Broadway A Cappella Musical 'In Transit' to Close

Joan Marcus
'In Transit'

The show features a book, music and lyrics by 'Frozen's' Kristen Anderson-Lopez and vocal arrangements by 'Pitch Perfect's' Deke Sharon.

It's the end of the line for In Transit.

The Broadway musical — which was the first to feature a score performed entirely by actors singing a cappella — will close April 16, after playing 36 previews and 145 regular performances at the Circle in the Square Theatre.

In Transit began performances in November, debuting to mixed reviews. But despite a headline-making visit from Bill and Hillary Clinton in February, the instrument-free show proved a weak draw at the box office. Last week, it was 73 percent full but grossed only $194,641 — just 27 percent of its potential gross, according to the Broadway League. Its cumulative haul after 22 weeks on the boards is a modest $5.8 million.

Produced by Janet B. Rosen for Six Train Productions, the a cappella musical features a book, music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Frozen), James-Allen Ford, Russ Kaplan and Sara Wordsworth, and vocal arrangements by Pitch Perfect’s Deke Sharon. Directed and choreographed by Kathleen Marshall, it follows 11 New Yorkers as they ride the city’s subway system. Telly Leung, Justin Guarini, James Snyder and Erin Mackey are featured in the cast. Hollywood Records will release the cast recording digitally April 28 and in stores June 9. 

In Transit is one of a handful of closings of the 2016-2017 season. Les Liaisons Dangereuses, starring Liev Schreiber and Janet McTeer, wrapped its limited run two weeks early in January due to flagging sales, and Cirque du Soleil's debut musical production, Paramour, will close Sunday. Another slow seller, the play Significant Other, will also take its final bow April 23.

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