Thursday, November 06, 2008

A Tale Of Two Months

A Tale Of Two Months

Perhaps it was a far, far better thing on paper than the turkey that opened just two months ago at Broadway's Al Hirschfeld Theatre, but the two-month old tuner A Tale Of Two Cities used Election Day in electing to post its closing notice for November 16. Perhaps they thought no one would notice!

The $16 million musical, adapted from Charles Dickens' classic book, opened to dismal reviews. The critical response, mixed with a tough economy, resulted in a tepid box office. This past week, the show attracted a capacity of only 44.5% -- hardly enough to sustain itself over the long haul.

Personally, I had absolutely no desire to see this show, particularly after taking the advice of countless friends, as well as witnessing the overwrought and overblown debacle on the West End known as Gone With The Wind.

Once it closes, A Tale Of Two Cities will have performed just 68 regular performances.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 06 November, 2008, Anonymous Chris Caggiano said...

You missed remarkably little. It wasn't even laughably bad, like Frankenstein or Carrie. It was just painful. The only points of interest were Tony Walton's skeletal set and a few strong performers struggling mightily to make the material interesting.

At 07 November, 2008, Blogger Tale of Two Cities Musical said...

You might be interested in another “Tale of Two Cities Musical” that is wending its way to Broadway (Perhaps via Boston). This one has a distinctively low budget so far but a very singable score and an engaging book. You might want to check out some of the songs.

Bob Littlefield

At 07 November, 2008, Blogger Joseph Gomez said...

hmph. interesting comment from Bob. i don't think we'll be seeing a tale of two cities for a long time on the boards in nyc. tarnished name.

and now it's closing on sunday!!! oh, definitely the worst of times for the company.


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