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It's a borderline case, but I think it'll be "New" (some examples...)
Posted by: earlybird 10:29 am EST 01/25/22
In reply to: Is Skeleton Crew likely to be considered to be a new play or a revival? - mikem 09:46 am EST 01/25/22

The points you bring up are valid, particularly the fact that the play has been produced around the country a lot, and the larger time gap. It's definitely a weird case, but I do think it'll be considered "New."

First of all, it's not unheard of for a show to be produced regionally in the time between an Off-Broadway run and a Broadway "transfer." Two recent examples that come to mind are "Clybourne Park" and "Choir Boy." And I'm sure there are others.

"Clybourne Park" only had a gap of 2-3 years, but "Choir Boy" was much longer. There was 5 years in between its Off-Broadway premier and its Broadway "transfer." "Skeleton Crew" is 6 years - only 1 more year than Choir Boy, and under similar circumstances. Definitely stretching the the gap to its limits, but I still think it's a short enough time to call it a "transfer of a new play." And not long enough of a time for the piece to have fully established itself in the cannon, to be considered a revival under the Classics Rule. It's close, but I don't think it's quite there.

To use a counterexample - "Blackbird" had a similar type of Broadway remount, but the gap was 9 years, and it was considered a revival. I think 8-9 years is where that borderline really is, if the show has already premiered in New York. (If it's only played out of town, a show could be kicking around for 15+ years and still be considered, "new" because all that time would be considered "development" - like with "The Visit")

As for the cast, I don't think that's relevant. A cast doesn't need to transfer with a production for it to be considered a transfer. I think the direction and production team are much more relevant data - and even then, sometimes "new" plays feature different creatives from when they premiered.
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