‘Blast!’ implodes B’way run, moves to Disneyland

Mouse to pick up pieces as legiter vacates White Way

“Blast!,” the first halftime show ever to play Broadway, will close three months ahead of schedule, on Sept. 23.

The musical featuring marching-band tunes and choreography will have played 13 previews and 176 regular performances at the Broadway Theater. Last spring, producers Cook Group, Star of Indiana and the Dodgers had announced an extended engagement through the end of 2001.

A spokesman for “Blast!” said the Broadway production would be revamped and reopen at Disneyland in January. Prior to Gotham, the show toured several U.S. cities. It opened in New York on April 17, and according to Variety‘s Critics’ Tally received three favorable notices, four unfavorable and one mixed.

Last week, “Blast!” got blasted at the box office, with receipts dropping $158,457. The final tally came to $232,820, far under the gross potential of $902,406 at the gargantuan Broadway.

No tenant has been announced for the 1,752-seat venue, although speculation has focused on three big-scale shows: Baz Luhrmann’s updated staging of the Puccini opera “La Boheme”; the Frank Wildhorn, Christopher Hampton and Don Black musical “Dracula,” to open next month at the La Jolla Playhouse in California; and Matthew Bourne’s dance piece “The Car Man,” a retooling of the Bizet opera “Carmen,” which plays L.A.’s Ahmanson Theater this month.

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