Tuner to shutter at the end of summer
The Broadway tuner version of “Catch Me if You Can” will shutter at the end of the summer, wrapping up its run after about six months on the boards.
Despite a title familiar to auds from the 2002 movie version and a Tony-winning lead perf from Norbert Leo Butz, the show never quite caught on with auds, logging weekly sales figures that rarely achieved big-hit heights.
Over the past several frames, weekly receipts at “Catch Me” have hovered in the $600,000 to $700,000 range. Last week the show pulled in about $640,000 and played to auds at 81% of capacity with average price paid per ticket — one measure of customer demand to see the show — came in at $70. (By contrast, the average ticket price at last season’s smash-hit “The Book of Mormon” topped $145.) “Catch Me” reunited several of the collaborators of 2003 hit “Hairspray,” including tunesmiths Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, helmer Jack O’Brien, choreographer Jerry Mitchell and producer Margo Lion (who teams with Hal Luftig for “Catch Me”). Terrence McNally (“Master Class”) penned the book for the musical, which preemed in Seattle in 2009.
In Gotham, some of the major critics proved unenthusiastic, and at four Tony noms (and one win), any awards attention was overshadowed by the season’s trophy-sweeping winners.
Musical will stick it out on the board through the summer, when tourism helps keep overall Main Stem sales high. The show’s Sept. 4 exit ensures the production will avoid the traditional back-to-school slump that hits Broadway every year.
Although “Catch Me” closes too soon to make recouping feasible, the property could still potentially yield revenue in a national tour slated to kick off in Providence in fall 2012.