The Review-Journal has a good article on the breakdown of Broadway-style entertainment in Las Vegas, present and future.
Nice to see it all laid out in one place:
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Here we go, one casino has had a little success at something (Mama Mia) and everyone else moves in with a "Me, Too" entry.
The only ones in this group I could see doing well is Spamalot. I'd love to see Phantom live (I missed the endless performances of it in San Francisco during the mid 90s) but it's toured in every major city for so long that I can't see it being a big attraction here.
I'm going to go ahead with my crystal ball-gazing and call Avenue Q a flop already, since there's already many places on the Strip doing more impressive theater and better raunchy comedy just by shopping around. The show would have been better off artistically if they had turned down the offer from Steve Wynn, as it's one of those displays that's more humorous and shocking when it rolls through your typical straight-laced city, and there's nothing about the Strip and what's on it that matches that profile.
I can see the same fate for The Producers if that happens.
Hairspray is not the kind of thing I'd go see, but neither is Mama Mia, so I'll just have to wait and see on that one.
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