|re: I think there is some chance that Variety was wrong|
|Last Edit: AlanScott 06:40 pm EST 11/24/22|
|Posted by: AlanScott 06:39 pm EST 11/24/22|
|In reply to: re: I think there is some chance that Variety was wrong - BobPlak 11:26 am EST 11/24/22|
|It's good that they made the correction. Since Toys opened on a Thursday, it seems to me that it probably isn't 456, as that is a multiple of 8, and it's unlikely that it played four extra holiday performances during its run. Unlikely that it played any extra ones, although the schedule might have been altered some weeks to include a holiday matinee (with another performance canceled), but I think it's a bit unlikely that it ever gave a total of more than eight in a single week. Anyway, it seems to me that 460 is more likely the correct total. 57 full weeks plus four in the opening week.
This is what I come across often: Variety and other sources giving totals that are multiples of eight, no matter what day the show opened on. Even with some shows sometimes playing more than eight performances during a holiday week, it's fairly rare that a show that didn't open on a Monday (or Tuesday once the Tuesday through Sunday schedule became more common for shows from the beginning of their runs) will have played a run that's an exact multiple of 8. At one time — through the 1920s and into the early 1930s — it was very common indeed for shows to open on a Monday, but then it became less common. It started to seem smarter not to close out of town on a Saturday and open two days later on Broadway. Almost unimaginable now that this was so common.
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