Using the original tour of Phantom of the Opera as an example. Los Angeles got a sit down run which then took a little time off and moved to San Francisco where it ran a very long time. Toronto and Las Vegas (much later in a short version with a specially designed theatre) also got sit down runs--these productions were not designed to easily move. The first national tour started in Chicago (I believe for 9 or more months) and initially played longer runs--this company's set was about 36 feet deep. The second national tour's set was about 30 feet deep--this tour played just about everywhere and forever. The first may have had a short run because in wouldn't fit in many theatres. I know at least the Fox Theatre in St Louis after having the 2nd national tour play a run--moved the back wall of the theatre back about 20 additional feet in order to be able to book a return of the first national tour (also well as in anticipation of additional upcoming blockbuster tours.