Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Broadway: “Evan Hansen,” “Tina Turner” Musicals to Close This Summer, Early Fall: More to Come


Broadway is really subject to the adage Only the Strong Survive.

The pandemic break hit all the shows hard, and now the ones that really got clobbered are starting to close.

First up is “Tina: the Musical.” The show about Tina Turner was a big hit when it opened. But that long break was too much for it to regain momentum. Plus, Tony winner Adrienne Warren finally left the show last winter. Since then box office has been on the decline, playing last week to half full houses. “Tina” will close in mid August.

“Dear Evan Hansen” was cannibalized by a movie version that came out during the pandemic. Now the musical is closing in September. The movie exposed all of the stage show’s flaws, unfortunately, and wiped away business. Last week “Evan Hansen” played to 70% of capacity.

All of Broadway was down last week compared to the prior week. Grosses were off by $4 million, and that came to $29 million plus change. The weekly gross should be up around $33 million or more.

Next to wave the white flag: “Paradise Square.”

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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