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Posted: 10/10/15 at 3:03pm

I know there is a show that is already set and contracted to go into the theatre next because Paul Wontorek said he knows what is going in next, but what is it? Anyone know?

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 5:13pm

Gotta Dance 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 5:19pm

OMG get out!!! It already has a theatre set?? It hasnt even had a single performance yet! wowowowo

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 5:38pm

Nothing has been announced for that theatre and Gotta Dance has not announced a Broadway engagement. 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 5:50pm

No idea. I have a theory, and the longer it goes without a show lined up for spring the more likely my theory becomes. But that's all it is, a theory.

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 6:15pm

Kad said: "Nothing has been announced for that theatre and Gotta Dance has not announced a Broadway engagement. 

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ive only ever posted as Philly and now as this. They need to unban me. also, Gotta Dance is slated as Broadway Bound, so it wouldnt surprise me if it did open at the Neil Simon

 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 6:57pm

kamicokrolock said: "No idea. I have a theory, and the longer it goes without a show lined up for spring the more likely my theory becomes. But that's all it is, a theory."

I want to hear this theory

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 8:04pm

Same

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 8:08pm

I, too, would like to hear this theory. The theatre has become a terrible flop house. Jesus Christ Superstar would have run longer had it not been in the dreadful Neil Simon. 

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 9:45pm

Call_me_jorge said:

 

I want to hear this theory"

Ok, but keep in mind this is just based on my own rambling thoughts.

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Why? In April Beowulf Boritt did an interview on here and  when asked  he said the show was locked into a specific preview period and opening night (which to me says that they have a venue lined up). After considering other factors, the Simon seemed like the most likely candidate. Plus, the Japanese media is pretty convinced it's happening, and there is something in the way the cast and creative team are talking about this show makes me think that they know something we don't. However, It seems like they are waiting to see how the show does in Japan before making any type of commitment, (this spring or otherwise). But, since we're getting later and later into the season without a new show announcement for the Simon  in the spring, It makes me more and more suspicious that it may be the venue they have in mind if they decide to go for it. 

I'm waiting to see if my hunch is spot on or way off. I should know in the next month or two.

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 9:59pm

Lets not forget Bright Star

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 10:41pm

Andrew Lloyd Webber2 said: "Lets not forget Bright Star"

 

I could definitely see Bright Star taking the Simon. And then flopping.

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Posted: 10/10/15 at 10:46pm

Does breaking through have a chance at transferring this season?

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 4:06pm

Andrew Lloyd Webber2 said: "I, too, would like to hear this theory. The theatre has become a terrible flop house. Jesus Christ Superstar would have run longer had it not been in the dreadful Neil Simon. 

 

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I really don't buy into the cursed theatres idea. How many people book a show based on the theatre it's in?!. If a show is good, and is something  people want to see, they will come regardless of the venue

 

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 5:11pm

Exactly, Princeton.  While location can sometimes have an effect on a show's walk up sales, I question how many tourists, which we know are the life-blood in terms of keeping a show open, are buying tickets day of. I would wager that the large majority of tourists are buying tickets in advance, and if they didn't buy something in advance are more likely to go to TKTS rather than just walk past a theatre and randomly decide to buy a ticket.

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 10:26pm

This has nothing to do with a curse an everything to do with simple economics. A big theater = a more costly rental. If your show can only draw 900-1100 people per night, why bother with a 1600 seat house? You're sealing your own fate! 

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 11:37pm

Lincoln Center seems to do just fine without walk-ups - being for far uptown. RENT ran for how long being in the "off the beaten path" Nederlander? I don't think there's such thing as a curse. Just a terrible production/show. JCS was an AWFUL production. Josh Young was terribly miscast, Paul Nolan looked dead-eyed, and the staging was very Vegas circa 1992. 

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Posted: 10/11/15 at 11:42pm

RE: JCS - I never fully grasped the hoopla behind that revival. Ladies went gaga over Young, and I just was severely underwhelmed b the whole ordeal. And, I'm a fan of Des. Hopefully, *whatever's* next for the Simon, It will be something worthwhile of packing in 1800 seats.

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Posted: 10/12/15 at 12:44am

As for PRINCE OF BROADWAY, why do I think that the Shuberts were involved. If so, would it be going into a Nederlander house?

As for "flop houses" - I DO believe that the theaters off the beaten track (like in EBroa - as Hedwig put it) may have a slightly harder time with spur of the moment sales - especially at TKTS, where "out of sight, out of mind" may be a factor. (However, perhaps aside from CHICAGO, being a hit at TKTS is not a way to make money). The first time I visited the Neil Simon was to see HAIRSPRAY, which was a big hit. Each house has its characteristics which make it better suited for some productions than others. Not only size, but stage/wing/fly space, pit space, and yes, location.

As to being too far north, yeah a whole block further than the much larger Gershwin, which certainly hasn't had a problem for the past dozen years.

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Posted: 10/12/15 at 12:43pm

Other than The Last Ship, most of the musicals that have been at the Simon since Hairspray have been crap. It's unfair to blame the theater on that.

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Posted: 10/12/15 at 12:54pm

Just to clarify, the Simon seats 1445... not 1600 or 1800. Just wanted to point that out as it is a significant difference. 

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Posted: 12/7/15 at 12:44pm

Could it be Whorl Inside a Loop? They are getting a star after all. As for Gotta Dance, it would be foolish for them to come in this season. Prince of Broadway should also wait.

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Posted: 12/7/15 at 12:56pm

The Wiz ? (Depending that it is coming in the fall of 2016)

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Posted: 12/7/15 at 1:00pm

Wiz is coming in Fall. I'd assume they'd want a booking for the Spring. 

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Posted: 12/7/15 at 1:05pm
Apparently, Gotta Dance is postponing their New York engagement until next season =/