You can see that Golden Age for the long running shows was in the 60s and 70s. So what did we lose in the 80s and beyond that took a bite out of these totals?
Well, here's a hint . . .
In the 60s, 6 of the 17 long runners were plays.
In the 70s, 5 of the 22 long runners were plays.
In the 80s, 2 of the 11 long runners were plays.
In the 90s, there were ZERO long running plays.
In the 00s, there were ZERO long running plays.
The long running play is dead, and it has been for 20 years.
That doesn’t mean that plays can’t be successful. The past two decades have produced financial and artistic successes like Doubt, Proof, and August. But these unfortunate statistics should be used to help manage expectations for Producers and Investors when planning a production of a play.
Thursday, June 04, 2009
1000 Performances and Up
Ken Davenport tries to look at some of the data on long running shows, (musicals versus plays.) His baseline for a "long runner" is 1000 performances or around 2.5 years.