The Cher Show and King Kong will close on Broadway this fall following slim box office sales after the Tony awards earlier this month.
Although The Cher Show won Tony Awards for Stephanie J. Block’s performance and costume design by Bob Mackie, the show failed to bring in more than 58 percent of its potential at the Neil Simon Theatre, grossing $858,578 last week, Deadline reports. The play, which revolves around pop icon Cher’s career and life story, opened on December 3, 2018, and by its close, it would have played 34 previews and 296 regular performances. Fans who didn’t get a chance to see the show on Broadway will be able to catch The Cher Show on its national tour, set to kick-off in late 2020.
Along with The Cher Show, King Kong didn’t bring in as much sales as critics had hoped; Deadline notes that last week, the $36.5 million show brought in $782,914, only reaching 53 percent of its potential at the Broadway Theater. Although the set includes heavy special effects and a massive gorilla onstage, the 29 previews and 324 performances did not live up to par. It will, however, head to Shanghai for a production in 2021, while a North American tour is in the development stages.
Both plays join The Prom, Be More Chill, Gary: A Sequel to Titus Andronicus, and Hillary and Clinton on the list of post-Tony closing announcements which failed to bring in success like Ain’t Too Proud, Beetlejuice, and Mean Girls.