Broadway play closes Sunday
“Looped” may be closing Sunday after a short-lived Broadway run, but there might be some money to be made from a tour.
The Tallulah Bankhead bio-play, which never caught on at the box office since beginning Rialto perfs Feb. 19, seems like it could be a solid performer on the road, thanks to the combination of well-known topliner — Valerie Harper — with the famous actress she’s portraying.
There’s already talk of a “Looped” tour that could potentially kick off in Toronto, according to a rep for the show. But nothing has been firmed up yet.
A road production could prove a decent way for the property to make a little money, following a brief Broadway run that gave the show little or no chance to recoup any of the production’s capitalization costs. (Producers never confirmed a pricetag for “Looped,” but a capitalization of somewhere in the $2 million range seems likely.)
Show already has played the Pasadena Playhouse and D.C.’s Arena Stage on the way to the Main Stem.
“Looped” struggled to attracts auds in a busy Broadway spring. Weekly gross never broke the $200,000 mark, with total B.O. so far coming in at just a bit more than $1 million.
Written by Matthew Lombardo and directed by Rob Ruggiero, “Looped” centers on a disastrous, real-life studio session during which an inebriated Bankhead tried — and repeatedly failed — to loop a single line of dialogue for what would be her final film.
Although star Valerie Harper earned generally favorable reviews from Gotham press for her perf as Bankhead, the play itself received a more mixed response.
On Broadway, “Looped” is produced by Tony Cacciotti, Chase Mishkin and Leonard Soloway.