What do you think will recoup this year? Survey results revealed!
We had a record number of entries to this Spring’s “Will It Recoup” contest. This year’s players included some of Broadway’s biggest players, as well as high school students, regional theater directors, folks from overseas and more. It’s quite a collection of handicappers . . . but just like Nathan’s Famous Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest, there can only be one winner.
Who will it be?
We’ve got some time before the Kindle winner is revealed, so until then I thought we’d take a look at what the majority of you thought.
Below are the results of how all of you voted on each show’s recoupment chances:
A View From The Bridge
87.9% It WILL recoup
12.1% It will NOT recoup
The Miracle Worker
44.3% It WILL recoup
55.7% It will NOT recoup
A Behanding in Spokane
36.6% It WILL recoup
63.4% It will NOT recoup
27.8% It WILL recoup
72.2% It will NOT recoup
20.8% It WILL recoup
79.2% It will NOT recoup
24.3% It WILL recoup
75.7% It will NOT recoup
Lend Me A Tenor
49.3% It WILL recoup
50.7% It will NOT recoup
72.6% It WILL recoup
27.4% It will NOT recoup
46.5% It WILL recoup
53.5% It will NOT recoup
So, according to the majority of you, there will be TWO recoupers in this lot of nine, A View From The Bridge and Fences. Those two winners would put us slightly ahead of our industry standard recoupment rate of 1 out of 5 shows. Sounds like a safe, star-driven bet to me.
Then again, the majority picked 33 Variations to recoup last year, and thought that God of Carnage was going to be a financial bomb. 😉 Don’t feel so bad. I produced Oleanna this year, remember?
What do I think? I think there’s a good shot at getting three shows into the black this Spring . . . which would put us at 3 out of 9.
And that’s a pretty dang good batting average for any business.
Stay tuned to the blog for updates as the season goes on, and good luck to all the players!
And even better luck to all the actual Producers.
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