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Wicked was supposed to be a dream show for the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), but it may be turning into a nightmare for the producers.

Scheduled for an unprecedented 4-week Durham run, April 21 – May 16, the touring production of this acclaimed and popular Tony Award-winning musical was to be the high point of DPAC’s current Broadway Musical Season. But now producers, citing "unprofessional behavior", may be firing some cast members — and replacing them with performers from within the Durham community…

Read the full details in today's Upstager.
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Photo of Brooklyn Bridge by Berenice Abbott

The recent sudden closing of the Broadway revival of Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs (after just one week of performances) and the cancellation of its companion piece Broadway Bound (before it opened) caused a lot of consternation and debate in the press and the theater blogosphere. Some blamed the crash and burn on a lack of television stars, some on unappreciative audiences (though others disagree), and some on just plain old bad producing.

The Playgoer blog evaluates the arguments. Playgoer’s conclusion:

Memo to serious drama: Abandon Broadway before it abandons you.




Crossposted from The Upstager

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