The honeymoon is over.
After putting up a valiant fight against the commercial tide in the 3½ months since it officially opened, Honeymoon in Vegas has announced next Sunday as the date of its final performance.
Adapted from the 1992 Castle Rock romantic comedy that starred Sarah Jessica Parker, Nicolas Cage and James Caan, the show features music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown (The Last Five Years) and a book by Andrew Bergman, who also wrote and directed the movie.
The production, directed by Gary Griffin, began previews at the Nederlander Theatre last year on Nov. 18 and officially opened on Jan. 15, receiving mixed-to-positive reviews, with a few out-and-out raves, including from The New York Times.
However, business has been slow throughout the run, never once going above $500,000 in a house with a weekly gross potential north of $1.1 million. Sales for the week ending March 29 were just $371,576, or 55 percent of capacity, with a cumulative gross to date of $7.2 million. Momentum from the show’s well-received tryout run at New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse in 2013 never materialized.
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The Rat Pack-flavored musical stars Rob McClure as the commitment-phobic fiance of Brynn O’Malley, who is growing impatient to tie the knot. He finally summons the courage to marry her during a weekend in Las Vegas, but complications arise when she catches the eye of a professional gambler, played by Tony Danza.
Lead producers on the show are Dena Hammerstein, Roy Gabay and Rich Entertainment Group. There had been speculation that the production might try to hold out until Tony nominations are announced on April 28, but mounting losses clearly nixed that hope. No touring plans are in place.
The 2014-15 theater season has been a rough one for musicals on Broadway, with commercial casualties including the Tupac Shakur musical Holler If Ya Hear Me, Sting‘s The Last Ship and Bill Condon‘s Side Show revival, while the well-reviewed On the Town revival also has been struggling to fill seats.
However, a new crop of shows currently in previews may yet reverse the season’s trend, with early indications of strong business for new musicals including Finding Neverland, Something Rotten!, An American in Paris and Fun Home, as well as Lincoln Center Theater’s lavish revival of The King and I.
When it closes on April 5, Honeymoon in Vegas will have played 66 previews and 93 regular performances.