Have We Seen the Last of the Great Comet?

GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
I've been thinking about this show a lot lately. Really one of the best things I've ever seen. I know the movie Kickstarter failed, but I remember around the time of closing Brittain Ashford tweeted something along the lines of "With the Comet done for the moment..." That was months ago so I doubt anything will come of it, but it's so sad to think that with touring obviously not a possibility this is probably the last we'll ever hear of this one.
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GreasedLightning
Featured Actor
joined:2/11/14
I wouldn't completely rule it out. Who knows if a Broadway transfer is in the works (with no appropriate theatre available at the moment or in the near future) or if a return off-Broadway engagement will happen. This was clearly a well-liked, popular event in the New York theatre realm and I doubt we've seen the last of it.
Phyllis Rogers Stone
Broadway Legend
joined:9/16/07
I really love the score.
oncemorewithfeeling2
Stand-by
joined:4/25/13
I hope not. The should it-it shouldn't transfer argument has been had many, many times, but like it was said, this was a well-liked and well-received production. The cast was marvelous, but the music was a step beyond that and I think it deserves to be heard by more people.
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
The last I heard the cast had offers to be in a Broadway transfer for the fall, depending on securing a theatre. The specific theatre I had heard mentioned will not be available come fall, so who knows if the transfer is looking for other options or if it's not going to come to pass.
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GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
I assume the theatre they were looking after is the Circle in the Square, provided they wanted to keep the Kazino angle. I know The River is going into Circle in the Square downtown. Is the regular Circle booked?
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BroadwayGuy12
Broadway Star
joined:12/22/07
I would love to have this show back in New York. I saw it twice and loved it both times, and it breaks my heart a little to walk down 45th Street and see that empty lot.
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RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
What other Circle? Hugh is playing Broadway.

Also, this is way too big of a show to put into the Circle and expect to return a profit. It's a tough sell regardless. I don't see why they couldn't tour it. Set it down in Chicago for a few months in a tent. In LA. In Seattle.
FindingNamo
Broadway Legend
joined:7/22/03
I would think it tapped the New York market. I would probably go see it again in a theater but maybe they should wait a few years for the big ticket audiences to catch up.
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jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
The theatre I had heard was a proscenium theatre, not Circle in the Square. So presumably they were making plans to modify the environmental staging. Perhaps not unlike whatever Jujamcyn was planning for GREAT COMET at the St. James.

But as I said, plans must be changing as the fall real estate picture is not what it was when I last heard an update.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
According to this, The River is playing on Bleecker Street. I'll admit I only checked it out for the purposes of this thread, and didn't know another Circle existed.
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jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
Ohhh, BWW. Ever a reliable source.

They are playing on 50th. The website for the show plainly states that.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
Hugh Jackman at the Bleeker St. would be one hot ticket, ha.

The problem with COMET is that it's just such a big show. I wonder if the show even made a profit Off-Broadway or came class? I think it could work in a normal theater, just extend some ramps into the audience, build some platforms in the audience or something or just keep it flat on the sage.
matineeidol2591
Understudy
joined:6/10/09
I certainly hope we don't see the end of Comet in NYC. By far my favorite theatrical experience of 2013.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
It's not THAT large. It's a unit set and the cast is still smaller than a standard Broadway musical.

It would require a lot of restaging and re-thinking; the whole supper club atmosphere was integral to the production. I don't think the piece needs that kind of staging to be effective (the score holds up extremely well on its own on the cast recording), but a transfer would require a lot of re-designing and re-thinking.
RippedMan
Broadway Legend
joined:8/14/05
I guess you're right. It just seems like a fairly large show.

And I agree. I think it could hold up as a traditional proscenium musical, but it would lose some flair. I think the Winter Garden would be a nice fit. It has that wrap around balcony and it's so wide, it would work well if they had platforms out in the audience, etc.
Mr. Nowack
Broadway Star
joined:2/2/14
I too think that it stands up well detached from the staging, as someone who loves the score and the cast album but didn't have a chance to actually experience it.
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themysteriousgrowl
Broadway Legend
joined:11/10/10

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Brave Sir Robin2
Broadway Legend
joined:5/20/07
It should play Rockwell Table + Stage in Los Angeles. Perfect venue for the show!
mjohnson2
Broadway Star
joined:11/2/13
Okay, everybody forgets this:

Great Comet closed from a COMMERCIAL run because ticket sales dried up. It wasn't ever a limited run, and it didn't recoup its budget, so a Broadway transfer would be highly unlikely unless somebody with a lot of money decided to take an interest in the show.
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Wilmingtom
Broadway Star
joined:7/18/11
Regional theaters are already lining up for this. "New York is the center of New York. There's a whole country out there!"
jnb9872
Broadway Legend
joined:11/24/08
I may be mistaken, but given the unusual grounds on which the show was staged, I believe it was limited to a certain timeframe they were allowed in that lot last year. Not to mention that new investors might infuse the show with more marketing and try and capitalize on rave reviews, being "on Broadway" as opposed to "off" which does matter to some, sadly, and also maybe reconceive how the food menu works (if they keep that at all in a Broadway house) there are different fiscal considerations to consider.

But I agree in general, that regional theatres should be champing at the bit to license so if NYC has seen the last of the Great Comet, the nation at large will only just start.
Words don't deserve that kind of malarkey. They're innocent, neutral, precise, standing for this, describing that, meaning the other, so if you look after them you can build bridges across incomprehension and chaos. But when they get their corners knocked off, they're no good anymore…I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little.
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
"It wasn't ever a limited run"

It actually WAS a limited run, both in the Meatpacking distract and in midtown. The midtown engagement even extended.
Updated On: 6/26/14 at 06:48 PM
GlindatheGood22
Broadway Legend
joined:7/17/07
Listening to Sonya Alone now. I know No One Else is acknowledged as the gem of the score but I am much more partial to this one. The first time I saw the show I remember saying "Is the cousin ever gonna do anything?" at intermission. Then the second act started and Brittain Ashford stood on the far side of the room and sang this angelic song about her devotion to her friend and it was one of those rare moments in my theatre-going history where I knew I was in the presence of something very, very special and I didn't want it to be over. I'm getting teary just thinking about it. I think I'd give up Sleep No More for the rest of my life if it meant another live Sonya Alone. :)
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