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In Audiences on Broadway, Fewer Guys Among the Dolls
NYT ^ | 3/29/2014 | PATRICK HEALY

Posted on 04/01/2014 10:43:56 AM PDT by Borges

More men are steering clear of Broadway, and not even this spring’s ultimate bro show — “Rocky,” the new musical about the beloved boxing underdog — has found a way to fill seats with them.

While men have been hanging back for years, their current scarcity, at a time when overall Broadway attendance is down, is particularly stark. Only 32 percent of audience members last year were men, or 3.7 million, compared with 42 percent (or 4.2 million) in 1980.

This season is not providing any relief. Yankees fans skipped the baseball-themed “Bronx Bombers,” which flopped fast. John Grisham guys passed on the adaptation of “A Time to Kill,” which closed after seven weeks. Among musicals, “Big Fish” was all about dads, and “First Date” sold shot glasses to underscore its dude appeal, yet both shows were strikingly poor sellers.

Women drive Broadway sales, though successful shows often depend on them to wrangle their husbands or boyfriends.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment; Society; Travel
KEYWORDS: americaindecline; anotherreboot; broadway; musicals; recycledmovies; saggingsales; theater; ticketslump

1 posted on 04/01/2014 10:43:56 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

When is the last time Andrew Lloyd Webber had a hit?


2 posted on 04/01/2014 10:47:30 AM PDT by Cowboy Bob (They are called "Liberals" because the word "parasite" was already taken.)
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To: Borges
Women drive Broadway sales, though successful shows often depend on them to wrangle their husbands or boyfriends.

What happened to all that disposable income from the lavender mafia?

3 posted on 04/01/2014 10:49:39 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Borges

Time was, Ed Sullivan would have the performers on to do a number or two from their current show.

Now so much of Hollywood and Broadway are merely remakes (with Broadway adapting hit movies for the stage).


4 posted on 04/01/2014 10:51:29 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Borges

Rocky the Musical?

Are you frickin’ kidding me?

What’s next, “Patton: The Musical”?


5 posted on 04/01/2014 10:51:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: a fool in paradise

They’re talking about straight men.


6 posted on 04/01/2014 10:51:55 AM PDT by Borges
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To: dfwgator

Apparently the way they stage the climactic fight is a real stunner. Complete with the audience seated around a ring.


7 posted on 04/01/2014 10:52:28 AM PDT by Borges
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To: dfwgator
What’s next, “Patton: The Musical”?

Called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"


8 posted on 04/01/2014 10:54:47 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (The Texas judge's decision was to pave the way for same sex divorce for two Massachusetts women.)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Heck, I'd even take a reincarnated Anthony Newley.


9 posted on 04/01/2014 10:58:23 AM PDT by Bratch
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To: Borges

Just more proof that everyone hates Bill de Blasio.


10 posted on 04/01/2014 10:58:40 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Borges
My wife and I went to a Broadway show about a year ago when a friend's granddaughter was starring in one. I almost ducked out during intermission.

I prefer watching high school kids put on a play. A lot of times the singing, acting, and set design is top notch. And even if we stop for ice cream on the way home, my wife and I can spend 20 bucks on the whole night instead of 200 just to buy tickets.

11 posted on 04/01/2014 11:03:11 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: old and tired

Yeah they don’t mention the fact that Broadway has priced out large chunks of the population.


12 posted on 04/01/2014 11:04:47 AM PDT by Borges
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How is this possible? If the sheer quantity of media stories about gay this and gay that can be used as an indication, at least 80% of the male population should be gay, and thus fans


13 posted on 04/01/2014 11:05:02 AM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Borges

I can only speak for myself, but the political hard left and radical LGBT dominance of the stage and screen is a big factor with me not attending plays and theater. Actors, actress, producers, and directors are quick to publicly demean and belittle Ideas, beliefs, and institutions that are important or even dear to me. It is now not enough for them to believe in or support something they must denounce, condemn and silence anything other total belief in their orthodoxy.


14 posted on 04/01/2014 11:08:24 AM PDT by MCF
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To: Borges

I don’t know why they would not be going to Broadway Plays. After all I saw a long line of them waiting to get into a local strip club.


15 posted on 04/01/2014 11:09:04 AM PDT by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is a feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing corksucker.)
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To: Borges

There aren’t enough gays to fill these venues??? Are we being told wrong??


16 posted on 04/01/2014 11:09:20 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Yaelle

They are talking about straight guys.


17 posted on 04/01/2014 11:10:45 AM PDT by Borges
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To: dsrtsage

The theatre’s so obsessed
With dramas so depressed
It’s hard to sell a ticket on Broadway
Shows should be more pretty
Shows should be more witty
Shows should be more...
What’s the word?
LEO:
Gay?
ROGER:
Exactly!
No matter what you do on the stage
Keep it light, keep it bright, keep it gay!
Whether it’s murder, mayhem or rage
Don’t complain, it’s a pain
Keep it gay!


18 posted on 04/01/2014 11:11:26 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator
What’s next, “Patton: The Musical”?

"AND WE'RE GOING THROUGH THEM LIKE CRAP THROUGH A GOOSE!! Now, Erwin and Monty and I are gonna do a little chorus-line dance number.."

Hmm...could take some work...

19 posted on 04/01/2014 11:13:57 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: dsrtsage

On Broadway, a lot of them are on stage. :)


20 posted on 04/01/2014 11:26:20 AM PDT by old and tired
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To: a fool in paradise

Give people good shows not all full of Gay Propaganda and filthy words and maybe they will buy a ticket? Maybe-— John F. Kennedy—the Musical, or Obama the Comedy of errors—the Musical? or Pearl Harbor, the Musical? Or Jefferson Davis—The Musical?


