Today in History: “The Bridges of Madison County”, starring Kelli O’Hara and Steven Pasquale with music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, closes at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on Broadway after only 92 regular performances. (May 18th, 2014). The show will reportedly be launching a national tour in the fall of 2015.
This Day in History: "Leap of Faith" opens on Broadway at the St. James Theatre (April 26th, 2012). The show will shutter quickly and become the biggest musical flop of the season, closing after only 19 performances on May 13th, 2012.
"Carrie", a musical adaption of Stephen King’s classic novel, played only sixteen preview performances and closed after only five official performances at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway in 1988, losing the entire investment that was put into it and immediately becoming one of the most notorious flops in Broadway history. The show starred Linzi Hateley in her Broadway debut as Carrie White and Betty Buckley as Margaret White.
In this clip, Betty Buckley and Linzi Hateley sing “I Remember How Those Boys Could Dance” from the first preview of Carrie the Musical at the Virginia Theatre on Broadway on April 28th, 1988.
"Bring Back Birdie" closed after only four official performances on March 7th, 1981. The musical was a sequel to the hit show “Bye Bye Birdie” and starred Chita Rivera and Donald O’Connor.
"Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson" opened on Broadway at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 13th, 2010. It closed after only 94 performances on January 2nd, 2011.
The first Broadway Revival of Stephen Sondheim’s "Follies" closed after only 117 performances at the Belasco Theatre on July 14th, 2001.
This Day in History: “The Story of my Life” closes at the Booth Theatre after only five performances (February 22nd, 2009). The show starred Will Chase and Malcom Gets.
This Day in History: “Foxy”, starring Bert Lahr in his final theatrical appearance, opens on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre (February 16th, 1964). The show will eventually close after only 72 performances on April 18th, 1964. Before the show opened on Broadway, it played a seven-week engagement at the Palace Grand Theatre, in Dawson City, a town in Yukon, Canada in the summer of 1962. It was co-produced by the government of Canada in order to try and promote tourism in the area, but the show mostly played to empty audiences and lost the entire $400,000 investment that was originally put into it. In 1963, Producer David Merrick revived the show with Lahr attached once again and brought it to New York where it would ultimately fail a second time. Despite the show’s rapid closing, Bert Lahr won the 1964 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in “Foxy”.
Shown here is a photo of the original window card for the Broadway Production, a photograph of the theatre in the remote Canadian town of Dawson City where “Foxy” failed in 1962, as well as two production photos of Lahr and his co-star, Julienne Marie.