Saturday, May 18, 2024

Broadway: Bill Murray’s Visits Didn’t Help, “Groundhog Day” Will Close Anyway Next Month


It’s all over for “Groundhog Day.”

I told you on Monday that Bill Murray’s two visits last week to the Broadway show based on his hit movie helped the box office– a bit.

But the $96,000 Murray added wasn’t enough. “Groundhog Day” will close on September 17th. It joins “Bandstand” and “Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet” as shows that– without winning Tony Awards– failed to find audiences.

Andy Karl was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical for “Groundhog Day.” He was killed off of “Law & Order SVU” so he could play the role. Maybe they can bring him back as a twin.

Next to go should be “A Doll’s House, Pt. 2” which no one is going to, “1984”– a puzzlement anyway, and “War Paint.” The whole 2016-17 season is going to be left with “Evan Hanson,” “Hello, Dolly!” and two terrible musicals cashing in on movie tie-ins– “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Anastasia.”

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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