The Roundabout is Probably Screwed

Well, it’s been quite a weekend for Todd Haimes and the Roundabout Theatre Company.

First, Megan Mullally quits the revival of Lips Together, Teeth Apart after apparently being upset with her co-star, Patton Oswalt, who was making his Broadway debut. Then, All About Me, which is currently playing in the Roundabout-owned Henry Miller’s Theatre, posts its closing notice for Sunday. All About Me which was about dueling acts of Dame Edna and Michael Feinstein, received mixed reviews and was not making enough money at the box office.

I would like to know why the Roundabout had to cancel Lips Together, Teeth Apart because Megan Mullally quit. Didn’t she have an understudy? Or was that understudy not enough of a star?

Then there’s what is happening with the Henry Miller Theatre. The Roundabout only booked one show for that theater and that was Bye Bye Birdie, and we know what critics thought of that. It closed in January and the Roundabout had an empty space, so they decided to rent it out. Did they think that Bye Bye Birdie was going to run forever? What non-profit plans their season and only books one show for one theater? (Unless you want to count The Coast of Utopia as one play)

So they go and rent out their theater and that play doesn’t prove profitable. The Roundabout will end the Broadway season with two dark theaters unless they find something to put in their theaters that opens by April 29. Which is probably not going to happen. Not that they won’t find a play, but I don’t think that it will open by the Tony Award cutoff. (Which reminds me, what ever happened to Hughie/Krapp’s Last Tape?)

There have been rumors that the Roundabout has been in trouble, but this might be the last hit that they can take. However, their off-Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie has been extended. But having darkened Broadway theaters loses a lot of money.

But I do think that Can You Run the Roundabout Better Than Todd Haimes? would be a great idea for a reality show.

One thought on “The Roundabout is Probably Screwed

  1. […] for some reason, though I’m following her) thinks that the disaster otherwise known as the now-off Broadway production of Terence McNally’s Lips Together, Teeth Apart could end Roundabo…. With all due respect, no such luck. There is also a piece on the idea of theater as community […]

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