Ah, my first post-London post. It's nice to be home. Don't get me wrong, I love traveling. Well, I love having traveled. I detest the actual act of traveling.
Especially after I bought dozens of CDs and books in London and then had to buy a new piece of luggage to get them on the plane, but the bag I bought was a piece of crap I got from a London street vendor and the wheels broke before I even got one block from Noel's flat, and I had to fumble my way through Victoria Station, the tube, Euston Station, and the train terminal at Birmingham with this clumsy, wheel-less piece of faux Samsonite.
And then the security folks somewhere along the way decided to pour through my luggage in search of explosives, but all they found were foreign cast albums. But then they failed to put the CDs back into the box I had carefully packed them in, and almost all the CD cases got cracked. No biggie, CD cases are easy to replace, but I was both peeved and miffed, I can tell you.
Anyway, to the subject at hand.
The current high-concept Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd has announced that it will close September 3rd. At that point it will have played 349 performances and 35 previews. That might not sound impressive, but because the show was so economically produced, it made its investment back in only 19 weeks. The show had been playing to about 50% capacity for weeks, so it's no surprise that the producers have decided to close it. But even in those lean weeks, it was pulling in over $300,000, which I would think is more than enough for the show to make a profit.
I wonder which incoming show will snatch up the desirable Eugene O'Neill Theater. Among the shows currently looking for a Broadway berth are Spring Awakening, High Fidelity, and the revival of The Wiz. Also on the horizon are revivals of Sunday in the Park with George and Evita. Perhaps the producers for Evita and High Fidelity will want a bigger house than the 1,100 seat Eugene O'Neill, but successful musicals have played the O'Neill before, including Big River, The Full Monty, Annie, as well as revivals of Grease and Nine.
Whichever show winds up snagging the O'Neill, look for an announcement relatively soon.