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A Wonderful Script Awaits the Box Office Appeal of a Major TV or Movie Star to Bring It to Broadway

Aug 17, 2018  •  Post A Comment

A production that “could be the hottest show on Broadway” and “would be a strong contender to win the Tony next year” has been unable to get a Broadway theater, The New York Post reports, and the problem is a familiar one for live theater producers: It lacks star power.

“Jack Canfora’s ‘Fellow Travelers’ — about the real-life combustible triangle of Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and Marilyn Monroe during the McCarthy era — opened in June to rave reviews at Sag Harbor’s Bay Street Theater,” the story reports. “Local critics called director Michael Wilson’s production ‘phenomenal,’ ‘sharp,’ ‘witty’ and ‘gripping.'”

But the major papers in New York ignored the show, according to the report, which notes: “Without a star above the title, it’s hard for a new American play to get to Broadway. That’s the number-one gripe that producers, agents, investors and actors have about the business.”

The piece adds: “Line up Bryan Cranston, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary-Louise Parker, Nathan Lane or Jim Parsons, and theater owners will give you a tour of their best houses. But show them an exciting new script and the first thing they want to know is: Who’s the star?”

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