NEW YORK — It’s closing time for two Broadway shows.
The “Gypsy” revival starring Bernadette Peters will shutter May 30 after 451 performances and 33 previews.
The Judd Hirsch starrer “Sixteen Wounded” ends its short run Sunday after 12 perfs and 27 previews. Eliam Kraiem’s play about a Palestinian suicide bomber working in a Dutch bakery received mixed-to-downbeat notices after its April 15 opening. The show’s producers immediately posted a provisional closing notice pending ticket sales.
The current “Gypsy” has been an off-again, on-again affair. Bad biz in January led its producers to post an end-of-February closing. It was reported then that the revival had recouped 60% of its $8 million capitalization. When B.O. improved, the closing notice came down and the show enjoyed several profitable weeks.
Last week, receipts fell $121,819, and the show grossed a breakeven $472,967.
Despite its status as one of the great Broadway musicals, the tuner by Arthur Laurents, Jule Styne and Stephen Sondheim has never been a huge crowd-pleaser.
The original 1959 production with Ethel Merman ran just over 700 perfs. Angela Lansbury concluded a long national tour of the show with a soldout three-month engagement on Broadway in 1974. Tyne Daly brought “Gypsy” back in Broadway in 1989. That production, which later starred Linda Lavin, played just under 500 perfs and didn’t recoup its investment until late in the run.
Sam Mendes directed the current “Gypsy” revival.
The Actors’ Fund of America has postponed the benefit concert of the musical “Bounce” by Stephen Sondheim and John Weidman that was skedded for May 9. No new date has been set. The postponement is due to “irreconcilable schedules” of the cast and creative team.