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David Mamet and the battle for Broadway

Posted on April 30, 2010 by in Theater

Playwright David Mamet explains why Broadway is like Disneyland

David Mamet has a new book and the UK Gardian has published a couple of provocative exerps.

Is New York really New York Land?

No adult Londoner would go to see the crown jewels, and no adult New Yorker went to see Mamma Mia! for to do so would have been considered culturally repugnant, branding him as a tourist or dufus. New York, with the rise in real-estate prices and the disappearance of manufacture, business, and thus, of the middle class, has become New York Land.

Mamet argues that everything on Broadways is formulaic and predictable. There are fewer new plays and investors have no appetite for risk.

David Mamet and the battle for Broadway | Stage | The Guardian.

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