21 posted on 04/01/2014 11:39:39 AM PDT by Forward the Light Brigade (Into the Jaws of H*ll)
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To: Borges

and of the 32% how many were gay?


22 posted on 04/01/2014 11:50:52 AM PDT by glorgau
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To: Borges
Last show I saw on Broadway was The Phantom of the Opera in 2002. It was a fantastic show but we paid dearly, over $100 a ticket. Then, after the show The Phantom made an appeal for donations for AIDS relief and support for theater people suffering from same. After spending over $400 for the tickets, I was kinda pissed.
23 posted on 04/01/2014 11:58:17 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Cowboy Bob
Not since the Puccini estate reasserted their copyrights.

Get it?

24 posted on 04/01/2014 12:11:09 PM PDT by SAJ
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To: Borges

25 posted on 04/01/2014 12:35:57 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: Billthedrill; dfwgator
Patton: The Musical?

"I'm gonna wash that Kraut right outta my hair!"

"Give my Regards to Rommel"

"Happiness is a warm gun barrel..."

"The Hills are Alive with the sound of Shelling......"

I should probably stop. :-)

26 posted on 04/01/2014 12:37:14 PM PDT by wbill
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To: Borges

50 something white male here.

I went to my first broadway show in years this past November.

I would do it again except the tickets cost $300, the train was $160 and dinner was another $100.

I had fun, but not THAT much fun.


27 posted on 04/01/2014 1:09:50 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (If you want to keep your dignity, you can keep it. Period........ Just kidding, you can't keep it.)
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To: Vermont Lt

Why pay good money and travel to see singing homos when you can just turn on the tv?


28 posted on 04/01/2014 1:18:48 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: dfwgator

{What’s next, “Patton: The Musical”?}

Yeah... imagine a rollicking theme marching song called...”Holding’em by the nose”(’we’ll kick’em in the ass’)(with actors dressed as soldiers singing and doing a massive kickline on stage at the end.)

Come to think of it...the above just might make a great marching song!


29 posted on 04/01/2014 1:29:54 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: Billthedrill

some lines from my latest five minute proffering on Patton

HOLDIN’ ‘EM BY THE NOSE(and kicking’em in the ass)
The General’s sternest order
is always to advance...
and soon, the Berlin High Command
will weep and crap their pants...

Oh there’s no one like our general George
who has’em on the run
thru storms of lead and piles of dead
he makes it seem like fun..,

So strike the colors, it’s time to go...
no time for leave or pass...
for we’re holding the Nazi’s by the nose
and kicking them in the ass...!


30 posted on 04/01/2014 2:02:19 PM PDT by mdmathis6
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To: mdmathis6

Or “I Shoveled S-— in Louisiana.”


31 posted on 04/01/2014 2:46:33 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cowboy Bob
To me, it was all downhill after Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (although that requires the inquiry: which version?).

And I don't want to hear anyone murmur Evita, Cats, or Phantom of the Opera.

32 posted on 04/01/2014 2:53:31 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Borges
I've been to quite a few Broadway shows because a client wanted to go; much of my Broadway knowledge is forced knowledge.

I had a tradition of taking my daughters once a year. They would accompany me on a business trip. I don't take my daughters to Broadway shows any longer. The tickets are too expensive.

33 posted on 04/01/2014 3:10:56 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Borges

I’m hoping Mel Brooks makes a stage musical out of “Blazing Saddles” before God gives him the hook. That said, they maybe need to try doing more original material.

And “A Time To Kill”, the musical? Really? Nothing against the cast and playwright, but the concept itself just sounds dire.


34 posted on 04/01/2014 3:30:20 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Borges

I like an occasional Broadway play, or I used to. Now the women are less attractive, the men are more overtly gay (including the multiple mandatory gay characters0, and the themes are farther to the left. I’d guess that the vast majority of men at these plays are gay men, and when you limit your male audience to 1.5% of all men (plus those few who only go to please/impress a loose liberal woman), your sales are going to suffer.


35 posted on 04/01/2014 5:08:21 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Scoutmaster

Compared to some of the stuff they’re rolling out these days, those three are starting to sound like Golden Age stuff.


36 posted on 04/01/2014 5:39:15 PM PDT by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: RichInOC
I contemplated refuting your statement by singing "Popular" from Wicked. I took my daughters to see Wicked and my youngest demanded Popular on the CD player every time she got in the car for the next year.

Then I remembered that Wicked is eleven years old.

Great. Just great. I finally pushed it to the back of my brain and now "Popular' will return as an earwurm for the next month.

37 posted on 04/01/2014 6:05:18 PM PDT by Scoutmaster (Is it solipsistic in here, or is it just me?)
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To: Borges

Who wants to pay big bucks to watch a bunch of faggots dance around pretending to fight?


38 posted on 04/01/2014 6:26:31 PM PDT by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: MCF
I can only speak for myself, but the political hard left and radical LGBT dominance of the stage and screen is a big factor with me not attending plays and theater. Actors, actress, producers, and directors are quick to publicly demean and belittle Ideas, beliefs, and institutions that are important or even dear to me. It is now not enough for them to believe in or support something they must denounce, condemn and silence anything other total belief in their orthodoxy.

Amen to that. I find almost all the entertainment these days unwatchably left-leaning. Everything is a polemic for either gay rights or feminism.

I am not a prude; nor am I averse to adult situations. It's the sanctioning of deviance that gets to me, and the hostility toward any tradition or authority.

39 posted on 04/01/2014 6:51:25 PM PDT by MoochPooch (I'm a compassionate cynic.)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Umm it’s theater...everything is pretend.


40 posted on 04/01/2014 9:09:26 PM PDT by Borges
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