Momentum Building For New Play
BROADWAY MAGAZINE – With a show that boasts Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen and director Jack O’Brien, the new play Impressionism faced high expectations out of the gate. Though the opening night critics were not positive toward the production, a new article by Jeremy Gerard in Bloomberg suggests that the show is faring at least as well as some of the other more positively reviewed plays currently running on Broadway. In his article, Mr. Gerard dissects production costs of mounting a Broadway play, as well as looks at a bit of the reasoning behind producing Impressionism without an out-of-town workshop. For the record, Impressionism actually out-grossed Jane Fonda in 33 Variations last week by over $22,000.
While Mr. Gerard states that only God Of Carnage “has shown signs of bucking the trend” of selling enough tickets to turn a profit, we respectfully disagree. We would point out that both Exit The King and Blithe Spirit have each produced box office numbers to challenge God of Carnage. Either show could lay claim to the mantle of being the “prestige hit” of the season. Also, with the eagerly awaited Mary Stuart, Nathan Lane in Waiting For Godot, August Wilson’s gem Joe Turner’s Come and Gone and the UK hit production of The Norman Conquests on the way, there are still strong contenders for other plays to become the prestige hit of the season.
That said, Mr. Gerard’s commentary is astute and provides wonderful insight into the business of producing on Broadway. For more on what the actors of Impressionism felt about the reviews and the positive audience buzz, check out our conversation with Impressionism’s
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