So much for its big Tony triumph Sunday night.
The producers of “La Cage aux Folles” put up a closing notice Tuesday, only two days after their current Broadway production won the award for revival of a musical. Written by Jerry Herman and Harvey Fierstein and first staged in 1983, the tuner about a drag queen and his husband will shutter June 26 after having played 30 previews and 229 regular perfs.
Last week, “La Cage” played to only 38.5% capacity, grossing $269,870 against its potential of $1,028,104 at the Marquis Theater.
Although a win for original play or musical can goose the box office, the Tony Award for musical revival almost never guarantees success. “42nd Street” and “Into the Woods” are recent award recipients that did not recoup. The Roundabout’s much-lauded production of “Assassins” closed shortly after winning the Tony for musical revival.
“La Cage,” however, is that rare case where a show won the big prize and immediately posted its closing.
The last few years have not been good ones for musical revivals on Broadway. Other recent money losers include “La Boheme,” “Gypsy,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Man of La Mancha,” “Oklahoma” and “Wonderful Town.”
When “La Cage” leaves town, Broadway will be home to only three tuner reduxes: “Chicago,” “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Sweet Charity.”