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April 07, 2008

Last week's question:

Following the resignation of Brian Sullivan, The Maryland Theatre's executive director, what changes could the theater board make to persuade you to attend events there more often?

Poll results

· I don't care. - 18 votes (58 percent)

· I'd rather leave a comment. - 13 votes (42 percent)


(Editor's note: Since a recent update of our software, many who respond to this poll have indicated that they wanted to leave a comment, but then didn't. If those people changed their minds, that's OK, but if there is another problem, please let us know about it by e-mailing Thank you.)

· I travel great distances (including California) to see shows. In March, I saw three shows at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert, Ca., featuring Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Jack Jones and Julius LaRosa.


Other shows this year at that theatre include Carol Burnett, Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein, Frank Sinatra Jr, and so many others on my "like to see list."

Ticket prices for the shows I saw ranged from $55 to $100. I have traveled to The American Theatre in Lancaster, Pa., to see Wayne Newton and Bobby Vinton.

It would be wonderful if the Maryland Theatre could attract this kind of talent. At the same time, not everyone can afford these ticket prices, but there are other types of shows that could be done. For example, Eddie Carroll does a great show called Laugh in Bloom as a tribute to Jack Benny and Sharon McNight offers a great Sophie Tucker interpretation as well as a show called Betty, Betty, Bette where she does Betty Grable, Betty Hutton, and Bette Davis.

· Absolutely. People will travel to see popular acts. My husband and I went almost to the New York border to see Jethro Tull. People navigate that mess that is the Baltimore, D.C. and Northern Virginia concrete jungle for theater and shows.

We have a lovely venue, but it seems so underused. Book the acts, advertise them somewhere other than on the marquee or the office door and price them so people can afford them.

There have been acts I would have loved to have seen (like Blue Oyster Cult), but I didn't hear about them until about a week beforehand. And I live less than a mile from the theater.

· I remember the days when The Maryland Theatre had great shows - Tony Bennett, Harry Belafonte, Phyllis Diller, the Smothers Brothers - and then I drove up from Frederick to see them.

Seems like since I have moved to Hagerstown, there have been few shows that I want to see. Bring in a good variety of shows - with big names and small - so you can attract different audiences and the theater will be jumping!

This week's question:

How much tax money would it be wise to spend studying the economic impact on businesses of closing of the historic Funkstown bridge for five months?

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