B’way’s ‘Singer’ to shutter

Tuner ends run Dec. 31

Broadway tuner “The Wedding Singer,” based on the 1998 Adam Sandler pic, will shutter Dec. 31.

Co-produced by the “Hairspray” team of Margo Lion and New Line Cinema, the tuner has struggled to attract auds since it began perfs March 30.

Recent attempts to drum up biz with the casting of “American Idol” alum Constantine Maroulis proved less effective than hoped. The show, whose weekly grosses dipped below $400,000 in September, has so far earned around $15 million during its Rialto run — not yet enough to recoup its approximately $8 million capitalization.

The exit of “Wedding Singer” clears the deck for “Curtains,” the Kander & Ebb tuner that is the most likely candidate to fill the void at the Al Hirschfeld Theater. (David Hyde Pierce starrer preemed in L.A. over the summer.)

“Wedding Singer” has music by Matthew Sklar, lyrics by Chad Beguelin and book by Beguelin and Tim Herlihy, who wrote the original screenplay.

“Wedding Singer” may still inspire prospective incarnations in Asia, while stock and amateur productions will be licensed through Music Theater Intl. Producers also are in discussions for a 2007 national tour.

When it closes, “Wedding Singer” will have played 30 previews and 284 regular performances.

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