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Broadway Is In A Bad Way!

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Unless your name is Wolverine.

January is infamously a terrible month for the Great White Way. The tourists have gone on home for the holiday season and everyone in the tri-state area is too broke to afford tickets to the show after all the holiday shopping. On average, most shows can even pull half their normal attendance during the weeks following Christmas, but things seem extra bleak this year as some of the most high-profiled shows on Broadway even strugggled during the holiday season.

Take the musical revival On A Clear Day You Can See Forever, for instance. It filled 55 percent of its seats last week (the week of New Year's_ and earned 29 percent of its potential gross despite its A-list leading man, Harry Connick Jr. Sure, he's not Hugh Jackman, but he's just as good!

And then there's the the star-studded comedy Relatively Speaking. It also only filled 55 percent of its seats and earned 31 percent of its potential gross; and last season’s winning movie-based musical Sister Act, which played to less than half-full houses and earned just 36 percent of its potential gross.

Not. Good.

What will it take to light up the way again? Maybe it wouldn't hurt to get Hugh back in for a few more months?

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3 comments to “Broadway Is In A Bad Way!”

  1. 1

    On A Clear Day You Can See Forever looks horrible and Harry is not just as good as Hugh. He is a low level star. If some shows do bad it is because there really are not that many good shows out there now. You are making a big deal out of nothing once again. Some shows do good and some do bad. If you read articles about Broadway box the top shows set box office records recently.

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    Re: netgear

    I agree completely. This is nothing new for Broadway. It's kind of common sense. Shows open. Shows close. Ticket sales go up. Ticket sales go down. Doesn't matter what time of year it is. This is actually the better part of the year for Broadway because it is when most new shows open.

    I'm an avid follower of this site but the Broadway/theatrical news just doesn't cut it for me. Sub par and meant for the audience that reads it on here. Good to get people interested to get some cash flow to B'way but not neccessarily the best or sometimes well researched. Not the best insight of the theatre and what good performances and best news to share are. I would love the opportunity to write the theatrical sections for the site to help imporve and form a better insight to what is going on and get an average American as interested in Broadway just as interested as they are in American Idol or The Kardashians. However, I get all my celebrity/a-list/television/film/gay rights/political/ etc. etc. etc. news from this site.

    Name that musical perez…"etc. etc. etc."

    -Avid and concerned reader

  3. 3

    Perez: I have a point of contention regarding this blurb. Harry Connick is not "just as good" as Hugh Jackman, he is infinitely better than Jackman, and can out act, out sing, and out perform him any day of the week. Connick was blessed with musical gifts matched by NO one who is currently alive and performing today. Unfortunately for him, he is not "cool" like other performers who are out there today, which is a terrible shame since he is one of the few artists whose work we should be treasuring whenever possible.