‘Women’ exits stage left

Tuner closes after 137 reg perfs

And the first casualty of the Tony Awards season is … “Little Women.”

The Broadway musical will close Sunday after having played 55 previews and 137 regular performances at the Virginia Theater. In the Tony sweepstakes, the Louisa May Alcott tuner grabbed only one nom, for lead actress Sutton Foster in her second starring role on Broadway. Three seasons ago, Foster won the Tony for headlining “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

“Little Women” opened Jan. 23 to mixed to downbeat reviews, and while it had a relatively low breakeven in the $300,000s, it had grossed significantly less in recent weeks.

From the get-go, its producers marketed the show to mothers and daughters; they were not able to expand significantly beyond that core aud.

Creatives on the project are Allan Knee, Jason Howland and Mindy Dickstein. Susan H. Schulman directed.

The producers have announced a national tour beginning in August in San Diego. Maureen McGovern, Broadway’s Marmee, will star.

Last month, the producers of “The Wedding Singer” said their new musical would go into a Jujamcyn theater. It is expected, but not confirmed, that the Virginia will be that show’s home in 2006.

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