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Searchlight’s Ben Plat Led Comedy ‘Theater Camp’ Reveals When the Curtain Will Rise

Following its successful premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Searchlight Pictures has set a July 14th release date for the ensemble musical comedy, “Theater Camp” which it acquired out of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival for around $8M with a theatrical guarantee.

The feature will tell the story of an upstate New York-based camp run by a staff packed with a variety of personalities, who find themselves in a predicament after their fearless leader falls into a coma. With the baton passing to the owner’s dumb and self-obsessed son in her absence, the employees will need to come together to pull off their summer’s production without a hitch.

Taking a stab at all the eccentricities that make a summer filled with auditions, rehearsals, and performances a memorable experience, directors Molly Gordon and Nick Lieberman are bringing audiences a comedy mockumentary style. 

Co-penned by Lieberman and Gordon along with Noah Galvin (“The Good Doctor“) and Ben Platt (“Dear Evan Hansen“), the latter three will also star. Filling out the ensemble cast will be YouTube star Jimmy Tarto, Ayo Edebiri (“Big Mouth“), Patti Harrison (“Shrill“), Caroline Aaron (“Sleepless in Seattle“), Alan Kim (“Minari“), Nathan Lee Graham (“Zoolander“), Amy Sedaris (“The Mandalorian“), Owen Thiele, Bailee Bonick, Donovan Colan, Kyndra Sanchez, Vivienne Sachs, Quinn Titcomb, and Alexander Bello.

Along with penning the script, Galvin, Gordon, Platt, Lieberman, and Mark Sonnenblick composed the film’s original score. Galvin, Gordon, Lieberman, and Platt also serve as producers alongside Will Ferrell, Ryan Heller, Erik Feig, Samie Kim Falvey, Maria Zuckerman, Julia Hammer, and Jessica Elbaum.

Ben Platt won a Tony Award for originating the title role in Dear Evan Hansen, which he later reprised in the 2021 film adaption. Platt’s film credits include “Pitch Perfect,” “Pitch Perfect 2,” “Ricki and the Flash,” “Run This Town,” and “Drunk Parents.” Since 2019, he has starred in the Netflix comedy-drama series The Politician.

Theater Camp” will be released in theaters on July 14, 2023.

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Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of while continuing his work for Japan.


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