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Friday, September 19, 2008


Stage Addiction: The [Title] Comes To A Close

Shoes keep dropping on Broadway...[Title of Show] will shutter on October 12, sadly coinciding with the closure of the other (openly) gay musical on Broadway, Xanadu. The Great White Way just got a lot less fabulous.

Although not entirely unexpected, TOS's closing still seems like an ominous portent. It comes at a time when most theatre in New York is suffering a rapidly shrinking audience base in light of the new economic realities of our town, our financial center (and our tourism industry). Unless your show has the words Billy and Elliot in the title, you're doing less business than you expected. Even "hits" like Equus and All My Sons are selling fewer tickets than their star-laden casts would normally pull.

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Blogger NATHANIEL R said...

while it's not a "simple" solution... i wonder how come nobody in power ever realizes that it's just too expensive to go to the theater.

I L-O-V-E theater and I almost never go anymore. How can i justify $100+ for 2 hours of entertainment when almost anything else to fill two hours of one's time, save maybe a hooker ;) is cheaper

9/20/08, 11:35 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...

I think people do realize that tickets are pricing out the middle class. But it's hard to argue when there are people gladly paying $400 for a premium seat to BILLY ELLIOT. I mean, if you could get four times the money for the same product, why wouldn't you?

NOW I'll tell you why not...because the $400 people are not going to support your business in the long term. They're not going to go to multiple shows. They don't love the theatre in that obsessive way.

I understand the pricing, and I also understand why it's suicidal.

9/20/08, 1:20 PM  

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