The Broadway company of Pippin has “Magic to Do,” to borrow the title of the show’s opening song. But only for a couple more months.
Following a hit run of close to two years, the Tony-winning musical revival will play its final performance at the Music Box Theatre on Jan. 4, producers announced Monday.
Directed by Diane Paulus, the circus-themed production won 2013 Tony Awards for best musical revival, direction, lead actress Patina Miller and featured actress Andrea Martin.
A strong seller right off the bat, the production recouped its $8.5 million capitalization in just nine months, moving into profit in December 2013. However, while grosses early in the run frequently topped $1 million a week, box office has been tapering off lately, hitting a low of just $377,838 for the week ending Nov. 2.
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Following a tryout at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Mass., where Paulus is artistic director, the show began previews March 23, 2013, on Broadway and officially opened April 25.
The North American tour of Pippin is currently playing the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles through Nov. 9, with international productions in the pipeline for London, Australia and Amsterdam.
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Written by Roger O. Hirson, with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the 1972 musical chronicles the existential journey of a young prince who gets a taste of war, sex and power before ultimately gravitating toward life’s simpler pleasures. The original production ran for almost five years.
The current Broadway cast features season-six winner of The Voice, Josh Kaufman, in the title role.
Produced by Barry and Fran Weissler and Howard and Janet Kagan, the show will have played 37 previews and 709 regular performances when it closes on Broadway.