“Billy Elliot” Most Successful Show Ever

At the Ogunquit Playhouse, that is. Up in Maine. You know Ogunquit: one of the last of the great summer-stock theatres. Anyway, this past weekend, the head poobah — Bradford T. Kenney — of the place announced that “Billy” had been the most successful show in the institution’s 82-year history. What was the criterion for making that claim? Did they adjust the box office for inflation? A show that grossed $1,000 in 1933, the year Ogunquit started, would be equivalent to a show that grossed $18,000 today. Did Kenney do the math before he crowed about “Billy”? By the way, I’m thrilled that Ogunquit is doing so well.

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