Kathleen Turner-led 'High' to close after 8 performances


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Jokes about High getting grounded aside, producers of Broadway’s Kathleen Turner-led play—about a former alcoholic nun who attempts to rehabilitate a teenage drug addict—announced today that the show will close on Sunday after eight regular performances and 28 previews. The drama, which received ho-hum reviews when it officially opened yesterday, earned only $91,020 (or 17 percent of its potential gross) last week, its final days in previews. It was the week’s lowest-grossing show.

High’s demise marks the first open-run show to debut and close this year—and it’s just one of many high-profile productions on Broadway that seem to be in jeopardy at the box office. There are currently four shows playing under 50 percent capacity — which is never a good sign. The Robin Williams starrer Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo took in $477,410 last week (out of a possible $1.3 million), while the revival of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia earned $305,769 (36 percent of its potential gross). Both shows filled only 47 percent of their seats. The sports biopic Lombardi (which opened in October) earned $182,528 out of a possible $726,800, leaving 54 percent of the theater empty. And the musical Million Dollar Quartet, a Tony nominee last year, took in $274,896 out of a potential $1,109,700 and played to only 43 percent capacity—an 18 percent decline from the previous week.

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  • Zo

    Have always read the percentage/capacity rates on Playbill’s site and wondered whether that includes TKTS sales? (The heavily discounted/same day tickets of unsold seats to BWAY shows). Anyone know?

    • noam

      they used to have a total capacity and then it was broken down by pre-sales, same-day sales, and (because i can’t recall the actual brand name) season passes (which get you into a set number of shows each year). i haven’t been on playbill for awhile, so they might not do that anymore. they were in different colors, with the overall total printed first.

  • Culturally ignorant

    Y’all seem to have the inside track on how theater works. Is this considered broadway or off broadway? What is the difference? I have seen a show in the big city and my small town USE to have a festival of arts which my family tried to always go to. I don’t know how “broadway” works.

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