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2000-05-02 00:00:00 - Re: About Patrick Stewart - (Steven Stewart <steven_stewart@wave.bm>)


It seems to me that I saw Stewart promoting this production on a talk show or something. Whatever the case, given that both Miller and Stewart are involved, it's rather shocking that the production would not be doing exceptionally well. I know for sure that if I were in the area, I would certainly go. Perhaps Stewart's efforts will draw more attention to it. Steven Stewart Ann Johnson wrote: > I'm not a big Patrick Stewart fan, but I believe what he says about the lack > of promotion. It can make a big difference. > > Last year, here in Chicago, the Goodman Theatre put on Miller's Death of a > Salesman with Brian Dennehy. I really love Dennehy, but he's not as > talented as Patrick Stewart. I doubt I could have gotten a ticket to Death > of a Salesman even if I'd wanted one---the production was heavily promoted. > > You'd think a talented actor like Patrick Stewart who has decades of stage > experience and a loyal audience, teamed with an award-winning playwright's > new work would get the best promotion available. I bet the publicists were > counting on free TV and print exposure because of Stewart's and Miller's > reputations. > > "Shammie" <shamtrek@aol.compizzagrl> wrote in message > news:20000502015616.19272.00000707@ng-fv1.aol.com... > > I figured you wouldn't mind if I posted this here, since you all know of > my > > close encounter with him. Now I want to go to the play again, my > girlfriend and > > I have already said we would make it so! This time I'll get his autograph. > > ~~ > > Star Trek's Picard stuns audience in Broadway tirade > > By Simon Davis in Los Angeles > > > > Morgan reviews - Patrick Stewart: The actors' actor > > > > The Ride Down Mt Morgan - The New York Theatre Experience > > PATRICK STEWART, the British actor best known for playing Captain Picard > in > > Star Trek, stunned an audience on Broadway by remaining on stage after his > > performance in Arthur Miller's new play to attack the show's producers for > > failing to promote it. > > In a livid tirade that singled out the powerful Shubert organisation, > Stewart, > > 59, said: "Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' > > commitment to this production - especially the Shubert organisation - or > their > > willingness to promote and publicise it." > > > > However, reviews for The Ride Down Mt Morgan have been limp with some > saying > > advance bookings are weak because Stewart is not a big enough draw. Miller > > said: "There has been no attempt to promote the play and we've had enough. > I > > don't know the reason why they're not promoting it." > > > > Stewart added: "I know we have an extraordinary, provocative and > entertaining > > play. What is needed is promotion and publicity. People need to be told a > play > > is out there. This I find deeply puzzling, because this is an important > play by > > America's most distinguished living playwright. Arthur and I feel > frustrated > > and helpless." > > > > Stewart said Shubert had failed to advertise the play in newspapers and > failed > > to post quotes from reviewers outside the theatre. He said: "The front of > the > > theatre looks the same as it did seven weeks ago when we started previews. > > People tell me it looks like the show has not opened yet. Or that it's > closed," > > Stewart repeated his attack after Saturday night's performance and says he > > intends to continue them. His outbursts have focused more attention on the > > play. Sale of tickets to catch his unusual epilogue over the weekend was > brisk. > > > > Philip Smith, Shubert organisation president, rejected the accusations of > > Miller and Stewart, saying the commitment to the play "could not be > stronger". > > He said: "To have Patrick Stewart star on Broadway in an Arthur Miller > play is > > a producer's dream come true. All of us are looking forward to its > continuing > > success." > > > > > > ~~ > > Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of. > > > > > > > >

2000-05-02 00:00:00 - About Patrick Stewart - (shamtrek@aol.compizzagrl)


