Go-Go's Musical 'Head Over Heels' to Close on Broadway

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After struggling on the field workplace for the reason that summer season with attendance at 50 % capability or much less, the present will play its ultimate efficiency on the Hudson Theatre on Jan. 6.

While a number of Broadway exhibits are celebrating record-breaking weeks on the field workplace over Thanksgiving, Head Over Heels, the brand new musical constructed round songs by The Go-Go's, has succumbed to months of gradual gross sales, setting a Jan. 6 deadline.

The manufacturing started previews June 23 on the Hudson Theatre forward of a July 26 official opening, and whereas it did draw some ardent pockets of important help, the musical comedy has been limping alongside on the field workplace, failing to construct an viewers. The present has posted a weekly gross of greater than $300,000 solely twice throughout its run, largely enjoying to lower than 50 % capability. Total field workplace thus far is underneath $6 million.

Directed by Tony winner Michael Mayer, Head Over Heels was conceived by Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q), whose unique e-book was tailored by James Magruder. Based on Philip Sidney's 16th century English pastoral The Arcadia, the present is a fairy-tale exploration of affection, sexuality and gender fluidity that follows the search of a royal household threatened with extinction.

In addition to the title track, it options such Go-Go's tracks as "We Got the Beat," "Our Lips Are Sealed," "Vacation" and "Cool Jerk," in addition to Belinda Carlisle's solo hits "Heaven is a Place on Earth" and "Mad About You." Gwyneth Paltrow made her Broadway producing debut on the present, as a part of a group led by Christine Russell.

"Along with my companions, artistic group and forged, it was our want to create a chunk of stay theater that celebrates love of every kind and portrays a world of magnificence during which pleasure and acceptance reign above all else," stated Russell. "We are extremely happy with what Head Over Heels has come to symbolize, not solely on Broadway, however for future generations of theatergoers."

Russell can be trying into U.S. tour prospects for the musical in 2019, together with regional productions licensing. In the meantime, inventory and newbie efficiency rights can be obtainable via Broadway Licensing. Thanksgiving week historically is among the busiest intervals of the yr on the Broadway field workplace, and whereas vacation site visitors wasn't sufficient to avoid wasting Head Over Heels, a number of different exhibits clocked their highest-ever tallies. 

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child set a file for the highest-grossing week for a play in Broadway historical past, totaling $2,338,315; Disney's Frozen broke the home file on the St. James Theatre with $2,319,012; Mean Girls smashed the August Wilson Theatre's file with $1,778,290; Network set a brand new excessive on the Belasco Theatre with $1,269,076; and To Kill a Mockingbird raked in a hefty $1,260,035 for simply seven performances.

While it didn't set a brand new file, the critically maligned musical King Kong confirmed some resilience with its finest week ever, grossing $1,203,258. With the Hudson Theatre now obtainable from January, pundits have start speculating on which present will seize that emptiness to open earlier than the Tony Awards eligibility cutoff on April 25. One of the lead contenders seems to be one other manufacturing directed by Mayer — a revival of Lanford Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning 1987 drama Burn This, set to star Adam Driver and Keri Russell.

This article initially appeared on THR.com.