Despite seven Tony nominations, a win for best choreography and an opening performance on Tony night that brought the house down, the Broadway jazz revue “After Midnight“ will perform its final show on Sunday, June 29.
The show opened on October 18, 2013 to strong reviews. By the time it ends, it will have had 19 previews and 272 regular performances. The show consists of about two dozen musical numbers and 17 musicians from Jazz at Lincoln Center, all inspired by music of the 1930s. There’s also been a rotating group of star singers such as Fantasia Barrino, k.d. lang, Toni Braxton, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds and Vanessa Williams. Dule Hill, of TV’s Psych, is the emcee. Patti LaBelle will appear on stage through the 29th.
Box office take was the big issue. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show had its biggest box office receipts during Christmas week with $891,410. As of Sunday, June 8, the show’s total take was $19.2 million. Producer Scott Sanders told The New York Times that there will be an effort to take the show on the road for a traveling tour. (We spoke with Sanders about diversity on Broadway for a pre-Tonys feature story here.)
The Tony Awards was important to the fortunes of a number of shows, which normally see a bump after a win. “A Gentlemen’s Guide to Love and Murder” saw increased ticket sales after taking home four trophies, taking in reportedly $900,000 the week after. The week before the awards were handed out, “Beautiful,” the Carol King show, “A Gentleman’s Guide,” “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” starring award winner Neil Patrick Harris, and “Aladdin” all had tremendous weeks, with each show besides “A Gentleman’s Guide” taking in more than $1 million. All of those shows were nominated for multiple awards and won on awards night.
“With the Tonys out of the way, it now remains to be seen just how much momentum the winning shows will be able to hold onto in the coming weeks,” Variety wrote a couple weeks back.
In the weeks since, one other show has announced it will be closing after failing to get a boost from the awards. “Mothers and Sons” starring Tyne Daly will close on June 22 after two months of only playing to a half-full theater. Daly had been nominated for her performance, and it was nominated for Best Play.
Separately but related, “Holler If Ya Hear Me,” the new musical inspired by Tupac Shakur’s music has been trying to stand out in previews post-Tonys. That show opens officially on June 19. In that aforementioned story about diversity on Broadway, we also spoke with Tony-winning director (for the “A Raisin in the Sun”) Kenny Leon. Click that story for more from Leon.
h/t The Huffington Post. Ann Brown contributed to this story.