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Chorus Line, Ethiopia:

2009, Addis :

Love Story

... with tragic end?

They meet at auditions for "Chorus Line"

Both make it [act two -- callbacks]

Scenes together

baseball hats -- who is who? Girl as boy [Shakespeare] "Brother & sister" > "Friends" > and other scenes!

Scenes -- Gloves

[structuring script here?]

Veil, flowers...

Wedding before... almost

She dies [aids] -- finale, dance, all -- Cabiria quote.

... actor is a runaway from (normal) life.


2009 : Caligari as opera [ Mikado ]



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The Business of Show Business: Although we have learned that the film industry is all about money and theatre about art, the Broadway musical business is an exception. Broadway is the big-business part of stage show business. About 75% of the gross receipts on Broadway are from musicals. Bringing a musical to the stage is a very expensive proposition. On the other hand, if a musical is a blockbuster hit, it can make a lot of money for its investors. Yes, that's right, investors. To raise enough capital to get a musical on its feet, the producers must look for people with money to invest. Traditionally this has been done through limited partnerships or profit participation. But one of the most recent developments was undertaken by producer Garth Drabinsky and his Livent Inc. out of Toronto, Ontario, producer of Show Boat and Ragtime. He went beyond the world of private investors and offered shares in his company on the NASDAQ stock exchange! As an investment, musicals are very speculative and most people who invest in them lose their money. It's basically a rich man's game. It should be noted that although Drabinsky was fired by Livent after his indictment for cooking the books, the shows (and the company) go on.

The long-run hit has been the economic goal of Broadway-style commercial theatre for many years. The current New York record holder is Cats, which passed the previous leader A Chorus Line in 1997 with 6,138 performances since 1982. One of the longest running shows in Los Angeles was a little straight play about fans of the Chicago Cubs called Bleacher Bums which closed in 1991 after 11 years. It probably cost about $29.95 to open. Obviously profitability depends not only on how long a show runs, but how many people you can get into the theatre and how much they pay. The current Broadway top, the face value of the most expensive ticket, is $75. A sold-out Broadway house can bring in as much as $100,000 per night, eight times per week. In order to make back its nut, the amount of money needed to open a show, a musical has to run for several months just to break even. After that, profit can be made by investors. The nut for a big musical averages about $10 million these days. Shows that close early for lack of audience, and many do, are financial disasters. *

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A Chorus Line: A Case History: This second most popular musical of all time was unusual in that it had a comparatively small budget due to its modest use of scenery and costumes. It opened on Broadway in 1975 and closed in 1990 after over 6000 performances. During that time over 6.5 million people saw it and 511 actors cycled through its cast of twenty. It was jointly produced by The New York Shakespeare Festival and Michael Bennett (its author and director). It won the Tony Award for best musical and in numerous other categories as well. Its nut was only $1.1 million, a laughably small amount even in its own day. By the time it closed it had grossed about $147 million. But that is only part of the story of a successful American musical. Even while a show is running on Broadway, new companies are cloned to perform in other cities, and on the road. For instance, the Los Angeles company ran from 1976 to 1978 before touring to other cities. The show ultimately was performed in twenty-two nations and brought in an additional $131 million. Some of this income was gained through sale of records, T-shirts, other souvenirs, and the film rights. The total profit after expenses had been deducted was about $50 million. With their 75% share the New York Shakespeare Festival created an endowment that helps to support them to this day. Who said musicals aren't good for art?

As we have learned, many musicals are made into films as well. The producers sold the film rights of A Chorus Line to Universal Pictures in 1975 for $5.5 million plus 20% of the distributor's gross rentals above $30 million. This turned out to be a very smart move for the theatre people since by the time the film got made in 1985 nobody cared about A Chorus Line anymore. This film which cost $27 million to make brought in only $9.8 million. The film people lost over $17 million on the deal."

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