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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2003 3:01 am 
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Not a Jolly Season for Broadway Producers

By LARRY FINE
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - 'Tis not the season to be jolly for many Broadway theater producers as attendance is down, flops have been folding fast, and fingers are being pointed in various directions along the Great White Way.

"The Oldest Confederate Widow," a one-woman show starring Oscar-winner Ellen Burstyn, opened and closed on the same night last week. Comedian Jackie Mason's "Laughing Room Only," shuts its doors on Sunday after 14 performances.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2003 3:08 am 
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Bad season on Broadway

The New Zealand Herald

Broadway is facing its most dismal season in years and it has nothing to do with terrorists or any 9/11 hangover. Theatre-goers in New York are being turned off by ever-increasing ticket prices and the sour mood of the drama critics, who have had little good to say about this year's offerings.

Symptomatic of the dark mood was the embarrassment of veteran actress Ellen Burstyn. Only a week ago she was basking in lights and glory for the opening of her solo show, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow. Twenty-four hours later, it was closed by its producers at an estimated loss of US$1.25 million ($1.96 million).
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Attendance Down, Grosses Up on Broadway

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA
The Associated Prress
December 22, 2003

NEW YORK - Still feeling the effects of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and an uncertain economy, Broadway saw fewer people going to the theater in 2003, although the box office was up.

The projected total gross for 2003 was expected to reach $730 million, a 3.2 percent climb from $707 million in 2002 and $664 million the year before, according to preliminary figures released Monday by the League of American Theatres and Producers.
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'Taboo' to Close Next Month, at a Loss for Rosie O'Donnell

By JESSE McKINLEY
The New York Times
January 14, 2004

ess than three months after it opened on Broadway, "Taboo," the new musical produced by Rosie O'Donnell that features songs by the 1980's pop star Boy George, will close on Feb. 8, its producer said yesterday. It is estimated to have lost at least $10 million.

The closing was announced to the show's cast at the Plymouth Theater just before last night's performance.

" `Taboo' was by far the most fulfilling experience of my career," Ms. O'Donnell said in a statement.
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Winter Chill Sets in on Broadway

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA
The Associated Press
January 12, 2004

NEW YORK -- The winter chill has set in on Broadway, as business slid for the first full week following the Christmas-New Year's holidays, according to figures released Monday by the League of American Theatres and Producers.

The drop was not unexpected and usually occurs this time of year, after the tourists have gone home and the weather turns colder. Yet there were several bright box-office spots, particularly the three members of the million-dollar club, "The Producers," "The Lion King" and "Wicked."
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Broadway Needs Some `Change'

By FRANK RIZZO
The Hartford Courant
January 18, 2004

These are changing times for Broadway.

And not all of the change is good.

Variety reports that Broadway is struggling mightily during the post-holiday season, traditionally a bad time for theater. But this winter is fast becoming known as the Biggest Chill. Broadway box-office takes plummeted 31 percent from the post-holiday week. Even when you take into consideration that three shows closed, the total decline was still formidable.
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By ROBERT HOFLER
The Variety
January 18, 2004

NEW YORK Rosie O'Donnell (news) is already prepping to give Broadway another musical.

Her freshman effort may best be remembered for inspiring the "Producers" joke: "Never put your own money in the show. That's taboo!"

The Boy George musical closes Feb. 8 after 100 regular perfs. O'Donnell had bragged about bankrolling the show's entire $10 million capitalization. In the end, "Dance of the Vampires" probably lost more, but its loss ($12 million-$17 million) was spread out over a few producers. It's safe to say Rosie is Broadway's single biggest loser ever.

O'Donnell reportedly wanted to appear in person Jan. 14 to tell the cast and crew of her decision to shutter "Taboo." But when word started to leak out the day before, general manager Charlotte Wilcox and associate producer Lori E. Seid did the honors at 7 p.m.
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'Gypsy' to Close Feb. 28, at a Loss of Millions

By JESSE McKINLEY
The New York Times
February 3, 2004

Because of collapsing sales in recent weeks, the producers of the Broadway revival of "Gypsy" said yesterday that they would close the show on Feb. 28.

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The show was the second musical to announce a closing yesterday. The producers of "Never Gonna Dance," a dance musical which opened to mixed reviews in December, also said they would shutter; its last performance will be on Feb. 15.
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'Never Gonna Dance' Will Shutter

By KENNETH JONES
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February 2, 2004

The production will have played 44 previews and 84 regular performances.
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'Gypsy' Revival to Close Feb. 28

By ANDREW GANS
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February 2, 2004

According to a statement, "The producers stated that the current extreme weather conditions in New York, which have caused an industry-wide decline in ticket sales, contributed to the decision to close the production."
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Broadway's Chilly Season Claims Two Shows

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA
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February 2, 2004

NEW YORK - New York's chilly winter season has claimed two big Broadway musicals and hurt several long-running shows.
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Broadway's 'Gypsy' Revival Will Stay Open

By MICHAEL KUCHWARA,
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February 11, 2004

"Everyone connected with the `Gypsy' company and the Shubert Organization immediately volunteered to help us get through this tough winter period," Ron Kastner, another of the show's producers, said in a statement. "No one in the Broadway community expected this traditionally challenging season to be so rough."
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How Broadway Lost Its Footing
by CHARLES ISHERWOOD for the New York Times

This year, with a large crop of 14 musicals, old and new, to choose from, there wasn't a single production that could be enthusiastically endorsed for its dance content.

published: May 22, 2005
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