Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Two for the road

Two of the hottest shows on Broadway didn't make it in Vegas, leading The New York Times to spin that city's marketing slogan into that "What happens in Vegas does not always stay in Vegas."

"Hairspray," which won the 2003 Tony for Best Musical, is closing about four months after opening at the Luxor Las Vegas Hotel on Feb. 15.

And "Avenue Q," 2004's Best Musical, went straight to Vegas but closed on May 28, running less than a year.

From this vantage point, the flaw lies with Vegas audiences rather than with these two great shows.

The Times points out that "Hairspray" has grossed more than $180 million, with a movie scheduled for next year and a new road tour starting up.

"Avenue Q" is preparing its first national road tour and presenters are excited about booking the clever, funny and entertaining musical that made hand puppets stars.

The multiple Cirque shows in all their kinetic energy still are knocking Vegas audiences out. And "Mamma Mia!" is a hit. A mini-"Phantom of the Opera" opens on June 24. And Monty Python's "Spamalot" opens next year. Of course, those last three are still touring the country and the Vegas dates aren't exclusives.

- Michael K.

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