“Sex and the City” star Kim Cattrall latest run in a revival of Noel Coward’s Private Lives has become the latest flop on the Great White Way. Some surprise shows have stumble this season.
In another surprise closing, Bonnie and Clyde, a musical based on the legend of the bank-robbing fugitives also ending its run early.
The $6 million biographical musical, starring Laura Osnes and Jeremy Jordan, suffered from bad reviews and lackluster sales.
On the other hand, Cattrall, who is starring with Canadian TV star Paul Gross seemed like a sure hit.
Not only was it a seminal work by Coward, but the show had done well in London and Toronto before moving to Broadway.
It was also a comedy, and well reviewed, which usually attracts theatergoers.
Although the play was first performed in 1930, the story is still relevant. It’s about a divorced couple who reunite when they discover they have adjoining rooms while on honeymoons with new spouses.
Its second act love scene was nearly censored in Britain because it was considered too risqué when it first opened in the West End.
The play has been revived at least a half dozen times each in London and New York.
The 2010, Richard Eyre-directed revival opened at the Vaudeville Theatre in London and starred Matthew Macfadyen as Elyot and Cattrall as Amanda.
The Broadway show began previews on Nov. 6 and was slated to run through Feb. 5. But producers pulled the plug after the show struggled with poor ticket sales. It will close on Dec. 31.
Frank Wildhorn’s Bonnie & Clyde will also close by the end of the month, with the final performance slated for Dec. 30 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theater.
Last spring his show Wonderland, based on the Lewis Carroll classic “Through the Looking Glass,” an updated telling of Alice in Wonderland, was also torpedoed by bad reviews, according to The New York Times.
Wildhorn was coming off a success with his Broadway hit Jekyll & Hyde.