September 30, 2008 |
Is Katie Holmes helping "All My Sons" pull in potent grosses on Broadway? Last week, the revival of the Arthur Miller drama was the highest-grossing play on Broadway, with $684,002 for its first full week of eight preview performances at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. It played to nearly 98% capacity at the 1,052-seat theater. The revival -- starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Holmes -- opens officially on Oct. 16. It has a top ticket price of $116.50 with premium tickets topping out at $300 for certain performances.
September 23, 2007 |
More than a quarter century ago, the critic Robert Hughes called the public's response to Modern art "the shock of the new." The role of art was to stimulate ideas, provoke thought, challenge ways of seeing. Today, we are experiencing a different, troubling phenomenon: a popular culture that embraces the comfort of the familiar. Americans discovered the hard way that we don't like surprises.
December 7, 2006 |
AS patrons who tend to like their opera long and blustery take their seats at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion this week, it's not surprising to see an occasional look of concern as some round-faced moppet plops down on the seat next to them, ready to see L.A. Opera's "Hansel and Gretel." Theater-going comes with a set of expectations for most people. Opera even more so.
November 28, 2006 |
Broadway had a lot to be thankful for during Thanksgiving week -- most notably record grosses for several of its most popular shows. "Wicked" took in a mammoth $1.7 million, a new Broadway record. It broke the house record at the Gershwin Theatre, one of Broadway's largest playhouses, where "Wicked" grossed $1.6 million during the week between Christmas 2005 and New Year's 2006. Another record was set at the August Wilson Theatre, where "Jersey Boys," the Four Seasons musical, grossed $1.
November 28, 2006 |
The producer of Agatha Christie's thriller "The Mousetrap" predicted Monday that the world's longest-running play would never close. As the classic whodunit embarked on its 55th year, producer Stephen Waley-Cohen said he couldn't see an end in sight for the popular London tourist draw. "On first night, Agatha Christie said she thought it might get a nice little run. Now it's an institution," he said. "I don't see why it shouldn't run forever."
October 22, 2006 |
APPARENTLY, ancient theater is not Greek to us: Euripides' tragedy, "Hippolytos," the inaugural production at the Getty Villa's new outdoor theater, drew capacity crowds of 450 for all 15 paid performances (at $38 a pop) during its September run, reports Villa spokeswoman Tracy Gilbert. But no expansion of the annual series is planned. Still treading gingerly, given conditions set by the L.A.