Sunday, November 11, 2007

Union Of The Snake? Duran Duran Moves Remainder Of Broadway Gig To Roseland

Union Of The Snake? Duran Duran Moves Remainder Of Broadway Gig To Roseland

If you're Duran Duran fan pleading, "Please, please tell me now, is there something I should know," you'll want to know that the remainder of the band's limited-run Duran Duran: Red Carpet Massacre has been transferred from Broadway's Ethel Barrymore Theatre to the Roseland Ballroom, effective immediately.

The shift becomes the first casualty of sorts of the stagehands strike. Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (I.A.T.S.E.) initiated its strike yesterday against The League of American Theatres and Producers, which includes the Barrymore Theatre.

The band states on its Web site:

Fans with tickets to see any one of Duran Duran’s last three Broadway shows (November 10 (last night), 12 or 13), can now see the band perform at the Roseland Ballroom, just a few blocks from the original location, on Monday 12th or Tuesday 13th of this coming week. All tickets for Monday and Tuesday’s shows will be honored on the nights that they were originally issued for. Tickets for Saturday night’s show (the 10th) will be honored on either Monday or Tuesday. All fans will need to bring their original tickets with them in order to enter the new venue. Fans with tickets held at the Barrymore Theatre box office (which is currently closed due the strike) will need to come with proof of purchase to the Roseland Box Office where duplicate tickets will be available.

Duran Duran have spent the last 24 hours, since news of the Broadway strike action forced them to postpone last night’s show, trying to find a new location in which to present what has been one of the best reviewed shows of their career. Finally, early this morning confirmation came that the events previously slated to take place at the Roseland Ballroom could be moved and the band and crew started work on putting together a new show for this venue.

With picket-lines stopping the band from removing all of their production from the Ethel Barrymore Theatre, where they were coming to the end of a two week residency that started on November 1 and was slated to finish on the 13th - the eve of the release of their new album ‘Red Carpet Massacre’, the band are working around the clock to design and re-program a show for Roseland that will showcase their new record (which they are playing in its entirety) along with many of the hits.

Band members, Simon LeBon, Nick Rhodes, John Taylor and Roger Taylor are hoping that fans who have booked tickets for the Broadway events will be relieved that the concerts are still going ahead, even though the production will be somewhat less elaborate than originally planned now.

Doors for the show will be at 8 pm. The show will start at 9 pm.

While this is not likely to be viewed favorably by the union, strike one for the fans.

Other than this change, the only Broadway shows not impacted by the strike are:
Cymbeline at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre (Lincoln Center, review not posted)
Mary Poppins at the New Amsterdam Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Mauritius at the Biltmore Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Pygmalion at the American Airlines TheatreStudio 54 (click here for The SOB Review)
The Ritz at Studio 54 (click here for The SOB Review)
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at the Circle In The Square Theatre (Click here for The SOB Review of the Chicago production)
Xanadu at the Helen Hayes Theatre (click here for The SOB Review)
Young Frankenstein at the Hilton Theatre (click here for The SOB Preview from Seattle)

Don't forget that there's also a wide selection of Off-Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway shows from which to choose, as well as the 75th Radio City Christmas Spectacular and cabaret acts ranging from the sublime Broadway legend Chita Rivera at Feinstein's at the Regency to the ridiculously hard-working men and women at Don't Tell Mama.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for Duran Duran ticket information.
Related Stories:
Strike: Day Two (November 11, 2007)
Save A Prayer For The Morning After: Duran Duran "Opens" On Broadway Tonight (November 1, 2007)
Former Wild Boys Come To Broadway (September 28, 2007)

Labels: , , , , , , , ,


At 12 November, 2007, Blogger E said...

I think that is a brilliant example of finding a way to make something work for the people that matter: the ticket-buying audience.

While I sympathize with both the union AND the producers, I love that Duran Duran has found a way to take care of their fans. Much in the same way that I love how Patrick Page (of "The Grinch") and the cast of "The Color Purple" stood outside and mollified the angry ticket holders.

I suppose the only difference is that Duran Duran could easily find a way to retool their show without using the stage elements that are trapped in their theater. It is, after all, a glorified rock concert, and can probably work with a bit of retooling.

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

E, I think you're right on all counts.


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home

Technorati blog directory Blog Directory & Search engine
Visitor Map

Powered by FeedBurner