Tuesday, November 07, 2006

SOB Readers Produce Results For Pulling Plug

SOB Readers Produce Results For Pulling Plug

Although The Wedding Singer became the latest musical to post closing notices, it's not the musical most of you prefer for the theatre exit door. That dubious distinction goes to The Producers, for which 34.6% of you voted in the latest Steve On Broadway online poll that asked "Which current Broadway musical would you pull the plug on?"

In fact, The Wedding Singer didn't even rank among your top three choices, despite the fact that the tuner's capacity fell to a mere 50.16% last week; your top choice for a departure only attracted a capacity of 58.73% during the same time.

The second-place finisher was Disney's Tarzan (23.1%), while third place went to Broadway's longest-running musical: The Phantom Of The Opera (19.2%). The Wedding Singer trailed with just 15.4% of you saying it should go.

On last night's "Late Night With David Letterman," comedian/actor Will Farrell "announced" that he'll be taking over the role of the joke Phantom on Broadway beginning this weekend. Letterman deadpanned, "I didn't even realize it was still playing." Oh, it is!! Maybe it really is time to pull the plug (yes, this was my pick).

Interestingly enough, three musical included in the poll garnered absolutely no votes whatsoever: Avenue Q, Rent (which I've previously said seems long-since past it's prime -- last week, it fell to just 53.18% capacity) and Chicago, which will celebrate its official 10th anniversary on the Great White Way one week from today.

As always, you're invited to not only provide your opinion with the click of your mouse in each of the Steve On Broadway (SOB) polls (on the right-hand side of the site), but to also expound on why you feel the way you do through your welcome comments.

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Related Stories:
Apple Tree In Good Company Among SOB Readers (November 6, 2006)
Which New Broadway Play Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 27, 2006)
Mary Poppins, Grey Gardens Tops Among SOB Readers (October 27, 2007)
Which Current Broadway Musical Would You Pull The Plug On? (October 22, 2006)
Which New Broadway Musical Revival Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 19, 2006)
Which New Broadway Musical Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 16, 2006)
Take The Steve On Broadway (SOB) Poll (October 15, 2006)

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At 07 November, 2006, Blogger City Slicker said...

Musicals are taking a hit here in London as well. Except Wicked and Dirty Dancing which are sweeping up. And that damn Avenue Q still rakes in the tourists.

I am musicalled out and looking forward to Caryl Churchill's new play opening this week.

With a title like 'Drunk Enough to Say I Love You' it can hardly go wrong.

All the best SOB!

At 07 November, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

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At 07 November, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

City Slicker,

I'll look forward to hearing what you thought about Churchill's new work, which -- by the way -- is being produced at the Royal Court Theatre in conjunction with New York's very own Public Theater. With Ty Burrell opposite Tony-winning actor Stephen Dillane, it's very intriguing!

As for musicals, I actually believe that this may be one of the better years to go see a musical on Broadway. There are many hotly-anticipated new shows opening alongside some buzzworthy revivals; there may actually be a Tony race worth watching.

But there are many shows that I believe are also past their prime, taking up space that could be better used by other new works.

Thanks as always for joining the discussion!


At 07 November, 2006, Blogger BroadwayBaby said...

Mel Brooks and the producers of The Producers are likely to keep The Producers in place to lock the theatre for the upcoming "Young Frankenstein" musical, which I believe Steve had talked about in an earlier post.

At 07 November, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Broadway Baby,

You're giving me too much credit, but I did allude to New York Post's Michael Riedel (http://steveonbroadway.blogspot.com/2006/09/frankelly-talking-about-producers.html), who wrote about The Producers' producers aim to keep the show going. It was his column that mentioned keeping it chugging until Young Frankenstein is ready for its bow.


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