Prerecorded Production’s Profits Plunge

The controversial Priscilla Queen of the Desert, which has drawn fire for using a recorded string section in the place of live music, continues to see its grosses fall.  Last month saw the biggest drop in Priscilla’s average weekly take since June.  Despite a massive advertising campaign, it is no surprise that it continues to struggle given bad reviews and worse word-of-mouth.   More and more people are becoming aware of Priscilla’s canned tunes, thanks in large part to word of mouth and the grassroots support of nearly 20,000 fans of the Save Live Music on Broadway Facebook page.  Thousands of people have signed a petition to the Broadway League demanding that Broadway musicals be kept live.  Given the rising awareness of the importance of live music as a cultural legacy and the falling fortunes of Priscilla, hopefully producers think twice before canning live music in the future.


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