Several Broadway shows end their runs today. After taking advantage of the holiday crowds over Christmas and New Year’s, these Broadway shows determined that it wouldn’t be worth it to continue running through the traditionally slow months of January and February. Of the five, Elf was the only holiday-specific show and had no reason to run any longer, though it may return to Broadway again next Christmas.
Dead Accounts and Grace were the only two straight plays among today’s Broadway closures. Despite boasting film stars (Katie Holmes in Dead Accounts and Paul Rudd in Grace) in their casts, both shows struggled to sell more than a middling number of tickets throughout late autumn and early winter.
A play with music, War Horse was a popular and highly acclaimed show that enjoyed a healthy run but decided to close once ticket sales were starting to run out of steam. Chaplin, on the other hand, one of the first musicals to open this season, had a difficult time during its entire run. Leading man Rob McClure enjoyed a great deal of positive buzz for his performance, but it wasn’t quite enough to create the great reviews and sensational word-of-mouth that a new musical typically needs to succeed.
Hurricane Sandy didn’t only cause the cancellation of several Broadway performances early in the week, but it also caused delays for some of the new crop of shows coming to Broadway.
A Christmas Story the Musical was originally supposed to start preview performances on Monday, November 5, but the first preview is now being delayed to Wednesday, November 7. Producer Gerald Goehring stated that, “Due to the storm, the company has lost important rehearsal time on stage. In order to assure that the company gets the necessary time that they need to rehearse at the Lunt-Fontanne, we have decided to reschedule our first performance.” Ticket holders for the November 5 performance can exchange them for another performance at their point of purchase.
Dead Accounts, the new play starring Katie Holmes and Norbert Leo Butz, was originally scheduled to begin preview performances this Saturday, November 3. However, the show now won’t begin previews until Monday, November 5. To provide some consolation for the original ticket holders to the November 3 performance, the producers of Dead Accounts are offering them a coupon for a free pint of Graeter’s ice cream, which can be redeemed at D’Agostino’s grocery stores. The coupons can be picked up at the Music Box Theatre box office, where ticket holders of the November 3 performance can also see about exchanging their tickets for another performance date.
Fresh off her high-profile divorce from Tom Cruise and now living in Manhattan with daughter Suri, Katie Holmes is getting right to work, coming back to Broadway in the upcoming new play Dead Accounts. Holmes will be playing a woman who is living with her parents while trying to get her life back on track.
Katie Holmes made her Broadway debut back in 2008, when she co-starred in a revival of the Arthur Miller play All My Sons, which also starred John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, and Patrick Wilson. Though she created more of a sensation at the stage door than onstage, Holmes did prove she could handle the rigors of performing in a Broadway show.
For her return to Broadway, Holmes has taken a different tack, choosing a brand new play by one of modern theater’s more prolific playwrights, Theresa Rebeck (Seminar, Mauritius, TV’s Smash). Rebeck specializes in intelligent, thoughtful comedies, so the play could provide a good opportunity for Holmes to distinguish herself in an interesting new part. Directed by Jack O’Brien, Dead Accounts will open at the Music Box Theater this fall.