Join today and you can easily save your favourite articles, join in the conversation and comment, plus select which news your want direct to your inbox. Melbourne's musical theatre scene is just in interval.MARY Poppins was practically perfect in every way, which explains why the musical enchanted full houses in Melbourne for nine months. Annie and Moonshadow are playing for 12-week seasons, as will upcoming revivals of South Pacific and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.''Producers are getting nervous,'' says Australian Stage critic Vito Mattarelli.
You are currently viewing the Jekyll & Hyde: The Complete Work - The Gothic Musical Thriller (1994 Concept Cast) Album Cover. Lilla Crawford attends the alice + olivia by Stacey Bendet Fall 2016 presentation at The Gallery, Skylight at Clarkson Sq on February 16, 2016 in New York City. According to senior industry figures, the reasons differ for each show.''If you're doing a revival of South Pacific or Annie,'' says veteran producer John Frost, ''you know that a huge chunk of the audience has seen them before.

So, you pitch them for 12 weeks and feel safe you'll make your money back and turn a profit. And A Funny Thing was restricted to 12 weeks because of [lead performer] Geoffrey Rush's availability.''Early this year, strong demand prompted A Chorus Line to increase its four-week run to five. Islam's nephew, producer Anthony Georgiou, says the show will run at a loss until it plays overseas.
Now, we're seeing more innovation in certain areas, so you can understand why those producers opt for shorter runs.''Of course, shorter runs mean less time to recoup costs. Create your slideshowBy using the code above and embedding this image, you consent to Getty Images' Terms of Use. Personally, I prefer short runs because I enjoy the creative process of new shows more than repetition.

Most performers prefer the security of a long-running show, though.''No doubt these performers will be attracted to King Kong, which has booked the Regent for all of 2013. The first six months will be used to build the lavish set, and the show debuts in June.''There's no doubt we'll see a return to long-running shows,'' Frost says.

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