Two Broadway shows have announced closing dates. A Time To Kill, the stage version of John Grisham’s best-selling novel, will end its run at on Nov. 17, while First Date, the new musical about a couple’s first romantic encounter, will play its last performance on Jan. 5, 2014.
A Time to Kill opened on Oct. 20 and will have played 23 previews and 33 regular performances at the time of its closing. Tony-winner Rupert Holmes (The Mystery of Edwin Drood) wrote the adaptation with Ethan McSweeny (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man) directing. The cast includes Sebastian Arcelus (House of Cards, Elf), John Douglas Thompson (The Emperor Jones), former U.S. Senator Fred Dalton Thompson (Law & Order), Tom Skerritt (Picket Fences, Cheers), Patrick Page (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, How the Grinch Stole Christmas), Tonya Pinkins (Caroline or Change), and Ashley Williams. The plot focuses on a young idealistic lawyer defending an African-American client who takes the law into his own hands when he kills the two white men who committed an unspeakable crime against his young daughter in their smallMississippi town. Reviews were mixed to unfavorable. For the week ending Nov. 3, the show grossed only $215,431 against a potential box office of $693,936.
First Date opened on Aug. 8 and will have played 34 previews and 174 regular performances. The musical comedy with book by Austin Winsberg (Gossip Girl) with music and lyrics by Disney grads Michael Weiner and Alan Zachary, followed the blind date of dorky, hopeful Aaron (Zachary Levi of Chuck in his Broadway debut) and confident, skeptical Casey (Krysta Rodriguez of Smash and Broadway’s The Addams Family) from awkward first encounter to goodnight kiss. Reviews were also mixed, but somewhat more postive than those received for A Time to Kill. The box office had been doing relatively well, but in recent weeks has fallen off. For the week ending Nov. 3, the take was $281,538 with a potential of $859,052.
The closings leave the Golden and Longacre theaters available for shows which have not yet announced a location. These include The Realistic Joneses, All the Way and Mothers and Sons.