Thursday, February 16, 2006
"Avenue Q" Disappoints Vegas
The Tony-winning (and very funny) Avenue Q closes early in Vegas. The show created a stir in the theater world by keeping secret its plans to forego a tour in exchange for a sit-down in Las Vegas with its own theater and specifications that seemed perfect for the relatively intimate musical. (It simply doesn't belong in some of the massive barns on tour where Les Miz works just fine.) But tepid ticket sales caused Vegas to pull the plug (and move in Spamalot). My favorite detail: the producers tried to placate the theater owners around the country by sending a Valentine's Day card telling them to enjoy this moment of schadenfreude and then consider the show for a booking. NOTE: Here's one of the stories I wrote about the show for The Advocate.