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B.O. falls off

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Receipts and attendance fell during Week 5 (June 26 to July 2) of the season. Total receipts were $8,776,984, down 4.3% from $9,175,174 during Week 4. Paid attendance was 197,778, a 3.4% drop from…

The ‘Fame’ game

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“Fame, the Musical” may indeed be lame (see review, page 44)- the Observer’s Michael Coveney called it “a shame” – but it’s shaping up to be the first really commercial new musical the West End has…

LETTER

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Editor, Variety: Re: “Battling ‘bills of B’way” (Variety, May 1-7): Who is unhappy? I’m certainly not. Playbill has been there day in and day out, eight shows a week, 365 days a year, for what seems…

THE NAME GAME

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Playwright Alan Bennett seems destined to run afoul of the American name police at every turn. First, his play “The Madness of George III” became his movie “The Madness of King George,” so as not to…

THE INFO GAME

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Friday, June 30,3:30 p.m.: That’s the moment the Royal Court Theatre joined the World Wide Web, marking a first for Britain and, if the Court’s newly appointed marketing director Jess Cleverley is to…

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