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Well, my "little vacation" ended up lasting two and a half years... funny how life steers your life in directions you weren't planning on. I'll start off with occasional posts, but I fully plan to resume this blog to full speed by the new year.

I hope you'll come back for frequent visits, to see new reviews, to share opinions, to take a survey (or two), and to celebrate the shows and show people that have made the TheatreScene!

Jeff

Sunday, October 9, 2011

TheatreScene: The Week in Photos: October 3 - 9

Here's the Theatre Scene for the week just past!

BROADWAY BOX OFFICE (September 26 - October 2)

Highest Gross: Wicked: $1.5M

The Book of Mormon:
Highest Average Attendance: 102.6%
Highest Average Ticket Price: $149.71


Biggest Drop in Attendance: Memphis - 6.3%


Now in Previews:
  • The Mountaintop: Previews: September 13; Opens October 13
  • Relatively Speaking: Previews: September 20; Opens October 20
  • Chinglish: Previews: October 11; Opens October 27
  • Other Desert Cities: Previews: October 12; Opens November 3
  • Venus in Fur: Previews: October 13; November 8
  • Godspell: Previews: October 13; Opens November 7
BROADWAY SHOW NEWS:

October 4:
  • Grammy Award winning recording artist Alicia Keys is not only a producer of the new play Stick Fly, but she will be writing its score.
  • The Broadway League and Actors' Equity have reached a tentative agreement regarding commercial proffessional and touring productions.  If the members agree to the new contract, it will be retroactive to September 25, 2011 and will last into 2015.
  • The Des McAnuff production of Jesus Christ Superstar will be coming to the Neil Simon Theatre beginning March 1st.  Looks like Broadway really has found Jesus!
October 5:
  • Funny Girl will be taking over the Imperial Theatre this spring following the January 8 departure of Billy Elliot.
October 6:

  • No matter what you call it or think about it, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess will be a limited engagement, playing the Richard Rodgers Theatre only through June 24.  I'm guessing, though, if ticket sales and Audra's pre-ordained Tony (Ben has already said it was so.) are through the roof, Bess'll be Porgy's woman longer than that.
  • Good News!  The Original Broadway Cast Recording of Elf: The Musical  will be released November 1!!

October 9:

  • Man and Boy opened today at The American Airlines Theatre.


BROADWAY CASTING NEWS:

  • Jeremy Woodard, who has been with Rock of Ages since it started, finally took over the role of Stacee Jaxx for good in that show on October 3rd.
  • Brooke Shields will NOT be continuing with the Broadway-bound musical, Leap of Faith.
  • Fred Melamed has departed the now previewing Relatively Speaking.


Jeff
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