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Friday, November 04, 2005

Q on the rocks?

"The idea that Vegas is Broadway West now seems premature." So says one of Michael Riedel's sources, based on the suprising underperformance so far of Avenue Q at Steve Wynn's Wynn Las Vegas hotel. Read the full story here. Is the material too racy for "real" America? Or just too smart for Vegas? (i.e. too much actual plot!)
Or there's this interesting theory:

One reason the show clicked in New York was that, from the very first preview, it had great word of mouth. But theater people who've looked closely at Vegas say word of mouth is hard to generate in a town made up of people who are just passing through. "There isn't a permanent population," says a Broadway producer.

Hmm. Says a lot for the value of a theatregoing community. But wait--how do you explain Broadway, then? No shortage of "passing-through" tourists there...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

who on earth would think people who go to VEGAS would want to watch a show about Ivy League grads who don't know what to do with their BAs in Comp Lit?

Could "the internet is for porn" be even vaguely amusing in Las-Frickin'-Vegas?