Here in the big city (Chicago), I notice that a lot of the more popular musicals/dramas such as Chicago, Rent, Cats, Les Miserablés and what have you get held over for a few weeks by “popular demand” which I suspect is theatre-speak for “We’re still selling out shows, so we’ll squeeze this out a bit longer”. However, these are traveling shows (New York to Boston to Chicago to wherever… etc) it seems to me that someone in Kansas City has already bought some tickets to the March 17th showing of Muppets on Ice which was supposed to leave Chicago on the 15th to go to K.C. and is instead sticking around in the Windy City until the 30th.
Does this happen? Is one taking the risk of not having the show in town by buying tickets for the first week or so of the showing? Or do the theatre groups plan a few weeks of buffer zone in there in case this happens? Seems that a buffer zone would lead to two weeks of no shows anywhere if it didn’t do as well as hoped, but extending the show in one city screws over people in another city. How do they handle this?
“I guess it is possible for one person to make a difference, although most of the time they probably shouldn’t.”