Thursday, June 20, 2024

Broadway: David Byrne’s Remarkable “Here Lies Love” Will Close November 26th Despite Rave Reviews


This is very sad news.

David Byrne’s amazing musical, “Here Lies Love,” is closing on Broadway November 26th.

The show– written with Fat Boy Slim– was a huge hit in 2014 at the Public Theater. When it finally opened on Broadway this summer, I was sure — just as the producers and everyone involved — that it would take off like a rocket.

But “Here Lies Love” had its box office peak three months ago at $950,000. Currently it averages around $650,000 a week despite hitting 84% capacity. It’s an expensive show, too. The Broadway Theater was entirely reconfigured for this production.

The producers say they can’t see a way forward, so better to stop now.

“Here Lies Love” must be nominated for Best Musical next spring, along with several of its performers and the score. Tony nominators must not forget it.

It’s heartbreaking that such a groundbreaking, imaginative, entertaining show couldn’t make it on Broadway. This has been a tough season. But “Here Lies Love” has no Stars– aside from Lea Salonga in a featured scene. It’s also about an odd subject — the rise and fall of the Marcoses in the Philippines. But what a joy it is to be there!

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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