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Caroline, or Change
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Death of a Salesman
Follies
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How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Into the Woods
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Once
Sweeney Todd
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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  • Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 12/20/15  Dec 21 2015, 03:32:06 PM

    Looks like the horrific reviews are finally catching up to China Doll. We also have to expect an Allegiance closing notice coming at some point soon. 

  • School Of Rock Rush  Dec 20 2015, 11:45:28 PM

    Agreed. It would seem if that's their strategy it would make more sense to offer rush and/or standing room (if sold out) 2 hours prior to curtain.

  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Reviews  Dec 20 2015, 10:06:13 PM

    Isherwood is reviewing for the Times (surprised Brantley didn't take it) and is very positive!

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/12/21/theater/review-a-fiddler-on-the-roof-revival-with-an-echo-of-modernity.html

    "The superb new production, which opened on Sunday at the Broadway Theater, certainly honors the show’s ebullience of s

  • CBS This Morning-Shuffle Along  Dec 20 2015, 08:32:18 PM

    It seems the producers will push for a revival designation, presumably so they won't compete against Hamilton. We'll see if the Tony Committee agrees with them, or will repeat what they did with One Man, Two Guvnors, which tried the same tactic only to see if backfire when they were considered a New Play and left out of the nominations months later (may or may not have been related to some questionable tactics on the producer's part that upset a lot of people in the American

  • FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Reviews  Dec 20 2015, 08:28:28 PM

    The Hollywood Reporter is a rave!! 

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/fiddler-roof-theater-review-850349

    "The duality of humor and horror is essential to Fiddler, and as in every other aspect, this superb production captures that balance with enormous soulfulness, its juxtaposition of oppression with spiritual resilience echoed in a final eruption

  • TDF TICKETS  Dec 20 2015, 01:38:19 AM

    A show releases a certain number of tickets to TDF, let's say 25. It guarantees there will be at least 25 seats to TDF so if the show were to sell all but 25 tickets for the performance, it would pull everything and then be sold out. This gives a show a lot of flexibility since assuming there are more than 25 available, it doesn't need to decide which 25 until a few hours before the performance when seats are actually assigned. It can then try to sell premium and expensive orchestra s

  • "Hollywood accounting"  Dec 19 2015, 01:43:16 AM

    "Curious about the effect it may have on recoupment announcements. It seems the stories of people never receiving payments from huge hit movies that somehow never make a profit due to "Hollywood accounting" are legion. If the tax doesn't come due until recoupment, might it be advantageous to delay that as long as possible?"

     

    Yup, you're 100% right about that. It wouldn't shock me if we see more of that.

  • Broadway to get tax breaks  Dec 18 2015, 02:34:59 PM

    This is actually huge. I'm shocked this isn't a bigger deal here. This will provide a far greater incentive for investments in theatre since it severely limits the downside risk of investors who won't owe taxes on the income until the show makes its money back. It means investors will get their money back more quickly and will be more apt to invest in theatre.

     

    The biggest benefit I see would really accrue to regional theatres and off-Broadway. Since Broadway'

  • On Your Feet! Lottery  Dec 17 2015, 12:12:00 PM

    How crowded was the lottery?

  • How Long Will Kelli Stay In The King And I?  Dec 14 2015, 08:43:47 PM

    Surprised that Kelli would play to a half empty theater on winter weekdays when she must have at least a half dozen other offers. But the dates are there on Telecharge and Lincoln Center Theater that she will be off as late as April 3rd.

    The show has never been below 70% capacity in a week. I'm sure it'll dip a bit more in the winter but the show is far from dying. Also, it's a nice, stable paycheck which is pretty rare in this business, a phenomenal production

  • Josh Groban to star in The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway in September  Dec 14 2015, 12:53:28 AM

    Sort of irrelevant but in my head the Circle seating would be redone to have seating on the floor like it was for Lady Day, perhaps even with a bar, which would replicate the seating at Kazino quite well.

