TrueTheatergoers’ TheaterThoughts: ‘Early Closings’ and Rate Your Shows and Win $100 in Tickets by John and Stephen Hauge

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Every Friday we will be sharing John and Stephen Hauge’s TheaterThoughts from their popular site TrueTheatergoer.

John Hauge.
John Hauge.

From John Hauge: “My brother Stephen and I created the TrueTheatergoer.com website in October 2011 to promote theater in Washington, DC and on Broadway by providing an enriching collection of information on current shows and composite audience reviews and ratings of these shows. Our hope is to further develop a community excited about theater and willing to write short comments of shows so others can benefit from their experiences.”

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Review and rate the shows you have seen and you have a chance to win $100 worth of Tix Certificates, which you can use to buy tickets to several theatres in the DC Metro Area.

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This Week’s TheaterThoughts

Early Closings 

With the holiday season almost upon us, we can look back at the bulk of the Fall Season that has already opened — and sadly note the challenges several shows have had or are having:

1) Soul Doctor closed after only 66 performances, having played to only an average 70% of the Circle in the Square theatre.

2) A Time to Kill closed more quickly, after 33 performances and only $1.7 million of tickets sold.

3) Romeo and Juliet, the first production of this play on Broadway in decades, will close on December 8 rather than the previously stated January 12, 2014. When it closes (last week saw only 39% of its potential audience), it will have played only 93 performances.

4) Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark will stop flying on January 4, 2014. This ballyhooed production, capitalized at $75 million and needing more than $1 million in weekly ticket sales to cover costs, had its first preview on November 28, 2010. An overhaul prevented its opening until June 14, 2011. Since then it has given more than 1,000 performances and set the Broadway record of $2,941,794 for nine performances in the week ending January 1, 2012. Last week it grossed a quarter of that figure.

5) The Winslow Boy and The Snow Geese, both at subscription houses, will close on schedule in December, followed by First Date and Annie on January 5, 2014.

At the same time Wicked, which opened on October 30, 2003 just had its 10th anniversary — and has now given 4,179 performances and grossed $783 million (#3 behind the $1,008 million of The Lion King and the $933 million of The Phantom of the Opera).

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