Monday, January 14, 2008

Hot, Hot, Hot August Just Got Longer

Hot, Hot, Hot August Just Got Longer

In a theatrical season when the straight play is king, Tracy Letts' August: Osage County has just claimed the crown as the week's top-grosser on Broadway. So it's no surprise that the critically-acclaimed Steppenwolf transfer from Chicago has now extended an amazing five weeks through April 13 at Rialto's Imperial Theatre.

In the week ending January 13, August: Osage County grossed a whopping $603,293 compared with the second place finisher among all plays, Tom Stoppard's Rock 'N' Roll at $467,113. What's more, the Imperial, normally home to big musicals, is managing to draw capacity crowds of about 75%. No small feat, considering January is typically one of the worst months on the Great White Way.

I've made no secret that this has been my absolute favorite show, bar none, of the last five years. If you haven't seen it, make every effort to take it in.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 14 January, 2008, Blogger Esther said...

I think this is great news for all of us who love the play and for the future of straight plays on Broadway.

It's funny, I'd never seen a Steppenwolf production before "August: Osage County," and now I see Steppenwolf actors everywhere!

As you know, I'm watching "My So-Called Life" on DVD. One of the actors, who plays an English teacher, looked really familiar but I couldn't place him. So I'm listening to the commentary with Claire Danes and Winnie Holzman, and Claire says "Isn't he with Steppenwolf?" Winnie says yes, and calls him Jeff, and I realized it was Jeff Perry from "August: Osage County."

It's really cool now when I spot someone on tv or in a movie that I've seen on Broadway, especially when they're from a show I loved as much as this one.

At 15 January, 2008, Anonymous richard said...

The best show without a doubt in five years. Glad to hear it's extended. I'll see it for the third time. Anyone that doesn't like this show is out of their mind.

At 16 January, 2008, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Richard, Glad you agree. I'll be going back myself very soon.

Esther, you can expect Steppenwolf ensemble members to show up everywhere since there are so many members, ranging from John Mahoney to Martha Plimpton, Gary Cole to Gary Sinese, Joan Allen to Lois Smith, Austin Pendleton to Laurie Metcalf, John Malkovich to Tina Landau.

It's simply a superb ensemble.


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