Leap of Faith Will Pull Down Its Broadway Tent on May 13

It’s not uncommon for a number of shows to post closing notices after the TONY Award nominations are announced. ¬†Producers wait with their fingers crossed (if their show isn’t grossing healthy dollar amounts) and hope that their show will be honored with a nomination for Best Play/Musical. This nod can provide a bit of a boost initially and help keep it going until the actual awards in June.

If your show isn’t doing so well though? The slight boost that the nod could possibly provide might not be enough. Michael Riedel reported two weeks ago that the producers of Leap of Faith would need a minimum of $2 million to keep the show going through the beginning of June. Yes, Riedel is a gossip columnist, but he’s oftentimes correct on these things (even columnists have their sources) and from a producing perspective, that number doesn’t seem very far fetched. Thankfully the small chance of winning the TONY for Best Musical have not kept them from making, in my opinion, the right decision and they’ve decided to close this Sunday.

After being thoughtlessly snubbed by the nomination committee, Theresa Rebeck’s hysterical new play Seminar closed last Sunday, May 6th. I was really disappointed that I didn’t get the chance to see Jeff Goldblum in it. Perhaps it will tour? I think it’d be a hard sell on the road though.¬†

Last on the list thusfar is Magic/Bird. This play, unliked last season’s Lombardi, just couldn’t find it’s audience. Magic/Bird will shutter on May 12th after having been ignored for a nomination for Best Play.¬†

Those are the three on the list so far. Your guess is as good as mine for what’s on the Great White Way chopping block next.

Leap of Faith Will Pull Down Its Broadway Tent on May 13

Magic/Bird, the great love story in basketball about Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, started previews recently and I saw it last Sunday and last Saturday (yes, there were straight male friends who needed to be taken). I really enjoyed it on Sunday night, so it was no burden to go back on Saturday.

Playing the title characters respectively are Kevin Daniels and Tug Coker. I will never know where they found such tall actors who could shoot baskets easily, but somehow, they did, and these guys were great.

The play started began in 1991, flashed back to 1979 (when both of them were in college), and worked it’s way back to the present. The ending was a lot smoother when I saw it on Saturday. On Sunday, it ended with a wrap-up of “where are they now” for the characters, which was mildly boring, while on Saturday, the play ended with their goodbyes at the airport after winning for America in the Olympics. It felt a lot more clean cut than the ending the prior weekend.

I can safely say that all of my straight guy friends with whom I watched this show thoroughly enjoyed it (“I didn’t know what to expect, but I really enjoyed it!” is what they said), so Magic/Bird just might be the play to take your best guy friend/boyfriend/husband to see this season.