Practically even before you could say, "FLOP!" the $2.5 million Broadway musical Glory Days has shuttered.
Not since 2003's failed Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All with Ellen Burstyn has a show closed immediately after its one opening night shot at glory.
Interestingly enough, when I took in a performance over the weekend, I kept getting asked by other members of the audience (including one unnamed critic), "Why are you here?" At the time, they made me feel like some old lech, but in retrospect, I think they were surprised to be there themselves.
This is a show that should never have transferred to Broadway without being better vetted along the way, including perhaps in an Off Off-Broadway gig that could have played more appropriately to its target audience.
The pummeling was pretty severe with potshots coming from all directions. While I thought the tiny tuner from James W. Gardiner and Nick Blaemire had some promise, it came across as completely underdeveloped and sadly lacking in any memorable tunes, with the exception of Jesse J.P. Johnson's heartfelt "The Open Road."
Now, the only thing open is the Circle In The Square Theatre's space. Any guesses on the next tenant?
This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).
Did Critics Make This A Glory Day For Glory Days? (May 7, 2008)
Glory Days (The SOB Review) (May 7, 2008)
Opening: Glory Days Hopes For Glory Night (May 6, 2008)
Early Tony Handicapping (March 25, 2008)
No Glory In Crap Shoot (March 24, 2008)
Glory Days Yet To Come This Broadway Season? (March 19, 2008)
Labels: Adam Halpin, Andrew C. Call, Broadway, Closing Notices, Closings, Eric Schaeffer, Glory Days, James W. Gardiner, Jesse J.P. Johnson, Musical, Nick Blaemire, Steven Booth, Transfer, Washington DC