Scott Rudin has three shows closing early….Hillary and Clinton, King Lear and Gary. Even with big stars like Nathan Lane, John Lithgow and Glenda Jackson, these shows were just not pulling in the box office results.
Rudin has done well woth To Kill A Mockingbird, in fact it has broken box office records. Ed Harris is scheduled to begin performances in November. He will take Jeff Daniels place as Atticus Finch. Mockingbird is a box office success which will help financially with the aforementioned three closings.
Look for Broadway to keep churning out shows. Meatloafs Bat Outta Hell will be coming to City Center, American Utopia, David Byrne’s written show, which ran at the Public will be coming to the Hudson Theater, and Jagged Pill, Alanise Morrisette’s musical will be coming as well.
In the competitive world of the Great White Way, big star names can no longer carry a show the way it used to. Gary, Hillary and Clinton and King Lear proved that. Although Jackson was outstanding in Lear, the audience could not grasp the traditional man’s role being played by a women. Although many Shakespeare plays use different sexes in different roles, this one fell flat with the audience.
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