Amélie sets Broadway closing

Adam Chanler-Berat and Phillipa Soo in Amélie – A New Musical at the Walter Kerr Theatre, New York. Picture: Joan Marcus

Adam Chanler-Berat and Phillipa Soo in Amélie – A New Musical at the Walter Kerr Theatre, New York. Picture: Joan Marcus

The fallout from the Tony Awards nominations, announced four days ago, has begun. Amélie, A New Musical, which came up with nary a nod, has announced it will depart Broadway on 21 May.

The fan base of the popular French movie on which the musical is based and the marquee value of its star, Phillipa Soo, who made her mark in the original cast of Hamilton, haven’t registered strongly at the box office, and the lack of Tony recognition – after so-so reviews – lessened the possibility of a pickup.

The show had its first New York performance on 9 March and its official opening night on 3 April. At its closing, it will count 27 previews and 56 regular performances.

While the show is the first to announce a closing after the Tony nominations, it is not the first of the past Broadway season’s new open-end musicals with open-end runs to close up shop.

Paramour, Cirque de Soleil’s venture into Broadway musical-cum-circus spectacle with a tale of old Hollywood, ended on 16 April, after 366 performances and 31 previews.

Also on the bleak side, In Transit, an a cappella musical that told of New Yorkers’ love for their underground system, stopped running on that same date, 16 April.

The show, which started previews last November for an 11 December opening, had originally offered tickets to 25 June. The closing, in the face of struggling ticket sales, came after 36 previews and 145 regular performances.

Ron Cohen

Readers may also be interested in:

Amélie – A New Musical – Walter Kerr Theatre, New York – Review

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