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 take 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.