Wednesday, December 19, 2007

I'm A Little Blue...

I'm A Little Blue...

The Drowsy Chaperone will be put to rest December 30. That is the official word today from Playbill.

Winner of five Tony Awards, the show had already seen wildly fluctuating box office totals throughout the fall, ranging anywhere from 50 to 70% capacity prior to last month's stagehands strike.

But it never managed to attract more than 50% once Broadway was back in business.

Even attempts at stunt casting proved fruitless with capacity falling to a yawn-inducing 39.3%. Bob Saget, best known as Danny Tanner on the 80s/90s sitcom "Full House," came on board October 19, while poor Cindy Williams -- Shirley Feeney from 70s sitcom "Laverne & Shirley" -- joined the cast just a week ago Tuesday.

When The Drowsy Chaperone closes at the Marquis Theatre, it will have enjoyed 674 regular performances. While the short-lived London mounting closed earlier this year after treading the West End boards less than two months, the North American tour continues. It just departed Cincinnati on Sunday and will resume January 1 in Fort Lauderdale.

While this wasn't the greatest show I ever saw, it certainly entertained. The closing notice has me feeling a little like the lonely Man In Chair -- a little blue.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

Click here for tickets.
Related Stories:
Will Drowsy Chaperone Be Put To Sleep? (October 24, 2007)
Putting London's Drowsy Chaperone To Bed (July 26, 2007)
Go East, Young Musical, Go East (July 27, 2007)
Did Chaperone Keep London's Aging Critics Awake? (June 19, 2007)
West End Drowsy Chaperone: Another Great Paige Turner (January 19, 2007)
The Drowsy Chaperone (The SOB Review) (October 3, 2006)
Mixed Reviews Tire The Drowsy Chaperone (May 2, 2006)

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At 20 December, 2007, Blogger Esther said...

I wonder if a lot of the air went out after Bob Martin left? I'm really looking forward to seeing Drowsy on tour in May. I'm counting on it being fun and entertaining. I've already got the Broadway cast CD, although I've put off listening to it.

At 20 December, 2007, Blogger SarahB said...

Yawn-inducing 39% - I have to laugh because I was yawn-induced when I saw this. In fact, I'm feeling sleepy right now just thinking about it, signed The Drowsy Audience Member.

At 20 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Esther, Bob Martin was (in my humble opinion) the best part of the show.

Sarah, I apparently enjoyed the show more than you did. But luckily for you, the show barely clocked in at 90 minutes!

At 20 December, 2007, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...


Most people who saw the show either in LA or NY will agree that Bob Martin was the best thing about the show.

When will producers learn that "jumping the shark" with grade-C TV talent rarely works??

At 21 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Broadway Baby, I guess unless you're Barry and Fran Weissler, you stunt cast at your own risk...

At 23 December, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its a shame
the show was good
Than to pull off a stunt?
oh well thats showbizz
holiday seasons not doing so well,
Sale wise
Plug in a couple of Pro's
Like Color Purple
Chaka / BB...
discount tix soon to be available!

At 31 December, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

You have a great point. Look at some of the biggest shows on Broadway - The Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked, and Jersey Boys. None of them have had to rely on stunt-casting to stay open.


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