Triple Espresso sets its sights on New York City Using Kickstarter

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“Triple Espresso,” the long-running, locally born-and-raised stage comedy, has set its sights on an off-Broadway run — if backers can raise $300,000 through a Kickstarter campaign launched Saturday afternoon.

First performed in 1995, the G-rated, vaudeville-style show about a trio of guys trying to revive show-business careers played at the Music Box Theatre in Minneapolis for 13 years before closing in 2008, as well as 11 years in San Diego. There were touring productions as far away as Germany, but never in the theater capital of America, New York.

Six figures is an ambitious sum for an arts project to raise through crowdfunding, but producer Dennis Babcock hopes to bank on the show’s widespread fan base to drum up support.

“It’s sold 2 million tickets all over the world,” he said. “I’ve got a long e-mail list.”

Still, he can’t finance a New York production himself because, as he notes on Kickstarter…

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