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Theater Camp
Directed by
Written by
Based onTheater Camp
by Noah Galvin
Produced by
  • Molly Gordon
  • Nick Lieberman
  • Erik Feig
  • Samie Kim Falvey
  • Julia Hammer
  • Ryan Heller
  • Maria Zuckerman
  • Jessica Elbaum
  • Will Ferrell
  • Noah Galvin
  • Ben Platt
Starring
CinematographyNate Hurtsellers
Edited byJon Philpot
Music byJames McAlister
Production
companies
Distributed bySearchlight Pictures
Release date
  • January 21, 2023 (2023-01-21) (Sundance)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Theater Camp is a 2023 American comedy film directed by Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman in their 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, it features an ensemble cast, led by Gordon, Platt, Galvin, Jimmy Tatro, Patti Harrison, Ayo Edebiri, Amy Sedaris, Caroline Aaron, Nathan Lee Graham, Owen Thiele, Alan Kim, Kyndra Sanchez, Alexander Bello, Luke Islam, and Bailee Bonick. Will Ferrell serves as a producer under his Gloria Sanchez Productions banner.

It premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival on January 21, 2023, where it was acquired by Searchlight Pictures.

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Comedy

Comedy

Comedy is a genre of fiction that consists of discourses or works intended to be humorous or amusing by inducing laughter, especially in theatre, film, stand-up comedy, television, radio, books, or any other entertainment medium. The term originated in ancient Greece: In Athenian democracy, the public opinion of voters was influenced by political satire performed by comic poets in theaters. The theatrical genre of Greek comedy can be described as a dramatic performance pitting two groups, ages, genders, or societies against each other in an amusing agon or conflict. Northrop Frye depicted these two opposing sides as a "Society of Youth" and a "Society of the Old". A revised view characterizes the essential agon of comedy as a struggle between a relatively powerless youth and the societal conventions posing obstacles to his hopes. In this struggle, the youth then becomes constrained by his lack of social authority, and is left with little choice but to resort to ruses which engender dramatic irony, which provokes laughter.

Molly Gordon

Molly Gordon

Molly June Gordon is an American actress, screenwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the drama TV series Animal Kingdom (2016–2018), as Nicky, and in the comedy films Life of the Party (2018) as Maddie, Booksmart (2019) as Triple A, and Good Boys (2019) as Hannah.

Ben Platt

Ben Platt

Benjamin Schiff Platt is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He began his acting career in musical theater as a child and appeared in productions of The Sound of Music (2006) and The Book of Mormon (2012–2015), rising to prominence for originating the title role in Broadway coming-of-age musical Dear Evan Hansen (2015–2017). His performance in the latter earned him multiple accolades, including a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award. At 23, Platt became the youngest solo recipient of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Platt reprised the role of Evan Hansen in the 2021 film adaptation of the musical, produced by his father.

Ensemble cast

Ensemble cast

In a dramatic production, an ensemble cast is one that is composed of multiple principal actors and performers who are typically assigned roughly equal amounts of screen time.

Jimmy Tatro

Jimmy Tatro

James Richard Tatro is an American actor, comedian, writer and YouTube personality. He is the creator and star of the YouTube channel LifeAccordingToJimmy, which has more than 3.4 million subscribers and over 713 million video views. Tatro writes, produces and directs each of his video sketches with his friend, Christian A. Pierce.

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri is an American comedian, writer, producer and actress. She appeared on Comedy Central's Up Next and co-hosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead. Edebiri is best known as a voice actor on Big Mouth (2020–present) and a main cast member on The Bear (2022–present).

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris

Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Most recently, she has appeared in both The Mandalorian (2019–2020) and The Book of Boba Fett (2022) as Peli Motto. She played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy (1999–2000) and the prequel film Strangers with Candy (2005), which she also wrote.

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Sidney Aaron is an American actress.

