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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2009 07:09 pm
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any thoughts about the abrupt closing of the revival of "brighton beach memoirs" (& "broadway bound" which never even opened)?

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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2009 09:44 pm
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Interesting development, wasn’t it? I feel bad for the actors. In terms of Broadway, I think Neil Simon revivals can’t be expected to generate a lot of heat. I’ve a feeling that a lot of his work has a limited shelf life (not regionally, of course, and certainly not with community theaters). Times change and tastes change. Also, without a big name star to ramp up tickets sales, it’s pretty hard for straight plays to succeed on Broadway (and Laurie Metcalf, with all due respect, doesn’t cut it). There’s always exceptions to the rule, of course, but generally speaking they need a big name to keep filling seats.

More than anything, though, I think Neil Simon’s work simply seems a little fusty to most people at this point in time. 

My five cents.

H.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 4th, 2009 11:59 pm
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Harvey,

You said you felt sorry for the actors. While leaving the movie theater where I saw Michael Jackson's This Is It, I kept thinking about all those dancers and singers who had the job of a lifetime, just about to open in London, and BAM! everything ended. What a tragedy for them and, of course, for Michael. I'm not ashamed to say I loved that man and watching the film was a very joyous and sad experience at the same time.

~edd

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 Posted: Thu Nov 5th, 2009 12:24 am
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Yes, it must be absolutely crushing to have that kind of disappointment, especially in an industry where work is so hard to come by at the best of times.

I too, Edd, have always loved MJ, even through all the times when it wasn’t cool to like him or his music (i.e. the last 20 years…then he dies and he’s cool again…what hypocrites people can be).

Despite all the money and fame, his was a sad life all around. I’m just grateful for all of the wonderful memories his music has given me in mine.

Mind you, I wouldn’t say no to a little money and fame, either…just without the Faustian bargain.

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There's more to the story:

It was not Neil Simon's work.

http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/theater/times_toll_on_memoirs_GRh5NBfC0hT97ixmoVbQMO



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