     

    That said, now that the show has been redesigned, that makes less sense. I think it could easily fit into a standard house with on-stage seating and small stages in the front of the orchestra and in the mezz to prevent anyone from feeling too far removed from the action.

  • FUN HOME Recoups  Dec 14 2015, 12:10:56 AM

    Thrilled to hear this! Any time an unconventional, beautiful show like this one becomes a hit, I think it can only do good things for Broadway. I would have to imagine An American in Paris isn't too far behind. Something Rotten and Finding Neverland are still making money but have been slipping lately and are probably a bit further behind.

  • Josh Groban to star in The Great Comet of 1812 on Broadway in September  Dec 13 2015, 11:59:29 PM

    I am so excited for this and really hope it finds an audience. I actually think Groban could be a pretty inspired choice for Pierre. I was upset that I wouldn't get to catch the redesign and reworking of the show at ART, but will be first in line for tickets to see this on Broadway. The redesign really means it could work in any smaller house on Broadway. Thrilled to see how the rest of the cast shakes out and I agree it would be lovely if Philippa Soo would return. Soo was one of the (ma

  • Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 12/6/15  Dec 7 2015, 06:58:47 PM

    Sauja - an interesting observation. If I had to guess, I think that An American in Paris demographics skew older and wealthier to individuals and tourists who who are more likely to spend money at the Metropolitan Opera or the Philharmonic than the average musical. They're more apt to pay more for good seats and are less likely to know about or use discount codes hence American in Paris's high gross potential.

  • SCHOOL OF ROCK Reviews  Dec 6 2015, 07:55:59 PM

    Mostly positive from the Chicago Tribune:

    "Crucially, this gives the show weight and enough gravitas that the fully expected final sticking-it to the (wo)man — who does not listen, who has forgotten that kids can only be happy to be themselves, who is now leading a tawdry life leavened only by the occasional Broadway musical — feels especially sweet."

    Duets Between Older Female and Younger Male  Nov 30 2015, 03:30:43 PM

    "Not While I'm Around" from Sweeney is one of my favorites.

     

     

  • Neil Simon/Brooks Atkinson - Are they cursed?  Oct 21 2015, 12:22:22 PM

    While this is kind of a ridiculous thread, there is something to certain theatres being in bad locations and/or too big that can contribute to a flop. As Kad points outs, the Neil Simon is quite large and out of the way, it's hard for someone to stumble on it and the average tourist definitely doesn't walk past the marquee as often as say, The Richard Rodgers. The Lyric is such a barn it would take a massive draw to come close to selling out, sort of a prerequisite for a hit sinc

  • HAND TO GOD (B'way) Reviews  Apr 7 2015, 08:32:19 PM

    NBC New York is mostly positive.


    http://www.nbcnewyork.com/entertainment/the-scene/Review-Hand-to-God-298893931.html


    Structurally, “Hand to God” never quite adds up to the sum of its brilliant parts. There are only so many ways we can be told that faith isn’t quite enough, and that we need to find specific ways of dealing with our probl

  • HAND TO GOD (B'way) Reviews  Apr 7 2015, 08:29:22 PM

    AMNY is a rave!!!


    http://www.amny.com/entertainment/hand-to-god-theater-review-3-5-stars-1.10217185


    "Hand to God" -- a dark, irreverent and smart comedy by the young, previously unknown playwright Peter Askins -- is one hell of a great success story, having graduated step by step from off Off-Broadway to Off-Broadway to finally Broadway itself.

  • HAND TO GOD (B'way) Reviews  Apr 7 2015, 08:26:17 PM

    The AP is mostly positive!


    http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/review-ambitious-hand-god-mixes-violence-puppets-30147678


    Askins at times seems to fumble for a deeper meaning about the individual getting lost in the collective, but while he comes close to profundity, it's really his cast that leaves an impression. Especially





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