The stage adaptation of Daniel Wallace’s 1998 novel and Tim Burton’s 2003 film about the conflicted relationship between a Southern spinner of tall tales and his more grounded son will cut short its open-ended run Dec. 29, less than three months after its official opening.
Directed and choreographed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman, the show drew mixed reviews and has seen its box office slip in recent weeks, as initial curiosity from diehard musical fans subsided and the pot of advance ticket sales diminished.
The show’s grosses for the week ending Nov. 3 fell to a still-respectable $647,165, averaging 69 percent capacity. However, with the downward trend in place, it makes sense for producers to pull the plug at the end of December, giving them the potential benefit of Thanksgiving-through-Christmas box office bounty, without having to endure the traditional January freeze.
The 2013-14 theater season already has seen some casualties, with early-closing notices posted for Let It Be, Soul Doctor, A Time to Kill and First Date.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter