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It’s generally expected that most shows will play Broadway first, and THEN go out on a national tour. However, it seems lately that it’s becoming a bit more common that this is happening the other way around, with a show having a pre-Broadway tour first, followed by a Broadway run, which was a more typical scenario many decades ago.

FLASHDANCE, for example, currently on the road, has a target Broadway opening of August 2013 according to the Theatrical Index.

Why the change?

A pre-Broadway tour potentially makes sense. There is a good chance that a show with a well-known title will sell well and create buzz, and creative teams will also have more of a chance to work on the show, and get it more ready for Broadway. Also, a set is pretty much built and ready to be loaded into a Broadway house. And the city of Chicago is now especially a big draw to Broadway producers to get a show on its feet pre-Broadway because of the tax breaks being offered to pre-Broadway tryouts in the state of Illinois. A couple of posts where I bring up tax breaks for pre-Broadway runs in other states can be found here and here.

Possible issues, though, with a show starting out as a tour before coming to Broadway is that a touring show often has a different feel than a Broadway show. It’s an intangible thing, but there is a certain quality that is needed on Broadway for a show to succeed. NYC area theater-goers are not accustomed to seeing tours, so if a production seems a little cheaper or less seasoned, it will be evident.

Below is a link to a recent article in the Chicago Daily Herald that brings up both the pre-Broadway and post-Broadway tour scenarios. It also touches on several other topics that producers and presenters are constantly weighing, such as Equity vs. non-Equity tours, and tours with stars versus tours without stars.

‘Jekyll and Hyde’ helps bring back extensive pre-Broadway tours

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The Road 2010-2011 is up and running!

To give you a sense of some of the titles that made it out there this year, here are some recent features from around the U.S. that either give an overview of the seasons in various markets, or cover specific shows that have started their tours:

HOUSTON THEATRE SEASON

SEATTLE THEATRE SEASON

CONSTANTINE MAROULIS & ‘ROCK OF AGES’ TOUR

‘THE COLOR PURPLE’ ARRIVES AT EMENS

AKRON THEATRE SEASON

‘9 TO 5 THE MUSICAL’ IN NASHVILLE

‘LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL’ IN CHATTANOOGA

UTICA THEATRE SEASON

ROCHESTER, NY THEATRE SEASON

‘JERSEY BOYS’ IN PHILADELPHIA

DETROIT FALL THEATRE PREVIEW

‘PHANTOM’ IN L.A. – TOUR APPROACHES ITS FINALE

WHEELING, WV THEATRE SEASON

‘WICKED’ IN TULSA

‘A CHORUS LINE’ NON-EQUITY TOUR STARTS IN NEW HAVEN

‘SHREK THE MUSICAL’ TOUR IN DALLAS

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