October 19, 2016 at 10:10 pm #1201937083
According to the New York Times, there is currently a legal battle because one of the lead producers of The Great Comet (a former Ars Nova board member) has dropped Ars Nova’s billing to that of a financial backer. Previous contracts stated the billing would say “The Ars Nova production of The Great Comet…”
To be frank, the producers need to figure this out, and NOW. Or else they forfeit any chance of claiming best musical in June. You cannot look like you are bullying a little guy (a New York theatre institution no less) it won’t go well for them in the awards season.
http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/10/20/theater/three-words-lead-to-a-battle-over-great-comet-on-broadway.html?action=click&contentCollection=theater®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0&referer=http://lm.facebook.com/lsr.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nytimes.com%2F2016%2F10%2F20%2Ftheater%2Fthree-words-lead-to-a-battle-over-great-comet-on-broadway.html%3Faction%3Dclick%26contentCollection%3Dtheater%26region%3Drank%26module%3Dpackage%26version%3Dhighlights%26contentPlacement%3D2%26pgtype%3Dsectionfront&ext=1476940254&hash=AckJ7WMg8_U7ERjMNPUh9Q98sDbaSmA6XMYXjXHO3XIVCw&_rdrOctober 20, 2016 at 12:13 pm #1201937429
Will this delay the show’s opening?October 20, 2016 at 12:40 pm #1201937451
No highly I doubt it will delay the opening. They have already begun previews. Its just a question of whether or not it reaches the point of heading to court. Hopefully not.October 29, 2016 at 8:49 am #1201941760
It looks like this feud is heating up, according to Michael Riedel’s latest column. http://nypost.com/2016/10/27/mel-brooks-is-bringing-the-young-frankenstein-musical-back-from-the-dead/November 1, 2016 at 8:28 am #1201943020
Well, it looks like this dispute is now coming to an end. http://www.playbill.com/article/great-comet-billing-dispute-may-be-headed-for-resolutionNovember 1, 2016 at 11:34 am #1201943146
I saw a preview of The Great Comet last week and was super disappointed, given all the hype and having Josh Groban in the cast. I will be shocked if it gets wonderful reviews when it officially opens. The story was weak and only 2 songs were even a little memorable. The theater layout was impressive but that is all. There was no emotional connection to any of the characters. I’m not alone in my feelings about the show. Others there that night and others I talked with later felt just as I did.November 1, 2016 at 2:27 pm #1201943277
Only time will tell if you are right.November 1, 2016 at 8:06 pm #1201943408
Here is Michael Riedel’s latest take on the subject…
http://nypost.com/2016/11/01/producers-of-broadways-great-comet-back-down/November 2, 2016 at 10:24 am #1201943754
I’m glad that it seems this will (hopefully) be resolved. But good grief what a boneheaded move by the Kagans. Don;t be surprised when The Great Comet racks up a number of Tony wins only to lose Best Musical. Their bully tactics display a complete lack of awareness on how the theatre community operates and voters simply wont cast their ballots for them.
I’m sure they want to brush this away and forget about it, but I think they should still issue a public apology and statement, including how they will reschedule the recording session and invite Ars Nova staff to the theater. They found a very effective way of tanking their reputation and will need to work to set it straight again.