Tuner just blowin' in the wind
The critically savaged Twyla Tharp-Bob Dylan tuner “The Times They Are A-Changin’ ” will shutter its Broadway doors Nov. 19, just 28 perfs after it opened Oct. 26.
Producers announced the closing to the production’s cast between the matinee and evening shows on Wednesday.
“Times” was the latest Rialto outing from helmer-choreographer Tharp, whose last Broadway show, the 2002 Billy Joel dance-ical “Movin’ Out,” became a hit in New York after a shaky tryout in Chicago.
A circus-themed take on the Dylan canon, “Times” bowed earlier this year in San Diego, where critical response was mixed but optimistic given Tharp’s track record.
After Gotham press overwhelmingly panned the show, its backers, including James L. Nederlander and Hal Luftig, tried to remain upbeat, committing to a television ad campaign through Nov. 19 in an attempt to boost sales.
But box office upticks were minimal. “Times” grossed $319,070 during the week ended Nov. 5, playing to houses at 68% of capacity.
Shuttering leaves a valuable Broadway berth vacant. Many legiters believe the Rialto-bound transfer of “A Moon for the Misbegotten,” currently running in London with Kevin Spacey in the lead role, has the inside track for a spring run at the Atkinson.