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Tony casualties!

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Tony casualties!#1
Posted: 6/9/09 at 4:42am
Now that the dust is beginning to settle on an extraordinary night for British talent on the Great White Way (I have never understood where that name came from - is it to do with the lights?), I would expect to hear that shows are closing having failed to secure the patronage of the Tony Award.

The first of those is Neil La Bute's play 'Reasons To Be Pretty', which has just annnounced that it is to close on the 14th June.

Will '33 Variations' be next?

Many producers wait in expectant hope that their show will triumph and generate fresh interest and increase box office revenues. Failure to win a Tony will now begin the difficult thought processes of how viable a product do producers have and how well can they sustain it in a difficult market place, economically.

There is no denying that for many of the new musical's, '9 to 5' and in particular 'Shrek' the night was a disaster. 'Shrek' winning only 1 award for Tim Hatley for Best Costume Design. '9 to 5' came away empty handed.

'Shrek' has been heavily discounting (if the offers I receive in my inbox is anything to go by) is it struggling?

What the Tonys coverage did do, brilliantly may I add, was act as a window display for the depth and variety of musical fare on offer. The clip from 'Shrek' was a joy and simply amazing.

The disjointed clip I saw of '9 to 5' as part of the Opening sequence, didn't make me want to rush out and see it.

However, having said that to be featured on the Tony show may have a positive effect on ticket sales.

The overall coverage, ignoring the technical issues, was a wonderful and glorious variety show, a celebration of all that is great in American Musical theatre and theatre in general. (Olivier Awards, please take note!).

The coming days and weeks will be interesting, in seeing, which shows, if any, join the list of Tony casualties.





Updated On: 6/9/09 at 04:42 AM
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re: Tony casualties!#2
Posted: 6/9/09 at 4:54am
I have a bad feeling about 9-5... which upsets me because i love Megan Hilty re: Tony casualties!
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re: Tony casualties!#2
Posted: 6/9/09 at 5:13am
33 Variations comes off in a few weeks anyway. Limited run cut short by a few days due to Miss Fondas prior commitment. Its on its way to London.
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re: Tony casualties!#3
Posted: 6/9/09 at 8:32am
urgh is that coming here

It got pretty naff reviews didnt it?
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re: Tony casualties!#4
Posted: 6/9/09 at 3:13pm
Broadways 'Guys and Dolls' is to finish its run on the 14th June 2009.

How many more will go to the wall?


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re: Tony casualties!#5
Posted: 6/9/09 at 3:39pm
33 VARIATIONS closed last month:



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re: Tony casualties!#6
Posted: 6/9/09 at 5:06pm
33 Variations closed on Thursday 21st May (I was at the last performance).

Although I only booked tickets to see Jane Fonda in the flesh, it turned out to be the one show, out of six that we saw that week, that we couldn't stop talking about. There was something about it that totally captivated us even though we were jet-lagged and have no interest in Beethoven.
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re: Tony casualties!#7
Posted: 6/9/09 at 5:23pm
"Now that the dust is beginning to settle on an extraordinary night for British talent on the Great White Way (I have never understood where that name came from - is it to do with the lights?)"

There was a snowstorm on Broadway in February 1902 and Shep Friedman in the New York "Morning Telegraph" described it as the "Great White Way". Later the name was taken up again, referring to the bright lights of the theatre district on the stretch of Broadway between 42nd and 53rd streets.
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re: Tony casualties!#8
Posted: 6/9/09 at 5:32pm
Appreciate that Bob!

I predict Guys and Dolls will close!
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re: Tony casualties!#9
Posted: 6/9/09 at 10:15pm

"I predict Guys and Dolls will close!"


Consideringh that it was announced several hours ago that it will be closing on June 14th, I'd say that's a fairly safe prediction.
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re: Tony casualties!#10
Posted: 6/9/09 at 10:23pm
Sadly i was only able to catch the last 30mins or so of '33 Variations' and it is an intriquing peice. It only ever played to under 50% on Broadway but its still gonna play London come December.
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re: Tony casualties!#11
Posted: 6/18/09 at 4:44pm
To add to the shows already closed or had planned closure, we now have August Osage; Irena's Vow and now the most lauded play of the last season Norman Conquests.

Does anyone know what show's musical or plays are scheduled to come to NY?
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re: Tony casualties!#12
Posted: 6/18/09 at 5:16pm
Once again, I'd like to big up "33 Variations" a spellbinding show - Zach Grenier as Beethoven was robbed of his Tony. Mama, how on Earth did you manage to catch only the last 30 mins - what were you doing?