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GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE... - Staying Power

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LimelightMike
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joined:6/21/06
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 04:32pm
GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE..., having opened this past week, I was curious as to what the consensus was as to its staying power through the holidays and into the new year. The reviews by all accounts were ridiculously strong, many of them rave reviews. With the positive word of mouth spreading, do you all think that it will have a life, surviving the wintertime chopping block? I ask more so from the perspective of someone still looking to buy tickets, and dreading an email sighting in early closing date for a performance I would likely be booking in January or February.
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Theater'sBestFriend
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 04:39pm
One way to help you gauge that is by following weekly Briadway grosses. They are posted on this site (as well as others) each Monday.
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loliveve
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:01pm
^ I'm pretty sure that LimelightMike has known that for quite a while.
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PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:41pm
I think it's going to be running for a very long time.
yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
HoundDoggydog
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:43pm
My guess is that despite the great reviews, they start seeing really low numbers in January/February, but do their best to fight through to try and get to the Tony's in hopes that Jefferson Mays will win. Not sure if they will be able to though. And if Tony season doesn't go well for them, they will be done for.
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Jordan Catalano
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joined:10/9/05
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:43pm
I hope you're right, PJ. I had such a great time at this show!
oasisjeff
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joined:11/15/07
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 05:45pm
Let's hope so, I booked it for March already...
Now t/d/b/a haterobics on here.
Theater'sBestFriend
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 06:03pm
"My guess is that despite the great reviews.... if Tony season doesn't go well for them, they will be done for."

Why so pessimistic about their prospects?
HoundDoggydog
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 06:19pm
While I think the show is sort of fun and cute, I don't think it merits a full price ticket purchase, and believe eventually audiences will begin to feel the same way. I could be wrong, just my prediction.
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mjohnson2
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joined:11/2/13
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 06:21pm
This is a show that just doesn't have that appeal that is needed. If it were premiering off-broadway, or in London, or in the 1990's, I would say yes, but nowadays, no.
Anything regarding shows stated by this account is an attempt to convey opinion and not fact.
Hair-Do Lempke
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joined:11/18/13
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 09:30pm
Despite all the glowing reviews, I think this is a real 'word-of-mouth' show, which is why I received the Deep Discount Offer in my Email this week. It will make more people willing to take a chance on it and spread the (hopefully good) word.

Even if they have rough weeks in January & February, the producers are going to keep this show going till Tony time. I think this show has a lot of industry good-will behind it. It's a solid show with terrific performances (the score has been rather underrated) and has been created by fresh theater writer talents. All the reason to support it.

GENTLEMAN'S GUIDE reminds me of much of Peter Mills works, particularly the luscious THE PURSUIT OF PERSEPHONE. I'd love to see that on Broadway!

Updated On: 11/22/13 at 09:30 PM
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ClydeBarrow
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joined:6/20/12
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 09:59pm
"Why so pessimistic about their prospects?"

I believe the thread was asking about whether or not the show will last. God forbid someone thinks a show won't run forever.

I personally don't see it lasting that long even with those reviews.
"Pardon my prior Mcfee slip. I know how to spell her name. I just don't know how to type it." -Talulah
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PalJoey
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joined:3/11/04
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 10:13pm
I do.
yr pal,
joey




Blocked so far: suestorm, Master Bates
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jayinchelsea
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joined:4/9/09
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 10:50pm
Totally agree, PalJoey. Audience loved it, and those were a pretty amazing set of reviews. Unless the producers are unwilling to spend the money to publicize the show, this should have a long run, and Tony noms in many categories.
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HogansHero
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joined:2/26/12
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 10:54pm
It's not an expensive show. It'll survive without a problem on the strength of the reviews. It doesn't need to sell full price tickets to make money.
Theater'sBestFriend
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 11:11pm
"I'm pretty sure that LimelightMike has known that for quite a while."

Cool. And now others know too. That's what boards have over emailing.
Theater'sBestFriend
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 11:17pm
"I believe the thread was asking about whether or not the show will last. God forbid someone thinks a show won't run forever. "

And God forbid someone should be encouraged to elaborate.
Broadwaystar2
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joined:9/4/13
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Posted: 11/22/13 at 11:21pm
Not only will it last. But I see it being nominated for Best Musical. If ANOTHER jukebox musical can demand top dollar, I don't see why this one with such BEAUTIFUL original music, stellar acting, solid book, and all around great cast can't. I'm rooting for them!
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RippedMan
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joined:8/14/05
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 12:33am
Were all the theaters that it had it's "Tryouts" at on as producers?
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HogansHero
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 12:52am
both of them received "in association with" credit.
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loliveve
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 01:18am
Theater'sBestFriend- my point was simply that LimelightMike is not a newbie, so since you were pointing out the obvious, I did too.

and PalJoey- I hope it runs for a long time as well! I keep recommending it to people who I know who live there, or how are going to be visiting NYC.
Theater'sBestFriend
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 09:03am
Thanks Loliveve - no hard feelings at all. My point was that, while these chat room discussions can have the appearance of an intimate conversation among a small circle of participants, a much larger audience is actually reading them. For example, as I write, regarding this thread:

Number of postings = 20
Number of Viewings = 1,819

Since it's impossible to say who's a veteran and who's a newbie among the viewers, I think it's nice to be inclusive of all.

Luv2goToShows
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joined:9/13/09
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 10:22am
"Since it's impossible to say who's a veteran and who's a newbie among the viewers, I think it's nice to be inclusive of all. "

Theater'sBestFriend, you can get an idea of who are veterans and who are newbies by looking under their name on the left side of the post. It has date joined, the site also gives you a title according to how frequent you post.


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Updated On: 11/23/13 at 10:22 AM
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LimelightMike
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 04:19pm
Thanks for the feedback, guys!

As something of an update, I was able to nab Row D for a performance in January. How *is* Row D? The set looks gorgeous, I'd want to be able to take it all in! :)
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)
Luv2goToShows
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joined:9/13/09
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Posted: 11/23/13 at 06:54pm
Row D is the 2nd Row, the stage is not overly high, the set stage is a few steps up it is set back a bit so your view should be great.
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LimelightMike
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joined:6/21/06
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Posted: 11/24/13 at 12:23am
Excellent nes!

Evidently, Telecharge isn't selling Row C. At all. Haven't seen ANY seats made available. Is that rush? That would be the only logical explanation. Haha.
LimelightMike's 2010-2011 Theatergoing Schedule: THE PITMEN PAINTERS (10.03.10) A LIFE IN THE THEATRE (10.10.10) BLOODY BLOODY ANDREW JACKSON (10.16.10) THE SCOTTSBORO BOYS (11.06.10) WOMEN ON THE VERGE OF A NERVOUS BREAKDOWN (11.13.10) BRIEF ENCOUNTER (11.22.10) THE PEE-WEE HERMAN SHOW (11.28.10) LA BETE (12.23.10) A SMALL FIRE (01.13.11) THAT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON (03.09.11) ARCADIA (03.16.11) BLACK TIE (03.19.11) PRISCILLA: QUEEN OF THE DESERT (03.21.11) THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST (03.26.11) BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (03.30.11) GHETTO KLOWN (03.31.11) HOW TO SUCCEED... (04.07.11) ANYTHING GOES (04.12.11) JERUSALEM (04.20.11) SISTER ACT (04.29.11) iHO: (05.22.11)

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