The Palace Is Under Attack

Phantom of London
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 12:56pm
The Palace Theatre has been given a $200,000 renovation for Holler If Ya Hear Me, the new Broadway musical inspired by the lyrics of Tupac Shakur that will begin performances May 29 towards a June 19 opening.

According to the Wall Street Journal, scenic designer Edward Pierce and the creatives of Holler have repositioned the ground-level orchestra seats into a stadium-seating configuration to "deepen the sense of intimacy" at the Palace.

"Everybody in those first few rows can basically high-five the actors," Pierce told the Wall Street Journal. "They're that close."

Rows A-J rise in a direct line from the edge of the stage up to the front mezzanine to focus the performers' delivery upward and rows K-Z of the orchestra will be unused, decreasing the house capacity to 1,120 seats (compared to the previous 1,740 seats). Holler is also responsible for returning the theatre's seating to its original state following its run (which currently remains open-ended).
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Mr Roxy
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 12:59pm
With the theater being ripped apart inside, I am reminded of Dude
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ClydeBarrow
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:00pm
Good to see that their capacity % won't seem as low after reducing their potential 35%.

following its run (which currently remains open-ended)

I can see this running for weeks, maybe even a couple months.
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dramamama611
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joined:12/4/07
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:07pm
Where is the attack? I don't see the big deal. They are altering the space for their needs. It will be returned to its original state when they close.
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AC126748
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:08pm
"Under attack"? A tad dramatic, don't you think?
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Eris0303
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:09pm
"Everybody in those first few rows can basically high-five the actors," Pierce told the Wall Street Journal. "They're that close."

That doesn't sound distracting at all...
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PlayItAgain
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joined:11/8/11
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:09pm
so instead of spending all this money why didnt they wait for one of the half dozen theaters that will surely be opening up shortly.....
ARTc3
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joined:8/5/13
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:09pm
Dude was a far more drastic renovation. This sounds like the seating configuration will remain proscenium. Dude was a very unique "in-the-round" configuration. It was basically achieved by raising the front orchestra and stage deck almost to the height of the mezzanine, then building seating where the stage would normally be and creating a playing area in the center of the room between what had been the stage and the now almost level mezzanine. To make it even more unique, the aisle were also used as playing spaces and the orchestra was scattered around the house with the conductor sort of floating above everything. It was very cool.

Dude also played, The Broadway Theatre.
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themysteriousgrowl
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:11pm

"Where is the attack?"

It's somewhere in the 12th line in Phantom of London's signature, which, sadly, actually exists.
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Mr Roxy
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:24pm
I knew it played the Broadway. I was just saying that the theater rearrangement reminded me of Dude
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Eris0303
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:28pm
The real question is "does anyone know if they need any steel". (There - I can now say my message board usage is work related).
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RippedMan
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joined:8/14/05
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:28pm
Glad to see they've actually got some money invested into this. I'm sure it will be a tough sell, but glad it's not going to be a cheap production.
TalkinLoud
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:37pm
Under attack by negroes!
Steve721
Stand-by
joined:2/21/14
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:42pm
Seeing just the title, I thought the OP was referring to the new show about King Charles III that is currently playing in London.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:46pm

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CurtainPullDowner
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The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 01:55pm
$200,000 is not a lot of money to do renovations.
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BroadwayShowTime
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joined:9/11/10
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:00pm
#HollerBway goes to new heights to expand the theatrical experience at the Palace Theatre: http://on.wsj.com/1kXkMLx pic.twitter.com/KhMkGt5j0Z





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HogansHero
Featured Actor
joined:2/26/12
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:13pm
They are building a superstructure over the existing seats. No attack. No damage. No difficult strike. It sounds silly but that is all.
Kad
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joined:11/5/05
The Palace Is Under Attack
Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:30pm
Maybe more of the theaters in the Phantom of London's jurisdiction should also be spending money on renovations...
Rainbowhigh23
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joined:3/29/12
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:43pm
That seating structure looks like the White Plains Performing Arts Center, or the theater that the Gazillion Bubble Show plays in.
ClapYo'Hands
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joined:11/29/09
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:55pm
"Maybe more of the theaters in the Phantom of London's jurisdiction should also be spending money on renovations..."

We don't need no weird seating configurations thank-you-very-much
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Liza's Headband
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 02:56pm
"It's somewhere in the 12th line in Phantom of London's signature, which, sadly, actually exists. "

Thank f*cking god you said that. SO TRUE.
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FishermanBob
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joined:7/9/12
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 03:08pm
^ You laugh now, but 4 months from now when you are working on a time sensitive project and desperately need to get a question answered from someone who saw the Fiddler on the Roof run at the Orchard Theater in Dartford, well then, you'll be whistling a different tune.
CarlosAlberto
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joined:6/29/10
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 03:09pm
I'm willing to wager that PhantomofLondon would not have had any problems with these modifications being done to the Palace if it were being doing for an all-white production.

What an incredibly melodramatic thread title to o along with that obnoxious signature of his.



Updated On: 4/22/14 at 03:09 PM
Phantom of London
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joined:3/26/08
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 03:33pm
Was the title 'Other Desert Cities', did that have bearing on the play? Just a bit of fun, calm down dear.

Anyway I always assumed that a Broadway house, could literally have its pick of shows, so on rent on the Palaces normal size, which is 6/7% of box office gross, so the Palace would rake in anything north of $70k a week, when a show has a capacity of 1800 with a drop of seating by 35% this would diminish there rent capability by $24.5k a week, so would allow the Nederlanders to collect roughly $45k a week in rent, I am basing this on a show that gross $1m a week.

Why did this go into Broadways biggest house, only to then reduce capacity.

I am surprised that the Nederlanders have dropped the ball here.
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Liza's Headband
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Posted: 4/22/14 at 04:00pm
We have absolutely no idea what the deal/arrangement is with the Nederlander Organization, and you're basing it all off general assumptions, so it's tough to take your hypothetical numbers seriously. (and your obnoxiously long signature)
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