Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Frost/Nixon at the Ahmanson
Has been a little while since I've posted to the blog as I think everyone has been leery as to the economy and how that relates to theater. Many readers out there are aware of my production company Dreampeddler Productions and our mission to not just fund theater projects but to be profitable in doing so. One of the intended shows in our initial portfolio was WEST SIDE STORY. Well, if you check out the grosses for the show, it has been in the top 5 shows since it opened. Looks like it will be quite a money maker.
Bottom line is, right now the trend is big title, less perceived risk by the ticket buyer. Heck, even GUYS AND DOLLS is selling tickets and they did not do well with the critics. But - Big Title = Ticket Sales.
Now for Frost/Nixon. The show was very enjoyable at the Ahmanson - but Stacy Keach was amazing as Nixon. What was most intriguing was he had to act for stage AND film. The play works its way to the final scenes which take place on a TV set with a live feed of the video playing on a large projection screen while the actors perform the scene below it. This is quite a challenge because acting for the screen is different than acting for the stage. But somehow, Keach was able to reach the back row with his performance while maintaining a very "still" performance for the camera. It was fascinating to watch, and he was dead on.