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Below are BroadwayWorld.com's blogs from Monday, January 12, 2009. Catch up below on anything that you might have missed from BroadwayWorld.com's bloggers!

Robert Patrick Shares a Memory of Tom O'Horgan
by Michael Dale - January 12, 2009

As Broadway prepares for another mounting of Hair, the theatre community has received the sad news that the innovative director who helped make that musical such a success, Tom O'Horgan, has passed away. I asked the legendary and colorful playwright Robert Patrick to share a remembrance...

"I was present at the turning point in Tom's life. Having started at the Caffe Cino in 1963 and then having re-formed the world's ideas of movement and mounting onstage at Ellen Stewart's La Mama with Paul Foster's Tom Paine and Rochelle Owens' Futz!, and on Broadway with the Ragni/Rado/McDermott Hair, Tom was wooed and pursued to direct Jesus Christ, Superstar for Broadway. He didn't want to and called me to ask if I had a script he could return to Off-Off Broadway with. Indeed, I had. We were lounging in Tom's bedroom planning our production when Tom's roommate poked his head in the door and said there was an urgent call from the producer of Superstar. Tom turned red with anger, tossed his hair, and said, ‘I'll get rid of him for once and for all.' He came back with his face gray from shock and said, ‘Bob, I've got to do Superstar. You wouldn't believe the money they just offered me.'"

Photo: Tom O'Horgan in the film of Futz!

 


Broadway Grosses: Week Ending 1/11 & Algonquin Round Table Quote of the Week
by Michael Dale - January 12, 2009

"A little bad taste is like a nice dash of paprika."

-- Dorothy Parker

 

The grosses are out for the week ending 1/11/2009 and we've got them all right here in BroadwayWorld.com's grosses section.

Up for the week was: HEDDA GABLER (19.7%), ALL MY SONS (6.4%), AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (5.0%), SPEED THE PLOW (1.7%), IN THE HEIGHTS (1.3%), GYPSY (0.3%),

Down for the week was: CHICAGO (-19.1%), SHREK THE MUSICAL (-18.6%), MARY POPPINS (-18.1%), EQUUS (-9.9%), THE LITTLE MERMAID (-9.0%), THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (-7.1%), THE LION KING (-6.3%), MAMMA MIA! (-5.2%), SPRING AWAKENING (-3.9%), BILLY ELLIOT: THE MUSICAL (-3.7%), PAL JOEY (-2.9%), JERSEY BOYS (-2.2%), WICKED (-1.9%), SPAMALOT (-1.5%), AVENUE Q (-0.8%), SOUTH PACIFIC (-0.1%),




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