Broadway revival poised to exit July 1
Producers of the Broadway revival of “Jesus Christ Superstar” announced the production will shutter at the end of the month unless sales pick up.
Tuner was nominated for two Tonys, one for musical revival and one for thesp Josh Young, but came away empty-handed. Show’s weekly B.O. peaked in the frames following its March 22 opening, in its best frame topping $900,000. But receipts have dwindled more recently; last week the musical pulled in about $475,000 and played to an lackluster capacity of just 55%.
Directed by Des McAnuff, the production of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 rock opera originated at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival before it was picked up for a run in the fall at the La Jolla Playhouse. Paul Nolan, Chilina Kennedy and Tom Hewitt are among the Main Stem cast.
The Broadway transfer is produced by the Dodgers and the Really Useful Group, among others. Show is poised to shutter July 1 at the Neil Simon Theater.
The closing is the latest in the annual post-Tony exodus. Another nommed show that has struggled at the box office, “The Lyons,” is also on tap to close July 1.