Godspell Producer Ken Davenport Hopes Tony Awards Performance Will Help Box Office
By Andrew Gans
Ken Davenport, producer of the Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Godspell, is counting on the show's Tony Awards performance to help boost box-office grosses, which fell to $168,049 (51.5% capacity) for the week ending June 3.
Should ticket sales not increase, the show may end its run June 24, according to a posting on Davenport's blog, "The Producers Perspective."
In his blog Davenport writes, "This is my way of explaining that at this point, Godspell has a heck of a lot riding on that Tony performance, as well as tourist traffic over the next couple of weeks.
"If I don’t see a sizable uptick in sales?
"Well, in that case . . . Godspell may close on Sunday, June 24th.
"Is that a definite? Nope. And if you’re a reader, you know I’m a pretty glass-half-full type of guy, so I’m going to be staying up late over the week or so dreaming up ways we can keep 'singing about love' over at Circle in the Square, so we can keep making audiences happy, and keep the 100 people or so employed for as long as possible."
Directed by Daniel Goldstein and choreographed by Tony Award nominee Christopher Gattelli, Godspell stars Corbin Bleu as Jesus and Wallace Smith as Judas, and co-stars Uzo Aduba, Nick Blaemire, Hannah Elless, Celisse Henderson, Morgan James, Telly Leung, George Salazar and Anna Maria Perez de Tagle.
The rock musical that relates parables of Jesus officially opened at the Circle in the Square Theatre Nov. 7, 2011, following previews that began Oct. 13.
The 66th Annual Tony Awards, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will be broadcast on CBS June 10.
Godspell plays Broadway's Circle in the Square Theatre (1633 Broadway at 50th St.). For more information visit www.godspell.com.
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