B’way’s ‘Brooklyn’ shutters

Tuner ran for nine months

The new Broadway musical “Brooklyn” closes June 26 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater, formerly the Plymouth Theater. It will have played 28 previews and 283 regular performances.

Written by Broadway debutants Mark Schoenfeld and Barri McPherson, the tuner about a troupe of street performers opened to mixed-to-downbeat reviews, but continued running despite grossing under its $375,000 break-even for most weeks of its run. Last week, it took in only $202,207.

Much of the show’s nine-month longevity can be attributed to the deep pockets of Transamerica, which returned to show business with the project after a group of investors dropped out shortly before the show’s Oct. 21 Broadway premiere.

“Brooklyn” was originally produced by Jeff Calhoun and John McDaniel, its respective helmer and orchestrator, at the New Denver Civic Theater in 2003. Benjamin Mordecai, who died last month, came aboard in Denver as the show’s lead producer. Capitalized at slightly over $6 million, the show represents a loss of that investment.

Its current producers have announced a national tour for 2006.

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