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham is an American actor and singer. He has been the originator of over 17 roles on stage and screen. Currently he is "Hermes" in the North American tour of the hit musical Hadestown. He is most known for the films Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch.

Alan Kim

Alan Kim

Alan Sun Kim is an American child actor, widely known for his critically acclaimed role in the drama film Minari, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Gloria Sanchez Productions

Gloria Sanchez Productions

Gloria Sanchez Productions is an American film and television production company.

2023 Sundance Film Festival

2023 Sundance Film Festival

The 2023 Sundance Film Festival took place from January 19 to 29, 2023. The first lineup of competition films was announced on December 7, 2022.

Cast

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Molly Gordon

Molly Gordon

Molly June Gordon is an American actress, screenwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the drama TV series Animal Kingdom (2016–2018), as Nicky, and in the comedy films Life of the Party (2018) as Maddie, Booksmart (2019) as Triple A, and Good Boys (2019) as Hannah.

Ben Platt

Ben Platt

Benjamin Schiff Platt is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He began his acting career in musical theater as a child and appeared in productions of The Sound of Music (2006) and The Book of Mormon (2012–2015), rising to prominence for originating the title role in Broadway coming-of-age musical Dear Evan Hansen (2015–2017). His performance in the latter earned him multiple accolades, including a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award. At 23, Platt became the youngest solo recipient of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Platt reprised the role of Evan Hansen in the 2021 film adaptation of the musical, produced by his father.

Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin

Noah Egidi Galvin is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Dr. Asher Wolke in the TV series The Good Doctor, Kenny O'Neal in the ABC sitcom The Real O'Neals and later taking over the titular role in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Jimmy Tatro

Jimmy Tatro

James Richard Tatro is an American actor, comedian, writer and YouTube personality. He is the creator and star of the YouTube channel LifeAccordingToJimmy, which has more than 3.4 million subscribers and over 713 million video views. Tatro writes, produces and directs each of his video sketches with his friend, Christian A. Pierce.

Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles in comedy series such as Shrill (2019–2021) and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019–present), as well as the comedy film Together Together (2021), with the latter earning her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri is an American comedian, writer, producer and actress. She appeared on Comedy Central's Up Next and co-hosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead. Edebiri is best known as a voice actor on Big Mouth (2020–present) and a main cast member on The Bear (2022–present).

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris

Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Most recently, she has appeared in both The Mandalorian (2019–2020) and The Book of Boba Fett (2022) as Peli Motto. She played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy (1999–2000) and the prequel film Strangers with Candy (2005), which she also wrote.

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Sidney Aaron is an American actress.

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham is an American actor and singer. He has been the originator of over 17 roles on stage and screen. Currently he is "Hermes" in the North American tour of the hit musical Hadestown. He is most known for the films Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch.

Alan Kim

Alan Kim

Alan Sun Kim is an American child actor, widely known for his critically acclaimed role in the drama film Minari, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Production

In June 2022, it was announced 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.[2][3]

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Molly Gordon

Molly Gordon

Molly June Gordon is an American actress, screenwriter and director. She is best known for her roles in the drama TV series Animal Kingdom (2016–2018), as Nicky, and in the comedy films Life of the Party (2018) as Maddie, Booksmart (2019) as Triple A, and Good Boys (2019) as Hannah.

Ben Platt

Ben Platt

Benjamin Schiff Platt is an American actor, singer, and songwriter. He began his acting career in musical theater as a child and appeared in productions of The Sound of Music (2006) and The Book of Mormon (2012–2015), rising to prominence for originating the title role in Broadway coming-of-age musical Dear Evan Hansen (2015–2017). His performance in the latter earned him multiple accolades, including a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award. At 23, Platt became the youngest solo recipient of the Tony Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. Platt reprised the role of Evan Hansen in the 2021 film adaptation of the musical, produced by his father.

Noah Galvin

Noah Galvin

Noah Egidi Galvin is an American actor and singer. He is best known for playing Dr. Asher Wolke in the TV series The Good Doctor, Kenny O'Neal in the ABC sitcom The Real O'Neals and later taking over the titular role in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen.

