Time for a post about musical theater.
I have noticed that Broadway is less about producing unknown works and more about shows that will make money. Not that there is anything wrong with this because theater costs a lot of money to produce, takes longer to recoup it’s investment, and why risk that money if you’re going to produce someone’s musical with an unfamiliar title.
Anyway, I saw this article on playbill.com and saw a familiar pattern. Patti LuPone did Gypsy at Ravina, and then from that performance she went on to do the City Center Encores Summer Series production of Gypsy, and then took the show to Broadway. Less than 5 years after Bernadette Peters brought her take on Gypsy to the Broadway stage. Now I seem to sense that this is happening again. So my guess is they will take this production of Annie Get Your Gun to Broadway less than 10 years after Bernadette Peters brought her Tony winning portrayal to the stage. I could be totally retarded and wrong, but the coincidences are uncanny. Anyway. That’s my theory, so we’ll see if I’m right or not.
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