Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Seven Broadway Shows Open in Five Days

Last week, three shows opened on Broadway - Peter and the Starcatcher, One Man, Two Guvnors, and Clybourne Park. This week, in a mad dash for the Tony cutoff tomorrow, seven shows open - A Streetcar Named Desire, The Lyons, Ghost The Musical, Nice Work if You Can Get It, The Columnist, Don't Dress for Dinner, and Leap of Faith

User smore2, a member of Talkin' Broadway's All That Chat performed an analysis to see whether this mad dash which overtakes Broadway in March and April has any impact on winning the Tony. His conclusion according to a ATC post yesterday - it doesn’t matter when you open, as things turn out – just do a good show.

So, are the shows any good? Well, this is hard to say since every audience member is different. If a show entertains or touches you emotionally or intellectually, then it was a good show as far as I am concerned. So then, what do the critics say? Well, that is a different story. 

A Streetcar Named Desire and Ghost The Musical reviews have been negative thus far. The Lyons has received great reviews, and now that the producers finally seem to be promoting the show (I spotted two commercials yesterday during the TV morning shows), the run should be successful. Nice Work if You Can Get It reviews hot off the press seem okay even though Matthew Broderick has been described as paunchy and stiff. Regarding Leap of Faith, things sound a little messy over at the St James Theatre; according to NYP theater gossip columnist Michael Riedel, production members are praying for a miracle — namely that the show doesn’t close right after it opens. Stay tuned on The Columnist and Don't Dress for Dinner.

On Tuesday morning, Tony nominees as selected by the 28 member Tony nominating committee - comprised of producers and theater owners who have gigantic conflict of interests according to Riedel - are announced. Winners are announced during the Tony telecast on June 10th. 

Would it all have been worth it? We will see.

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