productions. Million Dollar Quartet has been running for more than four years at the Apollo Theater, while Blue Man Group has logged about two decades at the Briar Street Theatre. Yet the theaters' respective capacities of 461 and 625 don't meet the tax credit's requirements.
Not all Broadway in Chicago presentations qualify, either. The League's announcement quotes Daryl Roth, a lead producer on Kinky Boots, praising Illinois's elected officials for finding "a way to entice producers like myself to think of Chicago first." Yet Roth's Love, Loss and What I Wore, which ran more than three months at BIC's Broadway Playhouse in 2011, wouldn't have earned the credit based on that theater's capacity of 549.