West End musical to close early

“Lend Me a Tenor — The Musical,” the West End tuner version of Ken Ludwig’s celebrated backstage farce, will shutter early, setting an Aug. 6 closing.

Produced by Martin Platt, David Elliott and Eileen and Allen Anes with Jason E. Grossman and M. Kilburg Reedy, the tuner opened June 15.

It had been selling tickets at the 1,000-seat Gielgud Theater for perfs skedded through November, when the show would have exited to make way for the incoming stage preem of “The Ladykillers.”

Lugwig’s 1987 comedy bowed on the West End before it went on to a 1989 Broadway run of more than a year. Show has since become a staple at regional and amateur theaters.

A recent Main Stem revival, helmed by Stanley Tucci, posted middling sales and lasted five months.

According to a statement from the producers of the musical incarnation, “Despite mostly wonderful notices from the press, great feedback from our audiences and nightly standing ovations, this has not translated into growing sales, and we feel it is in everyone’s best interests to close the production.”

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