Monday, September 08, 2008

South Pacific Rules Box Office as Broadway Biz Plunges ....

Last week on shaky Broadway stages (perhaps a back-to-school phenomenon), most shows suffered drastic declines in patronage, the worst being a not so merry Mary Poppins , down by 46.7% to a meager 46.5% capacity.

Among other surprising losers, Spring Awakening filled up only 51% of the seats; Grease, 55.5%; Legally Blond, 49.9%. Recent departures include the long-running Rent and A Chorus Line, which enjoyed a nearly two year run on the revival boards and is now touring.

Most remarkably, South Pacific in revival for the first time ruled the pack at 99.8% followed by Wicked (98.2%)

Rodgers and Hammerstein must be smiling brightly wherever they are.

3 comments:

Alan Cabal said...

Nostalgia is the core of fascism. SOUTH PACIFIC is entirely appropriate right now. Of course, so is EVIL DEAD --- THE MUSICAL.

Alan Cabal said...

This just about says it all:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCL43IHXUpA

This election would make a good musical. What is that quote about history repeating, first as tragedy, then as farce?

Alan Cabal said...

Unfortunately, Don Covington has no interest in seeking the Presidency.

Ron Paul would have been a reasonable substitute.