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Archive for November, 2009

From One Jew to Another

Topol

Fierstein

As you have probably heard by now, Topol has dropped out of the national tour of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF due to injury. Taking his place will be Harvey Fierstein, who should do a perfectly fine job, not only because he is a seasoned performer, but because he performed the role in the most recent revival on Broadway, getting very good reviews to boot. What will be interesting to see, though, is whether or not Fierstein has enough name recognition to have an effect on single ticket sales. He is certainly well-known in New York, and has been for years, but is he enough of a draw outside New York that audiences will run out to buy tickets just to see him as Tevye? Or, perhaps, it has been, and will continue to mainly be, the “Fiddler” title that will bring in the audiences, despite who is playing the iconic role?

Here are some recent articles from around North America regarding the announcement:

San Francisco Chronicle

The Plain Dealer

Pegasus News

Prince George Citizen

Buffalo News

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The Road to Commerce

The Gammage BO2

ASU Gammage Box Office

Greetings from Tempe, AZ! I’m here settling the third week of a four week engagement of the National Tour of PHANTOM OF THE OPERA at The Gammage Auditorium. I was fortunate to get in to see the performance last night. The run has been going well, and last night appeared to be sold out, or nearly so. This reminded me of how much The Road contributes to local economies. The Gammage has nearly 3,000 seats, and when shows come through town, especially popular shows like “Phantom,” the economy here benefits — the restaurants, the parking lots, the local merchants, the hotels, etc. Jobs are also created. This, of course, isn’t news, but I think sometimes we forget that the arts are also very much a viable business, contributing more than just to the local culture. This may not be so noticeable in boom times, but it is especially clear now as businesses around the country continue to struggle.

In fact, here’s a recent article on just this very topic.

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More Press on The Road

Lots of shows out there, lots of press. Here are more recent reviews and features covering just some of the many current and upcoming engagements from around the country:

XANADU – Seattle

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/thearts/2010010490_paramount06.html

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN – Cleveland

http://www.ohio.com/lifestyle/63683757.html

PHANTOM OF THE OPERA – Tempe

http://www.yourwestvalley.com/news/webber-9695-mclaughlin-andrew.html

MARY POPPINS – Houston

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ent/6687346.html

SPRING AWAKENING – San Jose

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_13669292

IN THE HEIGHTS – Atlanta

http://www.accessatlanta.com/atlanta-events/in-the-heights-a-183069.html

SOUTH PACIFIC – Raleigh

http://www.newsobserver.com/entertainment/arts/story/174720.html

AVENUE Q – Gainesville

http://www.gainesville.com/article/20091105/ARTICLES/911051004/1006/NEWS?Title=Muppets-for-mature-audiences

THE COLOR PURPLE – Norfolk

http://hamptonroads.com.nyud.net/2009/11/color-purple-unlikely-musical-triumph

LEGALLY BLONDE – Miami

http://www.miamiherald.com/entertainment/arts/story/1324960.html

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