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.