Thursday, January 21, 2010

The 39 Steps To Return To New York

So I guess the new hip thing now is to take an established long running hit on Broadway and move it to Off-Broadway after it's initial run. Sounds strange right?Well not so fast.It all started with Avenue Q. The show which beat Wicked for the Tony Award for Best Musical in 2004 enjoyed a six year run on the Great White Way and was scheduled to close last September. However during the final curtain call the producers announced that while the show was playing it's final performance on Broadway they were moving to a more intimate theatre Off-Broadway. Suffice to say theatre insiders and fans of the show were shocked. I know I was. Now I loved Avenue Q so I was just happy to see that it was going to remain part of the New York theatre scene for the foreseeable future.

Now back to the real reason for my blog. The 39 Steps. The show which first opened on Broadway at the American Airlines Theatre in January 2008 played it's final performance on Broadway on January 10 after 771 performances and three different theatres. It also was the longest running play on Broadway in over seven years. Now I saw the show and while I found it funny at some points I never would have guessed it would have lasted this long. Now to be fair there aren't a lot of comedies out there. The majority of the plays that have opened on Broadway in the last few years have been dramas. Either way The 39 Steps is here to stay. Previews are set to begin Om March 25 at New World Stages.Until next time theatre fans.

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