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12 Days of Enron

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Posted: 5/5/10 at 2:54am
yeap it has announced it is closing at the Broadhurst after 12 days since opening, obviously did not find its market like it did in London, the story may also be a bit too sensitive for the American market, diubt if we will see a play called 'Mandoff' now.

Like any closure this is sad, especially when a British team is involved.

Some theatre real estate in starting to come available now, for off Broadway transfers of 'Scottsboro Bro' and 'Hank'


Enron, British playwright Lucy Prebble's timely-as-today's-headlines play about American corporate greed and white-collar crime, will not be repeating its London success on Broadway. Producers told the cast on May 4 that the New York production will shutter on May 9, just 12 days after opening.

BroadwaysBestShows.com, the marketing and ticket-selling site associated with the production, reported the closing.

Enron earned four Tony Award nominations on May 4, but did not snag a Best Play nomination, a nod traditionally significant in boosting box office. For the week of April 26-May 2, according to figures provided by The Broadway League, Enron grossed $234,196, representing 66 percent of potential capacity. The average paid admission was $37.63.

By close, Enron will have played 22 previews and 15 regular performances.

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Posted: 5/5/10 at 3:05am
Actually shocked. It is consistently sold out in London.
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 4:31am
Yep, its well into its 14 week extension in London and I hear the advance for the tour is pretty good in most theatres already.
Aug 14th is its closing date in London.
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 3:00pm
Just anothr example of America's insular approach to its society.

Given that this play/entertainment focused on corporate greed and is being staged at a time when America is awash with another huge wave of corporate greed, is it any wonder the American's haven't taken to it?

Also it might be a little too intellectual and revealing in its analysis of the Enron scandel and its impact (or lack of impact) on American financial regulation!
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 3:08pm
lol
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 3:47pm
Certainly agree with that, a few home truths there, a bit of reality medicine!!!

Thats what I mean about doing a play on 'Mandoff' or even 'Goldman Sachs', the play never going to happen.

One problem with Enron, was the same as 'Spring Awakening' over here it had too many hungry mouths to feed.

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Posted: 5/5/10 at 4:20pm
When does the Tony Award nominated CD come out??????????????????????????????????
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 5:54pm
Can't say I'm particularly surprised - Americans are never that comfortable laughing at themselves and, try as they might, they still don't get irony. That best score Tony nom does make me laugh, though.
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 10:42pm
Bigger theatre, no names, more expensive = flop in NY.
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Posted: 5/5/10 at 11:12pm
I think the marketing was also a problem for the Broadway production. They advertised it as the big hit from the West End, but didn't emphasize the music, raptors, light sabers, and everything else that really set it apart. Lots of people who don't follow theatre that closely assumed it was going to be a very dry (and probably very long) lesson in economics and the ads didn't do much to change that perception.
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Posted: 5/6/10 at 4:12am
Hotjohn, do you think it will be a double CD with a 96 page booklet?
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Posted: 5/7/10 at 10:13am
Also it might be a little too intellectual and revealing in its analysis of the Enron scandel and its impact (or lack of impact) on American financial regulation!

Or perhaps it's not intellectual or revealing enough to cover any territory Americans aren't already overly familiar with.

Americans are never that comfortable laughing at themselves and, try as they might, they still don't get irony.

You're kidding, right? Americans have been doing exactly that for generations in television, theatre and film. Ever heard of All in the Family, The Simpsons, South Park, Avenue Q, Urinetown, John Guare, David Mamet, Christopher Durang, Edward Albee, Saturday Night Live, Second City, Christopher Guest, Sasha Baron Cohen, the majority of American stand-up comedians... You weren't being serious, right?
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Updated On: 5/7/10 at 10:13 AM
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Posted: 5/7/10 at 12:19pm
I'm not totally convinced it was a British/American thing at all that made it flop.

Could it not just be that in the UK it had six months to hype itself up from its two previous limited runs (at the Minerva Theatre in Chichester and then the Royal Court in London) before it opened in the West End? Both those theatres (a) are pretty small, and (b) have loyal audiences who will see every show there, so both sold out very quickly - so in addition to already having two sets of great reviews, the audience had also had to wait a few months for the West End transfer before they could see it, which would have hyped it up even more.

On Broadway it didn't have any of that - just a few press quotes and photos from the London run. I get the impression that they were just trying to sell it as "the new hit show from London".
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Posted: 5/13/10 at 1:40am
"Also it might be a little too intellectual and revealing in its analysis of the Enron scandel and its impact (or lack of impact) on American financial regulation!"

Well I don't think that's the case since it wasn't factually accurate - at all. Lot of artistic license taken, which is fine, I guess, but negates the above comment.