'Assassins' to die young: Closing moved to July 19
Despite its 2004 Tony for musical revival, “Assassins” at Studio 54 has moved up its closing date eight weeks to July 18.The Stephen Sondheim-John Weidman tuner about presidential assassins will have played 26 previews and 93 regular perfs when it shutters. In a written statement, Roundabout artistic director Todd Haimes explained the problem: “Although ‘Assassins’ has been playing to strong houses, the advance sales have slowed drastically. Sadly, contrary to popular perception, going into July the show is not playing to capacity and tickets are available.” Haimes held out hope that, if business improves dramatically, the run of the Joe Mantello-helmed show could be extended. Roundabout has announced several closing dates for “Assassins.” The original one was May 30, which got pushed back to June 20 shortly after the show opened April 22. When the production won five Tonys on June 6, Roundabout announced an Aug. 1 closing, which was followed by Sept. 12. Last week, “Assassins” grossed an impressive $431,901 against its potential of $441,200 at Studio 54.