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Baz's Boheme Bumps Up Prices at Prince Edward???

By • West End
Plans are progressing for the London transfer of Baz Luhrmann's big-budget mounting of La boheme despite its early closure on Broadway (See The Goss, 9 May 2003). The Australian director's unashamedly populist, multi-million-pound updating of the Puccini opera won critical acclaim, not to mention two 2003 Tony Awards, but still closed in New York this past weekend after seven months and estimated losses of $6 million. Undeterred, producers have booked Boheme in for a two-month engagement in Los Angeles in early 2004, followed by a planned five-month West End season from late May. It's expected to find a home at the Prince Edward theatre - after Mamma Mia!'s move to the Prince of Wales and before the stage premiere of Mary Poppins (See The Goss, 26 Jun & 23 Jun 2003). What's more, perhaps in a bid to claw back some of that Broadway deficit, we hear that Boheme could bump up West End ticket prices to some £60 for top-price seats, as opposed to the current musical average of £42.50 (unless you're We Will Rock You). Of course, that's still well under par for opera tickets, and you do get a lavish set and a rotating cast of principles heading a massive ensemble performing in Italian with English surtitles.

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