The Really Useful Theatre Co. and the Nederlanders announced that the revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s 1971 musical “Jesus Christ Superstar” will close on Sept. 3 after 28 previews and 161 regular performances. It opened on April 16 at the Ford Center for the Performing Arts. The Variety Critics’ Tally noted that the production received 12 unfavorable reviews.
In keeping with the show’s theme, the musical enjoyed a spectacular Easter week (April 18-23) at the box office when it achieved its highest B.O. total to date: $769,136 on a gross potential of $921,315. However, the slide in receipts began immediately thereafter, dropping a blasphemous $185,670 only two sessions later. Last week, “Superstar” grossed $429,207, performing at 54.62%.
When “Cats” calls it quits on Sept. 10, only one week after the shuttering of “Superstar,” Lloyd Webber will be represented on Broadway with only one show, “The Phantom of the Opera.”