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April 27, 2011
California Musical Theatre is having a blockbuster week

Everything is coming up roses for the California Musical Theatre this week.

It set a record with 1,600 subscriptions sold Monday and Tuesday for this season of Broadway Sacramento, thanks in large part to the coming of "Wicked."

And on Tuesday evening, the City Council unanimously approved a $300,000 line of credit to help CMT's cash flow for the next three years.

The Bee's editorial board supported the loan, noting CMT's importance to downtown, the city's vested interest in CMT's health and the safeguards in place for the city.

At Councilman Jay Schenirer's suggestion, the council added another, calling for community members with expertise in the arts to be added to an oversight committee that will review CMT's finances before the city releases any money.

"We're just proud to be partners," said Mayor Kevin Johnson.

Richard Lewis, CMT's executive producer, told the council that 600 of the 1,600 season subscriptions are new - a strong sign that his group is well on the way to recovery. CMT, like many other arts groups, has been hit hard by the recession as people cut their entertainment spending.

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