Filmed at The Workplay Theater in Birmingham, AL 9-26-09 with Ona Watson.
Song available on Taylor's new album, The Distance.
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Monday, September 29, 2008
Ticket Sales for Grease on Broadway in Decline Recently
The Broadway production of *Grease* has seen a dramatic decrease in attendance since Taylor Hicks finished his role as Teen Angel this summer. During his reign from June 6 through Sept 7, attendance saw some of its highest levels since the show started a year ago. But since he left, attendance went from the mid 95% level to a dramatic plunge into the 70% level. This weeks gross for the week ending Sept. 28 had only 74.6% of the seats filled, making a mere $443,596. It was reported by the NY Post that Taylor's appearance as Teen Angel in the summer brought in an additional $150K per week. For example, for the week of July 27, 2008, the gross total reached $707,983 with 95% attendance. Apparently the addition of American Idol contestant Ace Young has had little affect maintaining the levels Taylor brought into the show. I'm not saying the dismal attendance all falls in Ace's lap, because the 2 new leads in the show were also replaced recently, but the numbers don't lie.
It's no wonder why their producers asked Taylor to star in the cross-country "Grease" tour this Winter and Spring. The tour will start in New England and end up on the west coast. You can check out Ticketmaster (link at the top of the blog) to see when and where the show will stop in your neighborhood! The addition of Taylor to the cast is not only brilliant, but a big money maker for production! I've got my eyes on a few tickets in San Diego and can't wait to see it!