Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Dead Show Walking: Broadway’s “Paradise Square” Scored 10 Tony Nominations But No One Is Going to See It


No one knows why “Paradise Square” received 10 Tony nominations. No one except Tony nominators who were clearly not in touch with reality.

The musical received terrible reviews. It’s also a bust at the box office. And oh yeah it’s produced by Garth Drabinsky, an ex con.

Last week, “Paradise Square” — despite the Tony nominations — made just $241,952. With a huge cast and orchestra, not to mention theater costs, the musical is bleeding red ink. It’s a Dead Musical Walking. It’s playing at just 57% of its capacity.

The Tonys are on June 12th. “Paradise Square” will not win anything. If box office continues at this pace — same as it’s been for weeks — the end will be announced in short order.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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