Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Broadway: “Disaster!” Musical to Close Sunday, More–without Tony Noms– to Come


No Tony nods, can’t stay open. It happens every year. “Disaster!” a funny musical parody by Seth Rudetsky, was not loved by the Tony committees. It will close on Sunday. “Disaster!” actually earned a nomination for Jennifer Simard as featured actress in a musical. I actually enjoyed this show. But it was not to be. “Disaster!” was going to close in July anyway to make way for “Motown-the Musical”‘s return. Oh well. It should have been off Broadway, and can have a life on the road.

What’s next? “Tuck Everlasting” is so awful, and it’s doing about 33% of its possible takeĀ  at the box office. Not nominated for Best Musical or anything major, “Tuck” will be tucking it in soon.

How about “American Psycho”? They may last a little longer, but not much. Benjamin Walker not getting a nomination sort of seals their doom. But summer audiences may keep “Psycho” afloat through discounts.

A bigger question will be the fate of “Shuffle Along.” The main players (except for Brandon Victor Dixon) were not nominated. Brian Stokes Mitchell is getting a special Tony Award for 25 years’ good service (he is terrific even when the shows aren’t). Audra McDonald, Broadway’s Meryl Streep, wasn’t nominated. She’s leaving in a month– and it’s unlikely she’ll return in September with no awards buzz. “Shuffle Along” is going to need a lot of good will to keep going after it loses the Tony to “Hamilton” on June 12th.

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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