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Broadway Detours Down The Las Vegas Strip

By Chuckmonster on Saturday, 1st October 2005 11:36pm
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This is another of the batch of Vegas-related stories that popped up on the New York Times website today:

The only real problem with the newest Broadway Theater - a $40 million technical marvel featuring 1,200 cushy seats, ample legroom, excellent sightlines and the old-fashioned feeling of a temple, not a hangar - is getting there. For one thing, it's inconvenient to the subway. About 2,500 miles inconvenient.

For another, to reach this Broadway, which opened in August at the Wynn resort here, you have to pass through the gleaming, clanking casino, where doomed souls are chained Bosch-like to one-armed bandits and battalions of high-heeled hostesses dash by with trays of liquid encouragement. By the time you escape the smoky commotion and enter the theater - built for a production of the slacker puppet musical "Avenue Q" - you may welcome the chance to buy a $16 Kahl˙a frozen chocolate in a souvenir Wynn glass at the gracious lobby bar. At least you needn't worry about gulping it down before curtain; it's allowed in the house. Indeed, the seats have cup holders.

When the producers of "Avenue Q" announced their decision to forgo the traditional multicity tour in favor of an indefinite run in the bowels of a casino, many theaterati, especially the shut-out road tour bookers, were outraged. Was the Tony-winning pride of Broadway, a New York show if ever there was one, being sent to the desert to be slaughtered? To be cut to 90 minutes, scrubbed of its Bush-bashing and performed by a non-Equity troupe of strippers and Elvises? Even though none of this turned out to be true, the grumblers still worried about the emergence of a crass money-sucking operation even more elaborate than the one long established in New York.



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