Sunday, January 04, 2009

Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going...Gone!

Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going, Going...Gone!

Charles Isherwood's downright nostalgic piece in this morning's edition of The New York Times serves as an excellent reminder that today's your last chance to see nine of the thirteen Broadway shows slated to close during January 2009.

Boeing-Boeing. Going. But a 45-week national tour is planned for take-off sometime this year.

Dividing The Estate. Going. But subtracting Elizabeth Ashley from the cast, the ensemble will transfer to the Hartford Stage in Connecticut come May.

Grease. Going. But the ongoing North American tour with Taylor Hicks as Teen Angel is about to play Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

Hairspray. Going. But the Award-winning London staging is going strong. Oh, and there's the sticky non-Equity tour that's about to play such markets as Terre Haute (IN), Kalamazoo (MI) and Wabash (IN) for one nights only, but it does not share the Broadway credits (including direction, choreography or elaborate set designs) or talent.

Irving Berlin's White Christmas. Going. But producer Kevin McCollum "would love to bring the show back to Broadway" in the future, and the show will continue to live on during future holiday seasons throughout North America.

Liza's At The Palace...! Going. What?! You expected more?! After two extensions??

Slava's Snowshow. Going.

13. Going. But there's "much interest in a national and international tour," according to lead producer Bob Boyett.

Young Frankenstein. Going. But a tour is planned for this fall.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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5 Comments:

At 04 January, 2009, Blogger Esther said...

I'm sorry I missed "Boeing Boeing," so hopefully I'll have a chance to see it on tour. But I wonder how it'll be without Mark Rylance.

 
At 04 January, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you know what I love most about your comment on the Hairspray tour? It's that you obviously have NO correct information. The tour is under the direction of Matt Lenz, who was the associate director to Jack O'Brien (the director of the Broadway show.) The direction is identical to the Broadway show, as is the choreography which is set by Danny James Austin whos sets the London production of the show under the supervision of Jerry Mitchell. And as for the talent? As a member of this tour I find your description of our cast not only inaccurate but also extremely offensive. I would love to hear your specific descriptions on the "talent" in our show so I can understand exactly what you're getting at. Thank you!

 
At 04 January, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

Anonymous, this tour, unlike the earlier Equity tour, is not helmed by Jack O'Brien nor choreographed by Jerry Mitchell. I'm sure you and everyone works very hard on the production, but do you have your Equity card? If not, why not? And if so, why are you flouting Equity rules?

 
At 04 January, 2009, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

For anyone reading this thread who wants to know my issue with non-Equity tours, please click here.

 
At 04 January, 2009, Anonymous BroadwayBaby said...

I agree with Steve on these non-equity tours. They use cheap sets, pay actors ridiculously low wages and yet charge top $ for a so-called "Broadway tour".

 

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