CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6

Rob
Broadway Legend
joined:5/3/03
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 09:44am
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Deena Jones
Broadway Legend
joined:5/27/03
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 09:50am
OUCH!
showchoirguy
Broadway Star
joined:7/14/10
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 09:53am
Aw.
macnyc
Broadway Legend
joined:7/26/08
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 10:09am
I'm sad about this because I really like Chaplin and thought it was very well done.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 10:14am
If you could only have convinced 200,000 other people, mac, it might have returned its investment...

Personally, I found nothing redeeming in the material, although McClure deserves some commendation for working like a horse to try to give the show a semblance of life.
Wynbish
Broadway Legend
joined:4/27/12
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 10:17am
"Where are all the people?"
Gmerchant123
Featured Actor
joined:9/9/12
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 10:22am
What'cha gonna do when the show falls down
beautywickedlover
Broadway Legend
joined:6/28/07
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 11:09am
It's grosses were not very good even on Thanksgiving week.
iluvtheatertrash
Broadway Legend
joined:11/9/04
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 11:10am
Aw, I loved Chaplin.
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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 11:12am
Bummer! I really like it.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 11:52am
It had a decent run. I liked it, especially Rob McClure, but the book and lyrics were seriously flawed.
AC126748
Broadway Legend
joined:7/15/06
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 12:11pm
For those who liked it: a cast recording has been made, a tour has been announced (though we'll see if it actually comes to fruition), and there will likely be many regional/amateur productions in the future. As uninspiring as I found it, I imagine it will have a life after Broadway.
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ACL2006
Broadway Legend
joined:2/11/06
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 12:11pm
Scandalous should be next, there's no reason this show should still be playing.
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Phantom of London
Broadway Legend
joined:3/26/08
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 12:46pm
I imagine the show had a big fall in attendance this week and see the show as gone past the point of no return.
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theobsessed
Swing
joined:5/3/12
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 12:50pm
That's just a shame. I hope it gets remembered come TONY season (I expect at least Rob McClure will be nominated), but it's always sad to see a show as cool as this close. I never got to see it (one of the many inconveniences of living in the south)but from the clips I saw it was really something special.
Patti LuPone FANatic
Broadway Legend
joined:3/4/06
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 01:09pm
How is the news of a show closing, shared with the cast and staff? I've sometimes wondered about that. Best of luck to the cast of Chaplin. from RC in Austin, Texas
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wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 02:06pm
I have heard of mean ways (e-mails just before performances) and nice (if nice is possible - the producers sitting down after a Sunday show, and telling the cast and staff in person and with humanity).
Markecib
Understudy
joined:4/13/11
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 02:42pm
Usually it's a meeting with the cast and producers at half hour. Not the greatest way as they cast has to do a show right after they were told it's closing.

Wish I got to see this show, but nothing really compelled me to see it.
BR212
Swing
joined:12/8/11
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 03:28pm
I don't understand how Chaplin is closing and Scandalous is still running. Chaplin had far better attendance and per ticket average. KLG cannot be bankrolling it on her own...
Mr Roxy
Broadway Legend
joined:5/17/03
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 03:38pm
Another good show bites the dust. You have to have a death wish to invest in Broadway.
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CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 04:19pm
I've heard the cast recoding and it's wonderful too. It's being released digitally tonight.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
frankywhitley
Chorus Member
joined:10/29/12
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 04:32pm
why is this closing and scandalous is still open? wtf.
newintown
Broadway Legend
joined:3/3/10
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 04:37pm
Because Scandalous has the $$ of a big church behind it, and all Chaplin has is independent investors who put a bit of money into this show despite the fact that it's never received anything but bad notices in its prior incarnations, leaving one to wonder if those investors can't read or were just seeking a (finite) tax write-off.

Short form: Chaplin's investors are finished with their show; Scandalous' aren't yet.
CATSNYrevival
Broadway Legend
joined:3/1/04
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 04:42pm
^They're not finished. They do plan to tour it, but not until 2014 which makes me think it'll end up being on of those tours that gets announced and never materializes.
That's right! Underscore mother-fu@#ers!
Movidude742
Stand-by
joined:6/1/11
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/3/12 at 07:49pm
"I have heard of mean ways (e-mails just before performances) and nice (if nice is possible - the producers sitting down after a Sunday show, and telling the cast and staff in person and with humanity)."

I know of one ensemble member who was on vacation when her show posted a closing notice so she found out via facebook newsfeed

wonkit
Broadway Legend
joined:9/30/08
CHAPLIN to Close on Broadway January 6
Posted: 12/4/12 at 11:24am
I usually resist responding to most posts, but not today. Must be the weather. Newintown - investors do not invest in shows looking for (or even being satisfied with) tax deductions. To have a useful tax deduction, one must have income and a high marginal tax rate: most high net worth individuals and businesses have PLENTY of tax carryovers from 2009, thank you very much. As far as my research indicates, investing in theater requires the same skills as investing in anything: what am I willing to put at risk, what do I think about the product, how long am I willing to wait to see any of my money back. If there is a story/music/book/production that has possibilities, investors invest expecting to make their money back. They can and do read, understand and weight the risks. Just be glad they are willing to do it because otherwise you would have nothing to spew your venom at. You are so consistently negative about shows and the industry in general that I wonder at your lack of gratitude for those who make it possible in the first place. You will be visited by three ghosts...

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