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posted: 9/20/2003 at 1:24:31 AM ET
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Does anyone know if Gypsy will come to LA once the run on Broadway is over?

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posted: 9/20/2003 at 1:33:19 AM ET
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I wonder if Producers would want to put money into a tour of Gypsy. I mean it has been performed many times over the past few decades. Without a big name I would think a tour would not do that well?
I could see if they went to London with it; but LA? That seems to be something they do with new shows...not revivals.


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posted: 9/20/2003 at 3:30:15 PM ET
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Well, they did do a tour of the Grease Revival. and ITW toured to I believe. I don't remember all the other ones of the top of my head, but I hope that they do do a tour. That is one of my favorite shows!

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posted: 9/21/2003 at 1:37:17 AM ET
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just a teensy correction, qpid:

The first ITW (Bernadette's cast) actually ended up with a supplementing national touring company AND a Broadway company. The revival of ITW, however, did not tour. It held a portion of its preview season out in LA (which a lot of shows do now -- I believe Wicked was out that way as well) and, after a month in LA, moved to its final home at the Broadhurst Theatre in NYC. So the LA run was the Broadway cast, not a touring cast, and it was only for previews.

But it IS true that some revivals end up touring. Mainly because (I would think, anyway) people know the music and enjoy the story and would buy tickets to see a professional production. Examples I can think of off the top of my head:


However, I don't believe Bernadette's last sucessful revival(Annie Get Your Gun)toured -- even though that musical was wildly sucessful -- and I think a lot of it has to do with Bernadette herself. Basically, it's hard to push a revival tour of an OFT (and OFT and OFT) revived musical, when you're not sure whether it's the show itself or the star people are coming to see. If the show is something like Gypsy, where the production is VERY reliant on the actress playing Rose to carry the show, selling tickets for a touring run is EXTREMELY hard to do without a "name" in the title role. And then you have to pay the "name" to tour (as opposed to paying lesser known actors,) and also incur other expenses. It's a big risk, which is why it's not done often.

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posted: 9/21/2003 at 2:18:16 AM ET
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Actually AGYG did tour starting out with Marilu Henner and Rex Smith I think. Tom Wopat even joined the tour at some point. Before the '99 Tonys there were even some rumors that Peters and Wopat might start out the tour but I don't know how serious a possibility that was. I think Peters herself at one time said that she might do the show in San Francisco, but it never played there.


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