Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Musical Theatre Southwest on Verge of Closing.(Final)

Byline: David Steinberg Journal Staff Writer

Musical Theatre Southwest, which cut major costs less than a year ago, needs $60,000 or it will be forced to close by May 16, MTS executive director Arlene Roth said Monday.

Roth said the money is needed to maintain payroll, stay current on utility bills, the mortgage and building insurance and to cover payroll expenses of the group's last show, "She Loves Me," which lost $40,000.

That amount of money would allow the company to stay open until May 16. Another $60,000 will be needed to keep the doors open through July 1.

Roth said the drop in revenue is due to smaller audiences and fewer donations. …

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