The recently opened and extremely well received London revival of Evita is rumored to be headed towards Broadway in 2007. Apparently the producers are eyeing a number of different Broadway theaters, including the Neil Simon, which currently houses Hairspray.
Is Hairspray losing steam? It's playing to 86% capacity, and its average ticket price is a relatively healthy $65. Perhaps the show will move to a new theater, or maybe the thought is that by the time Evita came to Broadway Hairspray would have run its course.
Apparently I am not a member of the target audience for the return of Evita, or for any of the recently announced revivals: A Chorus Line, Guys & Dolls, The Fantasticks, Les Miserables. I have no desire to see professional productions of these shows again. I saw them all in recent incarnations, and even though they are all great shows, I just don't see myself plunking down $100 to see them again.
Am I in the minority? Stacey has mentioned he wants to see Evita when we go to London in a few weeks, but I'd rather save my ticket money for new shows.
Also, it's interesting that Andrew Lloyd Webber, now that he seems to have lost whatever creative juices he might once have had, is keeping his Really Useful production company busy with rehashes, including the Vegas Phantom, remastered versions of all his shows on CD, and movie versions of Sunset Boulevard and [groan] Aspects of Love.
Of course, the exact same could be said of Stephen Sondheim, what with revivals of Sweeney and Company in the offing, remastered versions of his shows CDs on the horizon, and the movie version of Sweeney.