This week in
Broadway news is dominated by reports
of “splashy debuts” for singer-songwriter Jason Mraz and comedian-actress Amy
Schumer in Waitress and Meteor Shower, respectively. The big stage
first-timers brought in huge sales;
on the other foot, we’ve seen a trend in shows faltering when its a big name
exits a cast. This strong correlation in successes begs the question: is
Broadway becoming reliant on celebrity?
Jason Mraz, who rose to fame with romantic pop hits
like “I’m Yours” and “I Won’t Give Up” in the late 2000’s, joined Sara
Bareilles’ Waitress for a
ten-week engagement this week. Consequently, gross sales skyrocketed
to $900,167; an over $170,000 increase from the week prior and an all-time
high since the show’s opening in June.
The producers of Waitress, Fran
and Barry Weissler, are the same pair that oversaw the revival of Chicago, notorious for guest starring not just famous
actors but singers, sports players, and television personalities abound.
Click here for the full article published on TicketNews.com by Katie Gainer on November 9, 2017.