Thursday, April 18, 2024

Broadway: After Tony Awards, Born Yesterday May Be Gone Tomorrow


Tonight: the Tony Awards on CBS. Don’t miss ’em. You’ll see the best of the past Broadway season. But once the parties and fun are over, get ready for closing notices. “Million Dollar Quartet” has already announced it’s closing today.

I’m told that the highly praised revival of “Born Yesterday,” with Jim Belushi, Robert Sean Leonard and breakout star Nina Arianda, is likely to be the first casualty. Producers have already discussed this with the cast, I’m told. The play took in only $216,000 last week.

“Born Yesterday” is not alone. “Bengal Tiger,” with Robin Williams, is already set to close on July 3rd. The revival of Tom Stoppard‘s “Arcadia”-also so good–will go, too, next Sunday.”The Normal Heart”–which should not be missed–ends next month, as do “The Motherf—- in the Hat,” “The Importance of Being Earnest.” and  John Leguizamo’s “Ghetto Klown.”

Right now the best deal on Broadway has to be “The House of Blue Leaves” with big stars Ben Stiller, Edie Falco, and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The show, ending its limited run on July 23rd, is only selling at 69% of capacity. It’s frequently for sale at half price at the TKTS booth on 47th Street. That closing date is still a way off, and seats have to be filled.

August is going to be a quiet month on Broadway. With all these shows closing, though, it may be a good sign for “Baby It’s You,” the fun musical about Florence Greenberg and how she discovered the Shirelles and other groups. We’ll cross our fingers.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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