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Four Tony Nominations Can’t Keep ‘The Bridges of Madison County’ From Closing

Broadway musical “The Bridges of Madison County” will shutter later this month, despite scoring four Tony noms earlier this week including one for Jason Robert Brown’s score and one for the lead performance by Kelli O’Hara.

The tuner, a romance with a familiar title aimed at the older-skewing female auds who are Broadway’s prime ticketbuyers, has posted soft numbers at the box office since it began performances in January. The production earned mixed reviews when it opened in February, but had trouble turning heads compared to splashier spring offerings including fellow new musicals “Aladdin” and “If/Then.”

Besides the noms for O’Hara and for Brown’s score, the composer also snagged a nom for orchestrations while Donald Holder notched one for lighting. Only the best musical Tony, however, gives a bankable boost to the winning show, and “Bridges” was left out of that race in favor of “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” “After Midnight,” “Aladdin” and “Beautiful.”

“Bridges” will close May 18, three weeks before the June 8 Tony ceremony.

 

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