Lights dim on Broadway revivals

June 19, 2005 at 11:10 PM
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NEW YORK, June 19 (UPI) -- Business is good on Broadway this season but revivals, once a sure thing on the "great white way," appear to be wearing out their welcome.

While "Fiddler on the Roof," "On Golden Pond" and "Steel Magnolias" are playing to houses that are half empty, original shows like "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels," "Doubt," and "Monty Python's Spamalot" are performing at 90 percent capacity or better, Daily Variety reported.

A couple of Tennessee William classics -- "The Glass Menagerie," led by Jessica Lange, and "A Streetcar Named Desire," starring Natasha Richardson -- are both scheduled to close July 3.

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?," starring Kathleen Turner is advertising as "final weeks."

"La Cage aux Folles," which won the musical revival Tony, will close next Saturday.

Overall, Daily Variety said, business on Broadway appears to be booming. Paid admissions for the second week of the new season were up nearly 100,000 from two years ago.

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