Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Hot Feet Inches Toward Closing

Hot Feet Inches Toward Closing

From the "What took so long?" file comes news that Hot Feet -- the jukebox musical filled with Earth, Wind & Fire songs -- will finally close on July 23. Never catching, er, fire, Hot Feet was one of the worst reviewed shows of the last Broadway season and rarely attracted more than 40% of the Hilton Theatre's cavernous 1,813 seat capacity -- that's four more seats that the Gershwin currently holds for Wicked.

In fact, the only week that it was filled to exactly 50% of its capacity was during its original week of previews. Last week, Hot Feet attracted a mere 5,442 audience members (compare that with 14,472 for Wicked), translating to a capacity of 37.5%; however, with a significant chunk of seats most likely coming from TKTS sales, its weekly gross was a paltry $273,533 (compared with $1,438,835 for Wicked).

Notwithstanding the excellent music, it's a mystery to me how this show has clung on this long.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 19 July, 2006, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

There's a very interesting story in today's The New York Times by Campbell Robertson about Transamerica's financial involvement in Hot Feet that's worth the read ( Robertson notes the marketing bang Transamerica officials feel they received, as well as a New York venue where they could entertain clients and guests.

No wonder the show lasted as long as it did!


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