Jimmy Tatro

Jimmy Tatro

James Richard Tatro is an American actor, comedian, writer and YouTube personality. He is the creator and star of the YouTube channel LifeAccordingToJimmy, which has more than 3.4 million subscribers and over 713 million video views. Tatro writes, produces and directs each of his video sketches with his friend, Christian A. Pierce.

Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison is an American actress and comedian. She is best known for her roles in comedy series such as Shrill (2019–2021) and I Think You Should Leave with Tim Robinson (2019–present), as well as the comedy film Together Together (2021), with the latter earning her a nomination for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri

Ayo Edebiri is an American comedian, writer, producer and actress. She appeared on Comedy Central's Up Next and co-hosts the podcast Iconography with Olivia Craighead. Edebiri is best known as a voice actor on Big Mouth (2020–present) and a main cast member on The Bear (2022–present).

Amy Sedaris

Amy Sedaris

Amy Louise Sedaris is an American actress, comedian, and writer. Most recently, she has appeared in both The Mandalorian (2019–2020) and The Book of Boba Fett (2022) as Peli Motto. She played Jerri Blank in the Comedy Central comedy series Strangers with Candy (1999–2000) and the prequel film Strangers with Candy (2005), which she also wrote.

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Aaron

Caroline Sidney Aaron is an American actress.

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham

Nathan Lee Graham is an American actor and singer. He has been the originator of over 17 roles on stage and screen. Currently he is "Hermes" in the North American tour of the hit musical Hadestown. He is most known for the films Zoolander, Zoolander 2, Sweet Home Alabama, and Hitch.

Alan Kim

Alan Kim

Alan Sun Kim is an American child actor, widely known for his critically acclaimed role in the drama film Minari, for which he was nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

Will Ferrell

Will Ferrell

John William Ferrell is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. Ferrell first established himself in the mid-1990s as a cast member on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, where he performed from 1995 to 2002, and has subsequently starred in comedy films such as Elf (2003), Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Kicking & Screaming (2005), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), Semi-Pro (2008), Step Brothers (2008), and Land of the Lost (2009). He founded the comedy website Funny or Die in 2007 with his writing partner Adam McKay. Other notable film roles include The Other Guys (2010), The Campaign (2012), Get Hard (2015), Holmes & Watson (2018), and the animated films Curious George (2006), Megamind (2010) and The Lego Movie film franchise (2014-2019).

Gloria Sanchez Productions

Gloria Sanchez Productions

Gloria Sanchez Productions is an American film and television production company.

Release

The film 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.[4][5] Shortly after, Searchlight Pictures acquired distribution rights to the film for $8 million.[6]

Reception

On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 84% based on 15 reviews, with an average rating of 6.9/10.[7]

Source: "Theater Camp", Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, (2023, February 1st), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theater_Camp.

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References
  1. ^ "Theater Camp". Sundance Film Festival. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  2. ^ Grobar, Matt (June 9, 2022). "Ben Platt, Molly Gordon, Amy Sedaris & More Set For Musical Comedy 'Theater Camp' From Picturestart, Topic Studios And Gloria Sanchez Productions". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  3. ^ Galuppo, Mia (June 9, 2022). "Ben Platt, Molly Gordon Team for Comedy 'Theater Camp'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved January 10, 2023.
  4. ^ 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. Retrieved January 9, 2023.
  5. ^ Gardner, Chris (January 22, 2023). "Sundance: 'Theater Camp' Debuts to Standing Ovation, Receives Second for Cast After Surprise Musical Performance". The Hollywood Reporter.
  6. ^ Fleming Jr, Mike (January 23, 2023). "Searchlight Lands 'Theater Camp' In High 7-Figure WW Sundance Deal; Pic Will Get Theatrical Release". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 23, 2023.
  7. ^ "Theater Camp". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved January 26, 2023.
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