Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Broadway: “To Kill a Mockingbird” Hibernating, Will Return in Smaller Nest, “Girl of the North Country” Shutting Down


Broadway is suffering. The theaters are half full. Last week’s total gross was $18 million. It’s supposed to be $32 million. At least.

Now “To Kill a Mockingbird” with Greg Kinnear is shutting down until June. Then it will move from the 1500 seat Shubert Theater to the 1000 seat Belasco. I like Greg Kinnear but he wasn’t selling tickets. Barry Diller likes a return on his investments. They’d better find a different person to head up the cast in June.

The best musical of 2020, “Girl from the North Country,” is closing, as they are bleeding money. This is tragic. This shows has not had a decent chance. It opened as the pandemic gripped Broadway in March 2020. It didn’t get included in the 2020 Tony Awards. It’s eligible for the next Tonys, and I pray that it’s remembered. Mare Winningham, Jay O. Sanders, and the whole cast are spectacular. I just hope this one does come back in some form. My thanks to this show– I’ve seen it twice– for an unforgettable evening. 

If you are in New York you have until the 23rd– go see “Girl from the North Country” if love you musical theater.

Roger Friedman
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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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