Musical received mixed reviews, low B.O.
Goodbye, Dolly.The Broadway tuner version of “9 to 5″ will shutter Sept. 6 following mixed reviews, little Tony love and disappointing B.O. Rumors that the Broadway incarnation of the Dolly Parton musical would imminently bow out had become persistent in recent weeks, with the decision seemingly cemented by the fact that last week, when 10 similarly large-scale musicals pulled in weekly sales of more than $1 million each, “9 to 5″ upticked only slightly, posting receipts of $695,000 and playing to houses that averaged around 70% of capacity. The production likely has not made back much of its capitalization costs, thought to tally north of $12 million. So far the show has cumed $11.3 million since it began perfs in April. Still, producers may have a chance to make some coin from the national tour, which will launch in September 2010 at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center in Nashville. Tuner, which preemed last year at Center Theater Group in L.A., was nommed for four Tonys — score (Parton), lead actress (Allison Janney), featured actor (Marc Kudisch) and choreography (Andy Blankenbuehler) — but didn’t snag a nom for top tuner. The much-discussed “fourth slot” in the category went to “Rock of Ages” instead. Based on the 1980 pic, the stage musical has a book by Patricia Resnick, who penned the movie’s original story and co-wrote the screenplay. Parton’s score consists mainly of new tunes as well as her song “9 to 5,” which she composed for the movie. Joe Mantello (“Wicked”) helmed a cast that includes Janney, Stephanie J. Block, Megan Hilty and Kudisch. List of producers, led by Showtime prexy of entertainment Robert Greenblatt, includes Green State Prods., Richard Levi, John McColgan/Moya Doherty/Edgar Dobie, James L. Nederlander/Terry Allen Kramer and Center Theater Group. Departure of “9 to 5″ leaves the Marquis Theater, one of the Rialto’s largest venues, free for an expected return engagement of holiday musical “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” which played the Marquis last year. Beyond that, potential tenants include circling musicals such as “Minsky’s,” another show that tried out at Center Theater Group.
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