Showbiz Sandbox 131: Broadway Flops Find New Life On The Road

January 9, 2012

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Even the worst Broadway flops can wind up turning a profit once they begin touring in cities throughout the world. Patrick Healy, the theater news and features reporter for the New York Times, explains how sometimes it doesn’t matter if you make it big on the Great White Way, provided you’re a hit in Buffalo. He also provides a glimpse at what we might see at this year’s Tony awards.

Speaking of awards, the Director’s Guild, Writer’s Guild and Producer’s Guild announced their nominations for end-of-year accolades, helping to further define which films might be in the running for this year’s Oscars. Still, there doesn’t seem to be a front runner for Best Picture.

Music sales were up in 2011 for the first time since 2004. As expected, the sale of digital albums rose significantly as CD’s and other physical copies continued to decline.

Of course, we cover all the week’s top entertainment news including Van Halen’s reunion tour, new trouble for Netflix and the resignation of Disney’s marketing head.

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Box Office Report: Troubled Year Ends on Up Note; Tom Cruise’s ‘M:I 4’ Still Leads
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/box-office-mission-impossible-tom-cruise-277079

Christian Bale’s ‘Flowers of War’ Grosses $83 Mil In 17 Days In China
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/christian-bale-flowers-of-war-box-office-278023

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese Receive Nominations for DGA Award
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/movies/2012/01/dga-awards-nominees-woody-allen-martin-scorcese-directors.html

Producers Guild Nominates 10 Movies From ‘The Artist’ to ‘War Horse’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/producers-guild-nominees-war-horse-277435

WGA Nominations Dominated By Comedies
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/writers-guild-nominations-278711

The Numbers Behind the First Positive Album-Sales Year Since 2004
http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/record-labels/soundscan-s-year-end-charts-the-numbers-1005793352.story

Indie Labels Just 12% of 2011 U.S. Sales. Here’s How The Major Labels Divided The Rest
http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2012/01/indies-just-12-of-2011-us-music-sales-how-4-3-major-labels-divided-the-rest.html

U2 Had 2011’s Highest Grossing Tour
http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/29/idUS51807594120111229

Broadway Hits Gold In Buffalo
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/24/theater/sheas-performing-arts-center-in-buffalo.html

Patrick Healy Looks Back At Theater In 2011
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/theater/patrick-healy-looks-back-at-theater-in-2011.html

Jessica Chastain To Star In Broadway Revival Of The Heiress
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city/news/01-2012/jessica-chastain-to-star-in-broadway-revival-of-th_47515.html

Hugh Jackman to Return to Broadway in Houdini in 2013/2014 Season
http://www.theatermania.com/new-york-city/news/01-2012/hugh-jackman-to-return-to-broadway-in-houdini-in-2_47453.html

Van Halen Announce 2012 Tour And Yes David Lee Roth’s Singing
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2011/12/van-halen-announce-2012-tour-and-yes-david-lee-roths-singing.html\

Martha Stewart’s Daytime Show To End Run
http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/martha-stewarts-daytime-show-to-end-run/

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Pirate Jailed
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-16262412

Universal Considering ‘Bridesmaids’ Sequel Without Kristen Wiig
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/bridesmaids-sequel-kristen-wiig-universal-277792

Fans Invest In German Film Version Of ‘The Office’
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/the-office-german-film-crowd-funding-276049

As Celebrities Choose Amazon, Is This The End For Publishers?
http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/books/news/as-celebrities-choose-amazon-is-this-the-end-for-publishers-6285033.html

Viacom Owes Additional $383 Million in ‘Rock Band’ Video Game Dispute, Arbitrators Say
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr-esq/viacom-rock-band-dispute-harmonix-276458

Jerry Garcia Back From The Grateful Dead
http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/jerry-garcia-back-from-the-grateful-dead/

Analyst: Netflix Now The 15th Most-Watched TV ‘Network’ In U.S.
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/analyst-netflix-15th-watched-tv-network-278033

Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer For New Movies
http://allthingsd.com/20120105/warner-brothers-will-make-netflix-redbox-blockbuster-wait-longer-for-new-movies/

HBO Forces Netflix To Go Elsewhere For Its DVDs
http://news.cnet.com/8301-31001_3-57353134-261/hbo-forces-netflix-to-go-elsewhere-for-its-dvds

Actress Who Is Suing IMDB Now Has A Name
http://www.deadline.com/2012/01/actress-who-is-suing-imdb-now-has-a-name/

In Hollywood’s Clubby Culture, A Disney Marketer’s Rapid Downfall
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/09/business/media/the-downfall-of-m-t-carney-disneys-marketing-manager.html

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leader Is Under Fire
http://theenvelope.latimes.com/news/la-et-academy-hudson-20120107,0,3918229.story

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