Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The Great Red Way?

The Great Red Way?

As noted here time and again in recent weeks, a lot of Broadway shows are shuttering in January, thanks in no small part to the truly devastating economy. After all, who wants to be swimming in red ink?

With Sunday's news that the excellent revival of Gypsy would expedite its scheduled March closing to January 11, you may well have heard me sadly saying, "Another one bites the dust" yet again.

The New York Times' Patrick Healy took note of the plight of the Broadway show in one humdinger of a story yesterday that is hardly a positive harbinger of things to come. In addition to the closings, new shows are having trouble finding the financing to get on the boards. Then there are those that have simply been postponed. Or completely canceled.

I'll have more to say in this space later, but given all the pain even typical, hardworking theatre lovers from Cleveland and elsewhere are experiencing (check out Serino Coyne Chairwoman Nancy Coyne's ill-advised comments regarding said tourists from Cleveland in Healy's piece), expect this winter to be particularly cruel.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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