When we saw Avenue Q in Las Vegas, we were surprised at the half empty theater. As it turns out, what we saw wasn’t unusual.
According to the New York Post, Wynn’s naughty puppet show is struggling, and he’s pulling strings to head off a flop.
Michael Riedel, who writes the “On Broadway” column for the Post, reported in Friday’s edition that Wynn has lured a top Broadway marketing executive in hopes he can revive the Tony Award-winning show.
The unidentified executive was part of the team that helped propel “Chicago” to its long run on Broadway.
The 1,200-seat theater at the Wynn is half-filled, and the balcony has yet to open, Riedel wrote, citing “theater people in Las Vegas and New York.”
Wynn “thinks he made a mistake,” a Broadway producer told the Post.
Kevin McCollum, who co-produced “Avenue Q” on Broadway, “is also going to take a more active role in the Vegas production,” Riedel wrote.
¹ – It’s true – he’s known simply as Norm. He also wears a patch over his right eye, making him seem more pirate than columnist.