Opening Night Reception May Have Bearing on Future of Minnelli

News   Opening Night Reception May Have Bearing on Future of Minnelli Press reviews following the Dec. 8 opening of Liza Minnelli's Broadway opening of Minnelli on Minnelli at the Palace Theatre could influence the producers' plans for extending the show.

Press reviews following the Dec. 8 opening of Liza Minnelli's Broadway opening of Minnelli on Minnelli at the Palace Theatre could influence the producers' plans for extending the show.

A Variety story (Dec. 8) reported that the producers plan a possible tour, as well as an extension of Minnelli on Minnelli at the Gershwin Theatre.

Liza Minnelli is booked the 1,700-seat Palace Theatre through Jan. 2, but she must quit that theatre in the first week of January to make room for Aida.

A plan by the producers to extend Minnelli on Minnelli at the 1,900-seat Gershwin Theatre is feasible, since Tango Argentino plays there only through Jan. 9. The Gershwin is a Nederlander house; Scott Nederlander is a co-producer on Minnelli on Minnelli.

The next show scheduled at the Gershwin Theatre is the Shannon Company rendition of Riverdance, titled Riverdance -- On Broadway. The show previews begin Mar. 3, with the show opening Mar. 16 and running through June 25. Another factor is ticket sales. Minnelli on Minnelli broke the Palace Theatre's box office record for first-day phone sales and is now running at 59.18 percent of capacity according to weekly statistics from the League of American Theatre and Producers. (The same statistical report said that Tango Argentino was running at 39.56 percent capacity.) Opening night press could have a bearing on the show's advance and, in turn, the producers' plans for the show.

Having successfully staged a week of previews with Minnelli on Minnelli at the Palace, Liza Minnelli is said to be strong and ready for a full run with her comeback show.