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January 06, 2009

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MBS

Hey Kris -

Surrounded by all the closings (and trying to squeeze in that controversial staging of ALL MY SONS with Mrs. Cruise before it shutters on Sunday), I feel similarly re the side-effect benefits of a Broadway cleaning house. However, look what's on the way: star-driven vehicles (even in worthy plays like Moises' 99 VARIATIONS and the new Reza play GOD OF CARNAGE) and 9 TO 5 (another big-budget coporate musical from a movie). Granted, many of these have been scheduled for some time (and one of which, the revival of BLITHE SPIRIT, looks pretty fantastic), but I'm wondering when/if this potential downsizing of Broadway will actually, in fact, happen. Revivals of GUYS AND DOLLS and HAIR are not what we need.

There is a brand-new book musical coming to town: STORY OF MY LIFE. It will be interesting to see how it fares among the glitter sprinkled over producers' desperation.

nic dimond

VERY strong WallyWorld reference, Kris. Here's to a happy '09.

Esther

Well, some of these I'll miss more than others. I'm a big "Hairspray" fan. But I understand what you're saying - I agree that there should be some turnover to let new shows come in. Personally, I enjoy a mixture of shows - I like the big musicals with the big production numbers and I also like the smaller shows, the edgier stuff. But I'm not the average Broadway tourist who sees one or two musicals and one of those will probably be "Mamma Mia!" I mean, on my last trip to New York, whenever I'd get into a discussion with a fellow theatergoer about what we'd seen, I always mentioned "Gypsy" and "August: Osage County." No one had heard of "A:OC." When the movie comes out, then they'll hear about it.

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