Why I’m producing this revival on Broadway next season.

As you know, I’m a data guy.  I like to look at numbers and economic trends to see if there’s a way to “moneyball” Broadway (hence all the infographics I’ve done like this one).  To put it in financial terms, I guess you could call me a Broadway quant.

That’s how I stumbled on the next show I’m going to produce on Broadway.

One of my earliest blogs (way back in 2007 if you can believe it) was about the 10 longest running shows of all time, and how none of them had stars attached.  A few years later, I wrote a follow up to that blog, updating the list and coming to the same conclusion.

A few months ago, I was getting ready to update that blog once again, when I noticed some interesting numbers that I could not ignore.

And they inspired me to grab the rights, grab a space, and produce the show on Broadway next season.

What show?

Here we go . . .

Of the ten longest running shows on Broadway, all of them . . . all of them . . . have either:

  • Have had major revivals or are about to be revived (Cats, Miss Saigon, etc.)
  • Closed in the last ten years.
  • Or are still running.

Except one.

Until now.

And that show is . . .

Oh! Calcutta!

That’s right blog readers, I’m bringing sexy back.

Seriously, remember that blog I wrote last week about the family musical invasion?  It kind of reminds me of when Vegas went all family and put up roller coasters and water parks . . . and how’d that work out for them?  It didn’t.  And the town didn’t recover until the “What happens in Vegas . . . ” tag line was born years later.

I’m scared that’s what is happening to Broadway as well.  So, I’m going to balance out those family shows with this great sex revue.  It’s part of my mission, right?  Do @#$% that other people don’t.

Well, no one is producing Oh! Calcutta!  No one is producing shows with full nudity.  So I’m gonna do it.

In fact, we’ve already sketched out some of the costumes (yes, shows with full nudity still have costumes – there’s just not much to them).  If you want to see a glimpse of what those costumes will look like . . . click here.

And to get tickets to the show and check out our new website, click here.

Oh, clothing is NOT optional for audience members, by the way.  Leave the nudity to the professionals.


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  • Hmm. So what are your thoughts then on this show that has registered (really) for the Hollywood Fringe Festival in June: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/3575 . Needless to say, it is not one I’m planning to go to (out of 189 other shows currently registered, I’ve found quite a few of interest)

    From that page:


    Welcome to The Nude Zone….where every body is beautiful! Nude mandatory audience so we’re all in this together…in real time! To kick off the evening, a seasoned nude comic will open the show. Then, a one act serio-comedic play (25 minutes, one male, one female) about body acceptance, followed by a brief introduction to the social nudist lifestyle. The show finishes with a talkback session, where guests are encouraged to address their comforts, discomforts or general observations about the experience. A fun, unique and liberating event!

    *Bring a clothing bag, a beach towel (for placing on the seat) and please shower before arriving. NO photography allowed. All cellphones MUST be turned off before entering and stored in your clothing bag in the adjacent Disrobing Room (which will also have a clothes check person and bathroom). The theater will be a cell-free and clothes-free zone for the hour. Imagine that! Security will be present.

  • Carvanpool says:

    Good one!

  • Marshall says:

    Oy. You sure, Ken? I have a DVD of the original show (trivia fans: TV ‘s “Maude”–guy who played her husband is in it) and it really kinda sucks. No pun intended.

    Yeah, everyone is naked. And there’s lots of Vaudeville-ish T&A jokes/skits. But the music? The word “rewrite” comes to mind. Like in…the authors/composers never heard the word. If that’s the best they could muster, well…I DID remember “Maude’s” husband was in it; not really a tunefest.

    Hope your stats pay still hold water (“Wait! I gotta pee!”) after 40 years…STOP!

    Ha ha ha! You got me! April Fools back atcha! 🙂

  • Kevin Davis says:

    Good one Ken. You got me!!!

  • Dan Radakovich says:

    Good day to post it :). Though if it had better[or any] good songs I might have bought it.

  • Ruth says:

    You had me . . . . but I should have known better.

  • David Merrick Jr says:

    I saw this during its successful Broadway run during the 70s at the then-Edison Theater.

    Not only was it a dog, it wasn’t even sexy…

  • RICK says:

    Ken, Wow! Oh! Calcutta! I was so excited that I clicked on the costumes and decided to add some nudity, sex, drugs, alcohol, and rock and roll to my Musical…….Which you are presently reading…..Thank You!…But wait!…I need to add some new costume ideas…I was thinking of DULUTH TRADING CO. …WITH MANLY MEN…., AND MOXIE WOMEN… ONLY IN THEIR UNDERWEAR…

    Ken, YOU… almost (April fool me)….HAD ME AT HELLO….Now…after you read mine and Norlans’ script….YOU WILL COMPLETE ME….Now lets get to the fun part…..SHOW ME THE MONEY…Thanks Ken D. You Rock Dude!

  • You got me! I clicked both links.

  • John C. Luzaich says:

    Actually, Oh! Calcutta! ran in the same theatre venue I managed years later. ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, GREASE, WHOREHOUSE, JOSEPH, and a ton of other shows ran when it was the Phoenix, Eden, Entermedia, at 12th St & 2nd Av. It’s now the Village East Cinema. Marcel Marceau performed for the first time in the United States there too!

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