Even Carrie ran through the weekend.
In case you haven't heard, the last new musical of the season, Glory Days, closed on its opening night this past Tuesday. Apparently the producers were hoping against hope that the reviews would rescue the show from flop-dom. Didn't happen. The show had been playing to 21% capacity, and the producers didn't even have enough money to keep the show running until the Tony nominations come out next week. Someone told me he saw composer/lyricist Nick Blaemire at a concert over the weekend giving out comps like there was no tomorrow.
Turns out, there was.
I was supposed to see Glory Days this Friday night, but
now I'm going to have to find another show to round out my theater
weekend. It's disappointing, if only because I had set a goal to see
every musical this season. I couldn't remember the last time an original musical closed after only one performance, so I broke out the reference books and found the following:
You'll notice there was quite a spate of one-night-closures in the mid-to-late 60s, which was when the phenomenon really began. It's all about economics: before the 60s, a poor-to-middling show could often afford to weather out the bad reviews, run long enough to eke out a small profit, close, and disappear into obscurity. By the 1960s, costs had risen to the point where this was no longer possible. By the early 80s, producers had smartened up, and you really didn't see a lot of one-night-wonders in the late 80s and throughout the 90s.
An interesting footnote: Nick Blaemire is also in the cast of the struggling and not-so-well-received new musical Cry-Baby. He's obviously a very talented guy; he was one of the liveliest and most idiomatic performers in CB, and he was also quite good in the national tour of Altar Boyz. Here's hoping he finds success someday soon, on either side of the footlights.