Miss Abigail’s Guide opens in October! And guess who is starring?

I used to skip dinner so I could see this girl.

Forget about Marsha, and well, Cindy was just a plain whiner.

For me, it was all about Jan.

And she was in my living room twice a day, from 5-6, on channel 56.  And I loved her.

Yep, I’m talking about none other than everyone’s favorite middle daughter, Jan Brady from The Brady Bunch, also known as the fantastic actress Eve Plumb.

And I couldn’t be more thrilled to announce that Eve will be starring in Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage this Fall!  And it just went on sale TODAY!

Miss A will start performances at Sofia’s Downstairs Theater on October 7th and officially open on Sunday, October 24th.

Don’t know what the show’s about?  Here’s a mini-blurb:

Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage is the story of Miss Abigail, the most sought-after relationship expert to the stars (think Dr. Ruth meets Emily Post),  and her sexy side-kick Paco, as they travel the world teaching Miss Abigail’s outrageously funny “how-tos” on dating, mating and marriage.

Check out the website for more:  www.MissAbigailsGuide.com.

I hope you’ll join me at the theater in October to welcome Eve to the NY theater scene!  I guarantee lots of fun.

It would be worth you skipping dinner for.

Get tickets.

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Speaking of announcements, keep your eyes on the blog next . . . uh . . . Tuesday, I think.  I’ve got something cookin’ that you’re really going to get a kick out of.

A test case for a “troubled” (?) musical.

– Disappointing out-of-town reviews.  Check.

– Disappointing message board buzz from early out-of-town previews.  Check.

– Director replaced.  Check.

– Michael Riedel taking swings at the show on an almost weekly basis.  Check.

The Addams Family had all four of these unfortunate items marked off the “troubled musical” checklist well before “it” came into town.

Now that TAF has been in performances for a few weeks, let’s look at some more of what The Addams Family has to buzz about.
– w/e 4/18/10    $1,261,490

– w/e 4/11/10    $1,240,377

– w/e 4/4/10      $1,391,177

– w/e 3/28/10    $1,302,707

– w/e 3/21/10    $1,328,460

– w/e 3/14/10    $1,192,213

Now, all of a sudden, some people talking smack on a message board back in October, about performances in Chicago, doesn’t seem so bad, does it?

Producers, actors, authors, etc. are constantly worried about bad industry buzz and how it will affect a show. No one wants the label of a “troubled” show.  Well, if ever there was a test case that proved that there is a giant chasm between what our industry hears about the development of a show, and what our audience hears about the development of a show, The Addams Family is it.

TAF feels like a big Broadway musical.  It has stars.  It has a powerful brand.  It has a powerful brand that’s funny.  It already feels musical because of its popular theme song.  It is about a world that provides for spectacle.  Etc.  Etc.

And all of those elements are what a huge majority of the Broadway audience wants to see, no matter who is replaced or who is writing what.

Don’t worry about what insiders may say.  Worry about what your audience will say.  They are the ones who actually pay for their tickets.

And when they really want to see a show, they’ll have no “trouble” paying premium prices.

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