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Broadway Shows Are Struggling

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This makes us sad!

Several Broadway plays are closing early due to poor sales at the box office, weak reviews, or a combination of both.

Even shows with big names aren't attracting customers. Shows such as Elling starring Brendan Fraser, La Bete starring David Hyde Pierce, and A Life in the Theatre starring T.R. Knight and Patrick Stewart, are all shutting down early.

In fact, La Bete and A Life in the Theatre had less than half-filled theaters last week. And Elling was forced to close after just one week!

The show's co-star, Tony Award-winner Denis O'Hare tweeted his disappointment:

What a world what a world…..got to be on CBS for the parade and oh, they are shutting down the play. One door shut, another window opens.

So unfortunate!

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7 comments to “Broadway Shows Are Struggling”

  1. 1

    It may be sad that theses shows are closing, but let's face it, until this economy turns around, nobody is going to shell out 2 to 300 dollars to see a Broadway show regardless of who is starring in it. Maybe lowering the price a bit mght help. Life goes on.

  2. 2

    Tickets have gotten outrageously expensive. I cant afford $30 to go see a show locally, let alone the $100-plus it costs in NYC. Heck, I don't even go to the movies anymore because of cost. Plus all those shows star men, and I'm just a little tired of seeing only men in starring roles. I'd only consider seeing a show that also starred an outstanding woman performer.

  3. 3

    Yes, the last time I went to see a Broadway show it was packed, but the economy wasn't in the toilet either. I stayed overnight afterward too, but I went to the Macy's parade the next day. I am sorry for some of these actors, but that is the way it is, plus whenever I think about staying in NYC anymore I think about bedbugs just because that is all you hear about. I stayed in a four star hotel, but supposedly even the Waldorf has bedbugs too. Can you imagine paying thousands for a room and getting bedbugs?

  4. 4

    b4 bringing a show to Bwy, producers should think if there's audience 4 it. Those 3 shows are rather unusual, kinda specific shows. Like the smaller movies, there's not always a big audience like there'd be 4 a blockbuster.

  5. 5

    They turned a movie about a person with Asperger syndrome into an ordinary stage comedy. Some of the special humor of the movie disappeared. That's probably some of the reason why it went tits up.

  6. 6

    Why don't they employ O'Bamanomics and increase ticket prices, similar to a tax hike, 'cuz this will save these shows.
    Higher prices bring the people in.

  7. 7

    Oh come on. Who are you going to believe? The administration tells us we avoided financial meltdown and saved thousands of jobs. The recovery began in the summer, right Mr. Biden?