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posted October 08, 2014 11:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for a   Click Here to Email a     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Award-Winning Broadway Musical ‘Once’ to
Close in January
By Patrick Healy

The hit Broadway musical “Once,” which won the Tony Award for best
musical in 2012, will close on Jan. 4 after a nearly three-year run, the
producers announced on Tuesday.
A romantic tale about a young Irishman and a Czech woman who grow
close over a few days’ time in Dublin, “Once” turned a profit faster than most
Broadway shows after earning back its $5.5 million capitalization in less
than six months after performances began in February 2012. The show had
strong reviews going for it, as well as appealing lead performances in its first
year by Steve Kazee, who won the Tony for best actor, and Cristin Milioti,
who was nominated for a best actress Tony. The show won eight Tonys over
all, including for best book for Enda Walsh and best director for John
Tiffany. The musical was based on the 2006 film of the same name; both the
show and the movie featured music and lyrics by Glen Hansard and Marketa
Ticket sales for “Once” began to slide this year, with the show facing
stiff competition from newer, popular musicals like “Kinky Boots,” “Matilda
the Musical,” and “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical.” Late last month
“Once” grossed less than $400,000 in ticket sales for the first time in its run.By the time “Once” closes, the musical will have played 22 preview
performances and 1,167 regular performances. Other productions of “Once”
include a London run and a United States tour of the show. The next tenant
for “Once’s” house, the Jacobs Theater, a prime spot on Broadway, has yet to
be announced.


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Sting's 'The Last Ship' to Close on Broadway

Musical will close on Jan. 24 despite the rock legend's attempts to boost ticket sales by appearing in the show he composed

The Last Ship [2]is set to sail off into the distance. The producers behind the Sting-penned musical said the Broadway production will close on Jan. 24, The New York Times [3]reported.

The news of the closure comes despite Sting joining the cast last month [4] in a late effort to boost flagging ticket sales and drum up much needed publicity. The show cost $15 million to produce with $625,000 or more weekly running costs, and producers in the end couldn't make the numbers work.

The Last Ship's producers, Jeffrey Seller and Kathryn Schenker, shared the news of the closure in an email seen by the Times on Monday night to members of the production and other supporters. “We have been bewildered and saddened by our inability to sustain an audience for this musical that we deeply love," they said in the email, adding: “There are no easy explanations.”

Read more Watch Sting, 'Last Ship' Musical Cast Sing "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" on the Sidewalk [5]

The demise of The Last Ship is all the more remarkable given that it was one of the most buzzworthy and hotly anticipated new musicals this season. The creative team behind it had a track record of success and included Wicked's Joe Mantello as well as Seller, who has won Tony awards for Rent and Avenue Q.

The musical was Sting's first to hit Broadway, and the early reviews were mixed at best, with the rock icon's score garnering critical praise and the book receiving less positive notices upon the show opening in October.

Sting's decision to join the cast in early December led to a doubling of box office, but the numbers still fell short: Only 83 percent of seats were full last week, one of the busiest weeks on Broadway. The Times report also said that before Sting joined the production as a player, The Last Ship was losing $75,000 a week. That scenario would likely have continued after the English singer's final scheduled performance, now the show's final performance, on Jan. 24.


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