Several Broadway shows usually close right after the Tony Awards, if their box office takes are soft and they haven’t won any Tonys. That happened with three shows this year. But this year, there are more.
And what’s unusual is that instead of hanging on until Labor Day to cash in on tourist dollars, five musicals are closing this and next weekend: King Kong (which bumped up the losses significantly because it cost a staggering $36.5 million), The Prom, Pretty Woman, The Cher Show and Be More Chill.
The New York Times critic Ben Brantley has a theory. “All the shows we’re talking about — the musicals, at least, including the unfortunate King Kong — just aren’t that good,” he says. “So, perhaps we’re talking about discernment for once.”