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September 09, 2006

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Joshua James

David,

Welcome to the blogsphere!

Question - does THE LITTLE DOG LAUGHED count as a new play on B'way when it already debuted Off-Bway? Technically, it's new to BROADWAY, sure, but it's hardly new in term of new york exposure, right?

David Cote

While the play itself may not be new to theatergoers who saw it at Second Stage, it is technically a new production, with three recast performers and set & lighting changes for the new venue. As far as Tony voters go, even though the play opened earlier this year Off Broadway, the transferred production is eligible for the Best New Play category. I think there's some statute of limitations for a show to open elsewhere, transfer and still be considered a "new" play or musical. For example, "Assassins," while it never made it to Broadway in 1991, was deemed a revival for the 2004 Tony Awards. But two years before that, Ivan Turgenev's 150-year-old "Fortune's Fool" was deemed a New Play. The vagaries of an imperfect awarding system.

Patrick Pacheco

That Broadway is awash in revivals is a common misperception among the public as well. I can't tell you how many times people come up to me and make that observation, even in seasons when the Tony nominating committee could only come up with two qualifiers. As you point out, David, some shows are so long into their runs that they appear to be revivals. But another factor is that even new shows, like "Thoroughly Modern Millie" "Hairspray", and "Drowsy Chaperone", SEEM like revivals.

PatrickKelley

I think that maybe what he is saying is that the presence of revivals in any considerable number limit the success of new shows, as people will turn to the seemingly tried and true given the reality of limitations of time and money. This is especially true of tourists to the area. Never mind that most of these shows are, as you say, pale copies of the originals. They will naturally gravitate to them from original reputation.

A deduction from Patrick, who doesn't necessailly know what the hell he is talking about.

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