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'First Date,' 'A Time to Kill' slated to close on Broadway

Two new Broadway productions announced plans to end their runs. The short-lived stage adaptation of the John Grisham novel A Time to Kill announced that it will close Nov. 17; your last chance to make a date with the Zachary Levi musical comedy First Date will be Jan. 5.

Courtroom drama A Time to Kill opened Oct. 20, but unlike the popular 1996 movie adaptation starring Sandra Bullock and Matthew McConaughey, the play failed to connect with audiences. EW’s Thom Geier gave the play a C+, noting: “There isn’t much subtlety in A Time to Kill – Lindsay Jones’ overly intrusive underscore cues up at every dramatic moment — but it manages to convey a mostly satisfying sense of justice being served.” Before it plays its final night, author Grisham will host a performance of the show on Nov. 14, producers also announced Wednesday.

First Date, starring Zachary Levi (Chuck) in his Broadway debut and Krysta Rodriguez (Smash), opened to lukewarm reviews back in July (EW’s Geier also gave it a C+) and by the end of its run will have played 34 previews and 174 regular performances at the Longacre Theatre. Levi is currently starring on the big screen in Thor: The Dark World.

'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' to close on Broadway on June 24

Priscilla has finally run out of gas. After 549 performances, the Broadway production of Priscilla Queen of the Desert — about two drag queens and a transsexual’s pop music-filled road trip through the Australian outback — will close at the Palace Theatre on Sunday, June 24, producers announced today.

The Tony Award-winning production opened in New York in March 2011 after an acclaimed run in Sydney in 2006 and subsequent openings in Melbourne, New Zealand, London and Toronto. The (no doubt sparkly) silver lining to the close of the Broadway outing is that the first U.S. national tour of Priscilla will launch in Minneapolis’ Orpheum Theatre on January 8, 2013. Yes, the road trip is going on a road trip!

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Nick Jonas-led 'How to Succeed…' will go out of business on Broadway on May 20

Want to know how to succeed in musical theater? Look no further than the walloping success of the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which will end its fruitful run on Sunday, May 20 after 30 previews, 473 regular performances and — count ‘em — three headlining young sensations.

Although closing is a bittersweet announcement for any production, the well-received revival of H2$ recouped its initial $9 million investment in December, meaning that everything else — including the $4 million Darren Criss brought in during his three-week run in January, as well as the moderate success of current star Nick Jonas — is just gravy (after production costs, of course). READ FULL STORY

Broadway's 'Leap of Faith' announces May 13 closing

Just a week after being snubbed for nominations in every major Tony Award category — except, ironically, Best Musical — the stage production of Leap of Faith will close on Broadway on Sunday, May 13, after 24 previews and 20 regular performances. Really, it didn’t have a prayer.

Leap of Faith, which stars Raul Esparza as a duplicitous faith healer in rural Kansas, has been steadily declining in its box office take since its opening on April 26. The joyous tuner managed to snag only one Tony nom, which despite its heft wasn’t enough to give a pecuniary bump to the struggling production (unlike other Best Musical nominees Nice Work If You Can Get It and Once, which surged following their Tony nods).

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