Friday, November 10, 2006

Polls Close (But Another Opens)

Polls Close (But Another Opens)

Given this week's election theme, it seems entirely apropos to close the polls on Steve On least in a couple areas. What is that phrase? "When one door closes, another one opens"? Well, you see, I've already opened a new poll on whether you're disappointed by the announcement earlier this week that The Times They Are A-Changin' will close on November 19. You'll find that poll on the right-hand side of Steve On Broadway.

Which new Broadway play are you most enthusiastic about seeing?

For the last two weeks, I've invited you to tell me which new Broadway play you're most enthusiastic about seeing. By a narrow margin, a plurality of you (30.8%) indicated that Deuce -- which will team Angela Lansbury with Marian Seldes -- is your top choice. Second place went to The Little Dog Laughed, which opens Monday at the Cort Theatre.

Personally, I'm looking forward to seeing both plays. I already have my tickets for the latter and will let you know once those for Lansbury's return to the boards become available.

Third place among 19.2% of you is David Hare's The Vertical Hour with Julianne Moore and Bill Nighy under the direction of Sam Mendes. I'm already hearing great buzz about this play that opens for a limited run at the Music Box Theatre on November 30.

Everything else is an also ran, despite some promising titles. The one notable exception is Losing Louie; not a single one of you chose it. No wonder it's closing earlier than originally planned on November 26.

Incidentally, although the acclaimed British production of Frost/Nixon has been announced for this season, it wasn't included in this poll since there has yet to be a confirmation of a theatre.

How many Broadway shows do you typically see each year?

The second poll brought to a close sought to gauge how we stack up against each other in terms of interest in Broadway fare.

While, I know that if I could get to see every show, I would, it's simply impossible. However, I'm in the eleven to fifteen range each year (I also add Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway musicals and shows above and beyond that tally). And it appears that I'm in fairly good company since 36.7% of you were with me in providing that answer.

I truly envy the 16.6% of you who see more than fifteen Broadway productions each year. And to those 3.3% of you who actually get to see every show, how do you do it?!

As always, thanks for participating in the Steve On Broadway polls. If there's a poll topic you'd like for me to consider, feel free to comment here or send me an e-mail at

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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Which New Broadway Play Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 27, 2006)
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Which Current Broadway Musical Would You Pull The Plug On? (October 22, 2006)
Which New Broadway Musical Revival Are You Most Enthusiastic About Seeing? (October 19, 2006)
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