Should I Stay or Should I Go Now…
In today’s world with all its technology, it’s a shock that people even leave their homes anymore. I would have assumed that the revenue and even interest in theater would decline because of what is available right at our finger tips (iPads, TV, ect).
I was proven wrong when I found out that last week three different Broadway musicals broke their records for highest weekly income. That’s a total of $34,997,571 made! The Lion King grossed almost 2 million, The Phantom of the Opera, made close to 1.5 million, which is the highest gross in 23 years, and Wicked over at the Gershwin Theatre made over 2 million! Wicked is now the record holder for the largest weekly gross in theater history. I was truly shocked and pleased to hear this.
Now, I am a fan of theater and know that Broadway has a loyal following, particularly within the dance community, but I didn’t know the interest of the general public was at this level. Broadway and theater brings something YouTube and your TV just can’t. Passion and organic emotion displayed in a live show is palpable and is something that is sorely lacking in today’s entertainment circuit, in my opinion. The amount of work that is put in from everyone from the lighting designer, costuming, choreographers, to the actors; it should certainly be recognized. It is extremely risky putting something to the stage, and I was just thrilled to hear that theater is still a popular form of escapism.
Maybe with word that theater is still alive and well, it will encourage others to get themselves to a show. This gives me hope for “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark,” scheduled to open Feb. 7th at the Foxwoods Theatre on Broadway.