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HollywoodProducer
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posted March 10, 2010 03:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Can Critics Kill Broadway-Bound Tuners?
By MIKE FLEMING

An oft-asked question—do reviewers matter anymore--was the subject of lunchtime chatter today in theater circles, after the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Love Never Dies was pummeled by The New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley.

Some wondered if the blows were enough to impact plans for a November Broadway bow of the sequel to The Phantom of the Opera, which got mixed reviews in London papers. While Lloyd Webber comes closest to critic proof on Broadway, even his name isn't always enough in this fragile Broadway climate. He's hedging his bets, at least when it comes to a revival of the Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical Evita that will come to Broadway in 2011-2012. I’ve heard that Ricky Martin has committed for a year-long run as Che Guevara. He's no stunt casting--Martin has stage experience that includes Les Miserables--but he's protection for backers who want Elena Rogers to play Eva Peron. She doesn’t have the name recognition here and Evita isn’t as branded as Phantom of the Opera is.adl

Several said the Love Never Dies review might be enough to sink many shows, especially those that don't have big stars. Lloyd Webber and his Phantom brand are the draws--not Ramin Karimloo and Sierra Boggess, who play the London leads. The shows doing best right now are the ones with stars. Both the Daniel Craig-Hugh Jackman play A Steady Rain and the Liev Schreiber-Scarlett Johansson play A View from the Bridge announced they've recouped, while many other shows have tanked. Upcoming hot tickets like Promises, Promises has Sean Hayes and Kristin Chenoweth, and Fences has Denzel Washington, the latter of whom headlined a profitable Broadway run of Julius Caesar in 2005.

“Before the internet, when Times panned an out of town show like it did Love Never Dies, that was usually a death sentence for a Broadway move, while a rave was the impetus for raising money for a Broadway move,” one vet producer told me. “You read about critics having less and less power and clout because of the internet. Love Never Dies is the big test case.”

Another test comes this evening, when Scottsboro Boys opens off-Broadway. It is the final collaboration between John Kander and Fred Ebb, who were part way through the musical when Ebb died, and Kander finished writing both the music and the lyrics. Said one producer: “If it gets creamed, who'll put up the money to bring it to Broadway?”

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fred
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posted March 10, 2010 05:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Looks horrible. What a stupid idea.

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HollywoodProducer
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posted March 12, 2010 09:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Great review in the Hollywood Reporter today - terrible reviews everywhere else.

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EthanRubidoux
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posted April 17, 2010 04:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
Absolute crap with 2 good songs. I just listened to the cast recording. And... big and... everyone will be disappointed with the ending and if it's not changed, the show will be a total disaster on Broadway.

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posted April 20, 2010 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD   Click Here to Email HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD     Edit/Delete Message
Until I Hear You Sing is an excellent big ballad. Like the musical or hate it (especially the ending), that is a good song.

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posted April 22, 2010 12:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
I heard and was very 'so what'. Not going to be a global phenomenon. There will be a curiosity factor but that's it.

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DavidChang
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posted May 06, 2010 08:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message
What is this?

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DavidChang
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posted May 08, 2010 09:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for DavidChang   Click Here to Email DavidChang     Edit/Delete Message
Me?

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posted May 21, 2010 09:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fred   Click Here to Email fred     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds awful.

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EthanRubidoux
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posted May 31, 2010 02:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
One hit song - that's it. Everything else is pretty bad.

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posted June 03, 2010 04:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for AuthorAuthor   Click Here to Email AuthorAuthor     Edit/Delete Message
Sounds ridiculous.

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posted August 13, 2010 03:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message
Awful.

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HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD
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posted October 04, 2010 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD   Click Here to Email HORACEFROMHOLLYWOOD     Edit/Delete Message
Any date set on the U.S. opening?

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posted November 23, 2010 09:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for HollywoodProducer   Click Here to Email HollywoodProducer     Edit/Delete Message
Did they delay the Broadway opening?

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EthanRubidoux
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posted January 10, 2011 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for EthanRubidoux   Click Here to Email EthanRubidoux     Edit/Delete Message
No real date planned for Broadway opening?

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