In order to further capitalize on their family audiences, the producers of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown submitted and won allowance from the unions for an experimental schedule adding weekend matinees.
The move allows the production to have two performances on Thursdays, one Friday, three Saturday and two Sunday, giving the cast and crew off Monday through Wednesday. (Most Broadway shows set their eight weekly performances to a Mon-Sat or Tu-Sun schedule.)
Alan Eisenberg, executive director for Actors Equity, told PBOL (Mar. 11) that the decision was made "in order to attract a family audience."
Press Rep Jim Byk told PBOL earlier this week, the move was initially considered, "for the virtue of more performances on the weekend, where we're doing quite well. We know what our strengths are and we're hoping to focus on them."
Eisenberg confirmed the new schedule would last four months, "Three shows in a day is a lot of work, we'll try it as an experiment and see if the actor's can handle it physically and emotionally." As of the week ending Feb. 28, YAGMCB was operating at 43 percent of its $496,573 potential. Industry insiders speculate the new schedule would help the musical stay afloat until Tony nominations are announced (May 3) and possibly through the ceremony (June 6).