Friday, September 07, 2007

Young Frankenstein's Gross Out Factor

Young Frankenstein's Gross Out Factor

One of those weekly rituals for Broadway aficionados like me comes every Monday afternoon when each show's box office totals are reported like sports scores.

There's never been any obligation on the part of a production to do so, yet since the 1930s, the heralded tradition has served as a veritable smorgasbord of information ranging from weekly grosses to the number of tickets actually sold to average ticket prices.

Apparently, those manic Mondays may be nearing extinction if the producers of Young Frankenstein prove to be trendsetters. According to Campbell Robertson of The New York Times, that rite is in jeopardy because the new would-be monster hit won't be forthcoming on its box office totals.

Certainly, they have every right to do so, but could it be that they're afraid that the totals will demonstrate a less than enthusiastic reception to the top tier $450 premium seating?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 12 September, 2007, Anonymous chris caggiano said...

More unrepentant arrogance. I'm going to find it hard to remain impartial when I review the show next month.

At 12 September, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Chris, It's almost like they're stacking the deck against themselves, isn't it?!


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