A 40 minute interval? The Palladium is massive, so I assume the wings/flys are equally massive. There must be something ridiculous in both acts to cause that.
Maybe they will make a 15 min video or something, to make up time. Perhaps some fake, funny commercials and then a "previously on the show" bit. Could be sufficient padding to make the interval seem less of a drag.
I'll weigh in and say I find Mrs Lovett's post very amusing. This board can be very dry, after press night most show threads become essentially people saying they have the same opinion, with slight deviations. In down time, when nothing is really happening apart from the same shows rolling on, there isn't much to say. So having someone like Mrs Lovett making jokes makes the board worth visiting. She (or he, who knows who is behind the screen name) isn't really a troll. Always pretty much on topic, never that offensive, and not doing it to get a rise out of people.
Obviously knock then all down is mad, as the majority are well cared for and look great. And I agree the modern Broadway houses are completely soulless.
But I do think there is something to be said for a large scale modernisation plan. Some theatres just aren't designed for modern useage. Some have very poor legroom, some have insufficient toilets and bars.
As lovely as these buildings are, they are primarily a functional one. I wonder how many directors and producers are finding themselves constrained by the theatre they are in, what with, in the last hundred years or so, every other aspect of theatre having changed far more than their brick and mortor homes.
FOH jobs aren't too hard to get, well... it's luck and charisma and putting yourself forward and being able to shine in a group interview and more. But If you are interested in theatre and can prove you have people skills then you are in with a good shot, but the smaller the theatre the higher the chance of a job. FOH also means you will meet a variety of people doing jobs you didn't even know existed and find out if any of them particularly interest you,
But if you are interested in the management side of theatre, I'd start writing off to production companies and theatres about internships. It'll soon tell you if you want to work in theatre management.
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.