Monday, April 1, 2013

It's Hard to Get to Broadway: A Prince Dies Young

Over the past year, it seems that getting a show to Broadway has become a major source of gossip on news websites like the New York Times and New York Post. This weekend, another highly anticipated show, THE PRINCE OF BROADWAY, was delayed indefinitely.

The show, which had trouble securing its Multi-million dollar budget, has been delayed twice already on the Great White Way.

The PRINCE OF BROADWAY is following in the footsteps of the ill-fated REBECCA, but without the legal drama.

Is it getting harder to get original musicals on Broadway? It seems the answer is yes.

After seeing a plethora of movie-adapted musicals recently (I.e. Matilda, Newsies, Once, Sister Act) and much less successful adaptations, like Leap of Faith, it seems that there is no magic formula.

So what does this mean for the state of Broadway? People don't want to invest because chances of getting back your investment, let alone making a profit, are slim. This is making it increasingly difficult especially to fund new musicals.

I was excited for PRINCE OF BROADWAY, and it's sad to see unique ideas dying so early.

1 comment:

  1. It's strange. There doesn't seem to be a formula. Some seem to do well, others don't. Occasionally you find a new musical that "makes it," but we all know it's rare.