Andrew Lloyd Webber’s philharmonic “Bad Cinderella” is closing connected Broadway astir 4 months aft opening night. It will play its last show astatine nan Imperial Theatre connected June 4.
It’s been a unsmooth spell for “Bad Cinderella,” which suffered from bad reviews and lackluster summons sales. It was besides snubbed astatine nan Tonys, failing to person a azygous nomination.
It’s nan latest successful a agelong statement of caller Broadway closures, including Webber’s classical “The Phantom of nan Opera,” “Beetlejuice,” “KPOP” and “Ain’t No Mo.'” The shuttering of “Bad Cinderella” and “Phantom,” which was nan longest-running show successful history before ending its storied tally successful April, breaks Webber’s 43-year streak of shows connected Broadway. He’s composed 13 productions complete nan past 4 decades, starting pinch “Evita” successful 1979 and continuing pinch “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Cats” “Starlight Express,” “Sunset Boulevard” and, astir recently, “School of Rock.”
A feminist retelling, of sorts, of nan classical fairy tale, “Bad Cinderella” opened connected London’s West End successful nan summertime of 2021 aft respective pandemic-related stops and starts. The show, astir an outcast who yet realizes appearances aren’t everything and develops a caller return connected nan conception of “happily ever after,” closed nan pursuing June earlier transferring to Broadway this March. Emerald Fennell, nan Oscar-winning screenwriter of “Promising Young Woman,” wrote nan original communicative and book, which was adapted by Alexis Scheer. Webber wrote nan euphony and David Zippel penned nan lyrics.
By nan clip nan curtain comes down for bully connected “Bad Cinderella,” nan show will person played 33 preview performances and 85 regular performances.
Critics were not benignant to “Bad Cinderella,” pinch Variety‘s Naveen Kumar saying nan show lived up to its name… literally. In his review, he called nan philharmonic “a muddled and momentum-less retooling of nan acquainted fairy communicative successful hunt of a coherent constituent of position arsenic if it were a glass-slippered foot.”