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.