Theatre

Almost Famous musical set to close on Broadway

Broadway’s ‘Almost Famous’ musical will play its final performance on January 8. 

The production is an adaptation of Cameron Crowe’s film from 2000 and began previews at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre on October 3, before opening on November 3.

It is the latest in a string of Broadway show closure announcements, including ‘KPOP’ which closed on December 11 just two weeks after opening. ‘Ain’t No Mo’ also received a closing notice, though it was extended until tomorrow (Friday).

‘Almost Famous’ received mixed to poor reviews, cementing its fate with lacklustre grosses. The musical brought in $765,060 (£635,000/€719,000) in the week ending December 11. The production also only played to theatres at 74% capacity.

New York is experiencing a downturn in tourism and Broadway shows are having to struggle with higher running costs.

High-profile Broadway shows have also suffered this year, with The Phantom of the Opera set to close in February after 35 years. It is Broadway’s longest-running production.

The Off-Broadway production of Stomp is also set to close after 29 years due to declining ticket sales.

The show had run at the East Village’s Orpheum Theatre since February 27, 1994 in New York. Its final Off-Broadway production will be on January 8, 2023 and it will have lasted for a total of 11,472 performances when it finally closes.