The news this week that the Broadway production of David Mamet’s “Glengarry Glen Ross” would delay its opening night by nearly a month, to Dec. 8, means that a Broadway already starved for some sizzle this season will have to wait a while longer.
Producers said the delay was related to Superstorm Sandy. The storm canceled a few days of rehearsal, requiring opening night to be pushed, and Dec. 8 was the next available ideal night, they said.
Yeah, we’re skeptical too.
So what does the delay change? First, the wave of Thanksgiving tourists who stream into Times Square (a smaller group than Christmas, but they still come) will now see a preview performance at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater instead of a post-opening one.
The delayed opening (incidentally, the run has been extended three weeks on the back end, to Jan. 20) also means that the reviews are delayed as well. That leaves nearly four weeks when tickets can be sold — and they’re already going like hotcakes — without fear of bad reviews slowing them down.