Monday, February 05, 2007
Winter Blues For Color Purple
With temperatures finally heading south to bear some semblance to the season -- take that, Global Warming! -- so were last week's Broadway box office receipts. Only ten of the Great White Way's current offerings managed to improve on the previous week.
Perhaps the biggest chill has come for The Color Purple, which despite drawing a slightly larger crowd over the week before, appears to be among the bluest of all productions. For the third straight week, the tuner's gross sales have been under the half million dollar mark -- unthinkable just a month ago. Capacity hovered below 60% again this past week, but that's nothing compared to the 24% drop in capacity it experienced three weeks ago when some, no doubt, were fearful of a freefall.
Naturally, tongues are wagging about what this all means for the future of Oprah Winfrey's production. If the assertion by Michael Riedel of the New York Post that most of the fan base has now seen this show has any merit, what then does that say about the future of the soon-to-be-launched tour?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
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