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

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.


Box Office Report: Troubled Year Ends on Up Note; Tom Cruise’s ‘M:I 4’ Still Leads

Christian Bale’s ‘Flowers of War’ Grosses $83 Mil In 17 Days In China

Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese Receive Nominations for DGA Award

Producers Guild Nominates 10 Movies From ‘The Artist’ to ‘War Horse’

WGA Nominations Dominated By Comedies

The Numbers Behind the First Positive Album-Sales Year Since 2004

Indie Labels Just 12% of 2011 U.S. Sales. Here’s How The Major Labels Divided The Rest

U2 Had 2011’s Highest Grossing Tour

Broadway Hits Gold In Buffalo

Patrick Healy Looks Back At Theater In 2011

Jessica Chastain To Star In Broadway Revival Of The Heiress

Hugh Jackman to Return to Broadway in Houdini in 2013/2014 Season

Van Halen Announce 2012 Tour And Yes David Lee Roth’s Singing\

Martha Stewart’s Daytime Show To End Run

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Pirate Jailed

Universal Considering ‘Bridesmaids’ Sequel Without Kristen Wiig

Fans Invest In German Film Version Of ‘The Office’

As Celebrities Choose Amazon, Is This The End For Publishers?

Viacom Owes Additional $383 Million in ‘Rock Band’ Video Game Dispute, Arbitrators Say

Jerry Garcia Back From The Grateful Dead

Analyst: Netflix Now The 15th Most-Watched TV ‘Network’ In U.S.

Warner Brothers Will Make Netflix, Redbox, Blockbuster Wait Longer For New Movies

HBO Forces Netflix To Go Elsewhere For Its DVDs

Actress Who Is Suing IMDB Now Has A Name

In Hollywood’s Clubby Culture, A Disney Marketer’s Rapid Downfall

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Leader Is Under Fire,0,3918229.story