I figured you wouldn't mind if I posted this here, since you all know of my close encounter with him. Now I want to go to the play again, my girlfriend and I have already said we would make it so! This time I'll get his autograph. ~~ Star Trek's Picard stuns audience in Broadway tirade By Simon Davis in Los Angeles Morgan reviews - Patrick Stewart: The actors' actor The Ride Down Mt Morgan - The New York Theatre Experience PATRICK STEWART, the British actor best known for playing Captain Picard in Star Trek, stunned an audience on Broadway by remaining on stage after his performance in Arthur Miller's new play to attack the show's producers for failing to promote it. In a livid tirade that singled out the powerful Shubert organisation, Stewart, 59, said: "Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' commitment to this production - especially the Shubert organisation - or their willingness to promote and publicise it." However, reviews for The Ride Down Mt Morgan have been limp with some saying advance bookings are weak because Stewart is not a big enough draw. Miller said: "There has been no attempt to promote the play and we've had enough. I don't know the reason why they're not promoting it." Stewart added: "I know we have an extraordinary, provocative and entertaining play. What is needed is promotion and publicity. People need to be told a play is out there. This I find deeply puzzling, because this is an important play by America's most distinguished living playwright. Arthur and I feel frustrated and helpless." Stewart said Shubert had failed to advertise the play in newspapers and failed to post quotes from reviewers outside the theatre. He said: "The front of the theatre looks the same as it did seven weeks ago when we started previews. People tell me it looks like the show has not opened yet. Or that it's closed," Stewart repeated his attack after Saturday night's performance and says he intends to continue them. His outbursts have focused more attention on the play. Sale of tickets to catch his unusual epilogue over the weekend was brisk. Philip Smith, Shubert organisation president, rejected the accusations of Miller and Stewart, saying the commitment to the play "could not be stronger". He said: "To have Patrick Stewart star on Broadway in an Arthur Miller play is a producer's dream come true. All of us are looking forward to its continuing success." ~~ Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of.

2000-05-02 00:00:00 - Re: About Patrick Stewart - (Ann Johnson <Johnson.Ann@att.net>)


I'm not a big Patrick Stewart fan, but I believe what he says about the lack of promotion. It can make a big difference. Last year, here in Chicago, the Goodman Theatre put on Miller's Death of a Salesman with Brian Dennehy. I really love Dennehy, but he's not as talented as Patrick Stewart. I doubt I could have gotten a ticket to Death of a Salesman even if I'd wanted one---the production was heavily promoted. You'd think a talented actor like Patrick Stewart who has decades of stage experience and a loyal audience, teamed with an award-winning playwright's new work would get the best promotion available. I bet the publicists were counting on free TV and print exposure because of Stewart's and Miller's reputations. "Shammie" <shamtrek@aol.compizzagrl> wrote in message news:20000502015616.19272.00000707@ng-fv1.aol.com... > I figured you wouldn't mind if I posted this here, since you all know of my > close encounter with him. Now I want to go to the play again, my girlfriend and > I have already said we would make it so! This time I'll get his autograph. > ~~ > Star Trek's Picard stuns audience in Broadway tirade > By Simon Davis in Los Angeles > > Morgan reviews - Patrick Stewart: The actors' actor > > The Ride Down Mt Morgan - The New York Theatre Experience > PATRICK STEWART, the British actor best known for playing Captain Picard in > Star Trek, stunned an audience on Broadway by remaining on stage after his > performance in Arthur Miller's new play to attack the show's producers for > failing to promote it. > In a livid tirade that singled out the powerful Shubert organisation, Stewart, > 59, said: "Arthur Miller and I no longer have confidence in our producers' > commitment to this production - especially the Shubert organisation - or their > willingness to promote and publicise it." > > However, reviews for The Ride Down Mt Morgan have been limp with some saying > advance bookings are weak because Stewart is not a big enough draw. Miller > said: "There has been no attempt to promote the play and we've had enough. I > don't know the reason why they're not promoting it." > > Stewart added: "I know we have an extraordinary, provocative and entertaining > play. What is needed is promotion and publicity. People need to be told a play > is out there. This I find deeply puzzling, because this is an important play by > America's most distinguished living playwright. Arthur and I feel frustrated > and helpless." > > Stewart said Shubert had failed to advertise the play in newspapers and failed > to post quotes from reviewers outside the theatre. He said: "The front of the > theatre looks the same as it did seven weeks ago when we started previews. > People tell me it looks like the show has not opened yet. Or that it's closed," > Stewart repeated his attack after Saturday night's performance and says he > intends to continue them. His outbursts have focused more attention on the > play. Sale of tickets to catch his unusual epilogue over the weekend was brisk. > > Philip Smith, Shubert organisation president, rejected the accusations of > Miller and Stewart, saying the commitment to the play "could not be stronger". > He said: "To have Patrick Stewart star on Broadway in an Arthur Miller play is > a producer's dream come true. All of us are looking forward to its continuing > success." > > > ~~ > Anything worth taking seriously is worth making fun of. > > > >