Roundabout revival will shutter Jan. 24
“Bye Bye Birdie” will wave bye-bye to Broadway Jan. 24, with the Roundabout Theater Company officially nixing the possibility of a longer run for the tuner revival.
Musical has done solid biz for the Gotham nonprofit despite generally unfavorable reviews, playing to sizable crowds since it began perfs Sept. 10. During last week’s Thanksgiving frame, “Birdie” logged sales of about $800,000 and played to auds at 98% capacity.
Roundabout a.d. Todd Haimes said he had hoped to keep the tuner running into spring, but sales did not seem likely to prove strong enough following the departure of the show’s toplining thesps.
Current lead actors, including John Stamos and Gina Gershon, will appear in the show through Jan. 24, when their contracts are up. Bill Irwin, Jayne Houdyshell, Allie Trimm and Nolan Gerard Funk also are among the cast. Helmer is Robert Longbottom.
Production opened Roundabout’s new Henry Miller’s Theater.