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An early review of a show can be an extremely helpful tool for a producer. Like a report card in school, it serves as a barometer to how the show will fair on the big stage. That being said, there are a lot of other factors to consider. A show that gets rave reviews in central Kentucky might not bode well under the bright lights of Broadway. I think the most important part of a show in this example is audience involvement, and it's very hard to replicate the unique melting pot of New York City somewhere else in this country. Let's talk sports for a moment. Take the Jets, a team with mediocre record who is sharing the city with the Super Bowl Champions, and move them in Oklahoma. They would be adored beyond compare in a small market and they would probably win their division in the south-west. But put them in NY where the media is watching them like fish at an aquarium and make them play historic sports cities like Boston, Philadelphia and DC. Things will end up a little differently. The same principal works in reverse. I have a hard time believing that the hot pastrami sandwich gets as many orders at a restaurant in Kansas City as it does at the Carnegie deli. (Have you ever had Kansas City BBQ? Unreal!) Anyway, my long drawn out point is, location is key. Marketing principals 101. In my opinion the only TRUE test for a Broadway show is on "Broadway." After all, you only get to make a first impression...ONCE!
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Yes I believe they do. A song can almost be more iconic to a movie than the title. Imagine a musical version of The Graduate without 'Mrs Robinson' or a remake of Risky Business without Bob Seger's 'Old Time Rock and Roll'. Here is another example, what if you ordered a cheeseburger at restaurant and it was served without the bun? Technically its not essential to the burger and its rarely ever listed as an ingredient on the menu, but as a customer, you expect it. The problem with remakes is at the audience comes expecting certain staples. If not as a main element, at least mention it as a spoof or undertone. It serves as a reminder to them about how much they loved the original.
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