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Costs Breakdown - Does Anyone Know

17 February 2014 - 10:25 AM

Does anyone know how costs breakdown for a hit show.
What do I mean ?
I am making these figures up but you will get the idea. If anyone knows what the actual figurees are I am sure we would all be intrigued!
Lets suppose a show has a sell out audience of 1000 punters each paying an average of £50.
That is income of £50,000 per show.
Eight shows a week makes £400,000.
And lets say it runs for a year which makes £20.8m.

My question is, on average, where does the money go.
What %age would go on the theatre hire, musicians, backstage wages, cast wages, writer, producer etc etc.
So lets say this was Les Mis how much of that £20.8m goes into Cameron Macs pocket.

Obviously this varies from show to show but is there a sort of ballpark figure that impressarios would work on and try to achieve.

2014 Who Will Not Make It Through The Year

10 February 2014 - 02:57 PM

OK a bit gruesome for some but brace yourselves.
My predictions for musicals that will close by the end of the year.

Stephen Ward
From Here to Eternity
The Commitments
Dirty Dancing
Thriller - Live!

What do you clever lot think.
have I missed any out.

Greatest Musical - Staging And Cast

26 June 2013 - 03:38 PM

After a couple of days up this seems to be the list

Guys and Dolls
Les Mis
Sweeney Todd
My Fair Lady
West Side Story

and a cracking good list too.

So next task is
1 What production of any of these did you enjoy the most
2 How could it have been improved
3 What would be your dream cast for any of these.

I will kick off saying the National's staging of Guys and Dolls was just brilliant.
And I cannot imagine Sweeney ever having a better top two than Michael Ball and Imelda. They were amazing. And Imelda was also in G&D playing Miss Adelaide when I saw that. She is a treasure.

The Greatest Musical

25 June 2013 - 03:22 PM

OK here we go.
And before I name any here are the 4 criteria.
1 Story. Got to be a story that holds up.
2 Humour. We all like a laugh. While not mandatory I bet when we end up with a top ten they will all have moments of comedy.
3 Stonking good songs. And hopefully a real show stopper in there. How many times have you got home and could not sing a tune from the show you have just seen. Too often I bet.
4 Commercial. I know some of you will jump on this but it has to be here. No good writing the best musical ever if it closes in a week. Of course I say that if the first 3 are there then this will naturally follow.

So before we crack on and name shows how does this criteria stand up.
Not bad eh. but open to change at this early stage.

And rule 2.
Please name ONE show only (for starters) and make out your case.