Julie Stevens (no login) Posted Dec 15, 2008 10:33 AM
Add Gypsy to the growing list of Broadway shows that will shutter in January as a result of the faltering economy. The production, which led to Tony awards for its stars Patti LuPone, Boyd Gaines and Laura Benanti, will play its final performance at the St. James Theater on Jan. 11, its producers announced on Sunday. Though we originally announced that Gypsy would play its final performance on March 1, 2009, due to these uncertain financial times my partners and I have made the difficult decision to close instead on January 11, 2009, said Roger Berlind, one of the shows producers, in a statement. For the week ending Dec. 7, the show filled just over 64% of the seats, and the week before was at less than 52% capacity. Come Jan. 11 the musical, directed by Arthur Laurents with a book by Mr. Laurents, music by Jule Styne and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, will have played 27 previews and 332 regular performances.
Gypsy is the latest theatrical casualty of the bleak economy but it is certainly not the only one. With many other shows recently announcing closing dates in January, early 2009 is looking to be a grim time indeed on Broadway. Among the other shows that will soon end their runs are Young Frankenstein, Hairspray, Boeing-Boeing, Grease and 13, all closing on Jan. 4; Spamalot, which will play its final performance on Jan. 11; and even Spring Awakening which, despite winning eight Tony awards in 2007, will close on Jan. 18.