It opened at the Papermill with no intention of going to Broadway. It was meant to showcase the show, and act as a marketing tool to sell the show to colleges. That's why the set is a 1/10th what Disney would normally put into a show. It's easily recreatabls, relatively cheap, easy to downsize, and mobile so the set can move from production to production. Newsies just ended up being a much greater success than anticipated.
The chances of it appearing at Chichester are next to nil, it makes no sense.
It's not like they are doing it to deliberately annoy you, guys. They wanted to announce, them something happened that meant the announcement was pulled. Maybe someone dropped out, maybe they realised they had miscast someone, maybe the social media people thought it would be fine but director/producer etc said they didn't want it announced just yet.
Having now seen Spider-man... I don't think it is as bad as people made out. The score isn't imaginative, but the sound is great, and it is the instrumental parts that stick in your mind. It had more of an opera feel than a typical musical. I loved the "style" of the piece, being a fan of the comic books. The ariel stunts were obviously great, though it did appear that the budget had run out in places, unsurprising given the overruns. The book could do with tightening, but on the whole it's alright. A C+.
I think the arena tour is the best option. The show didn't have an out of town try out because it was build into the Foxwoods theatre, so an arena tour would allow it to be set up easier, and find it's audience, whilst increasing the spectacle of the flying bits.
Saw Willemijn Verkaik on Broadway last night. Definitely the best Elphaba I have ever seen. Stephen Schwartz was in the audience and seemed to approve. Would love her to come to London, but don't see it happening.
My apologies lesterf, Ticketmaster have now put up £65 tickets (+ almost 8 quids worth of fees). I wonder how much of the place will be at the £65 range though... And a seat in the upper tier at the 02 isn't worth that anyway, she'll be teeny tiny, more like Barbra Streis-ant.