Saturday, November 22, 2008

13 To Close During Unluckiest Time Of The Year

13 To Close During Unluckiest Time Of The Year

Perennially, the month of January marks the beginning of the cruelest times on Broadway, and this coming January will see yet another closing of another musical. This time, sorry to say, it's 13 that has posted its closing notice, scheduled for January 4, 2009.

Regular readers will recall that I was positively charmed by the Jeremy Sams-helmed tuner that features a truly terrific, invigorating score by Jason Robert Brown and an incredibly talented teenage cast, with Graham Phillips and Al Calderon particularly deserving of shout-outs.

But alas, 13 proved unlucky at the box office, where it only scored three weeks in attracting more than a 50% capacity crowd. Just this past week, it attracted a capacity of just 42.9%.

Given the rough sledding at the far end of Broadway (a/k/a Wall Street), it appears that 13 will pin its parting hopes on families seeking holiday cheer. Once the holidays have passed, 13 will be history, but will a tour be in the offing?

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 22 November, 2008, Blogger Esther said...

I really enjoyed this show. It's very funny and has a sweet story. I loved the rock 'n' roll score and the energetic young cast. I read in the N.Y. Times today that the cast recording has become a hit online, too. (I think it's being released on CD next week.) So hopefully it'll find success on tour.


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