Perhaps something else is in the making for that theatre. It might be a little small to hold the kind of house that BatB gets, but maybe it's going to get a new show. Perhaps they're thinking about trying Hunchback in the States or something. Maybe we will know by the time TLM is in Denver.
Its a shame it didnt have a very long run, but better for Disney to admit their shortfalls and cut their losses.
I'd say bring back Beauty but it would make Disney look pretty stupid so soon after ending it.
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Tarzan was the first Broadway musical I ever saw...Wicked doesn't count - I saw it in San Francisco. I will always think it was amazing becaue I'd never seen anything like it. The opening was fantastic. I'm surprised it's closing without much advance notice.
"Tarzan" won't be swinging over Broadway much longer. The big-budget tuner from Disney Theatrical Prods. has posted a closing notice for July 8. Shuttering ends a rocky run for "Tarzan," which opened in May 2006 to decidedly mixed reviews. Musical, with songs by Phil Collins and book by David Henry Hwang based on the Disney animated pic, has sold unevenly throughout its time on the boards, never reaching the sales momentum of current Disney Theatrical hits "The Lion King" or "Mary Poppins." "The sales trends over the last few weeks just haven't held up," said David Schrader, managing director and CFO of Disney Theatrical.
The Rialto version of "Tarzan" looks to be a rare mistep for the Mouse legit arm. Even the company's "Aida," which was not a longrunning smash along the lines of "Beauty and the Beast" or "Lion King," played a four-year run. The two weeks' closing notice for "Tarzan" is unusual for Disney, and another indicator of the show's struggling sales.
For other productions the company has announced the end of a run months in advance to capitalize on a resultant bump in receipts. The strategy is currently working well for "Beauty," which announced six months ago it would end its 13-year run in July, and now in its final frames is logging impressive receipts.
Helmed and designed by Bob Crowley (who won two Tonys earlier this month, one for "Poppins"), "Tarzan" is running in the Netherlands in a retooled staging. There is interest in the show in other markets as well, according to Schrader. Even without "Tarzan" on the New York boards, Disney has a hefty legit workload. With Broadway sales of "Poppins" going strong, the org's stage version of "The Little Mermaid" tries out in Denver this summer for a fall opening in Gotham, while an upcoming touring version of "High School Musical" looks poised to bring in big bucks on the road.
ORDDU: Well, if nobody else wants my favorite man in a loin cloth, I hope he knows there's plenty of room in a certain witch's heart for him--and that there always WILL be! Not even that silly Jane person can appreciate such a handsom hunk as much as I can. He can come swing on my vine ANY time!