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November 03, 2009

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Chris Caggiano

Isaac: I've been lying pretty low on this topic, partly because I'm mostly interested in musical theater, but also because so many of my blogger peeps seemed to be on mourning, and I didn't want to salt their wounds.

But I have been bristling at all the hand-wringing. I'm sorry but I really don't see any larger implications for the closure of BBM, beyond the fact that the producers chose to do a show that few people wanted to see. Yes, I'm sure marketing and finance had something to do with it. But all the sturm und drang about the death of Broadway plays and the irrelevance of Neil Simon and whatnot is pretty much crap.

I'm pretty insane when it comes to theater: despite the costs, I see dozens of shows each season. And even I wasn't all that interested in seeing BBM. Had it run longer, I might have taken it in, if I had an extra show slot. But it just wasn't grabbing me. So, again, I see the admittedly unfortunate demise of BBM as the result of bad producing, in particular faulty (or nonexistent) market research.

Is the non-star straight play dead? August: Osage County anyone? If the play is good, people will come. Is Neil Simon a relic? Thy remains to be seen. But there's no such thing in theater as a "never" or an "always." Methinks the columnists are looking for higher meaning where none exists.

My $0.02.

Prince Gomolvilas

Wait! Did you just reveal the gender of 99Seats?!

We are one step closer to solving the mystery!

Josh

At the risk of being pounced on, I just can't seem to work up any passion about this. The whole thing just gets a big shrug from me.

99

I don't think there should be any fear of being pounced on. Someone remarked the same basic thing at The Playgoer. I think a reasonable reaction is "Gee, that sort of sucks," especially if you like the show. The interesting fact is that, beside Playgoer and the excellent article in the L.A. Times that Rob highlighted, no one seems to think the show was mis-produced or mis-marketed and instead, we get these po-faced "Broadway just ain't the place for good plays" kind of things. Which is just lame.

Josh James

And it could be that folks just don't want to pay forty to a hundred bucks to see a play that they've probably seen many times already ... I mean, the audience for this play is theatre people, who've presumably not only have seen it, but have even acted, directed or (in my case) auditioned for it a few times at the community theatre.

So ... why pay more money to see it, even on Broadway?

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