“Dear Evan Hansen” and “Tina,” two Broadway musicals that sold hard before the coronavirus pandemic but have yet to recover after a prolonged theater closure, announced Tuesday that they will be closing late this summer.
“Dear Evan Hansen,” the touching musical about an eccentric teen telling a horrific lie, will end on Broadway on September 3. 18 years old, five years after she won the Tony Award for Best New Musical.
The show opened with a big hit and was a huge hit, but it’s taken a double whammy from the coronavirus pandemic and the film’s poor adaptation, and in recent months has been poor at the box office.
“Tina,” a jukebox about the life and career of rock musician Tina Turner, will end on August 3. 14.
Both shows will continue to run outside of New York. “Dear Evan Hansen” will be shutting down production in London in October, but the North American tour has been selling well and is still going on. Tina will begin a North American tour in September, and will also take place in Britain, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.
“Dear Evan Hansen” premiered on Broadway on November 11. 14, 2016, opening dec. 4, 2016. At the time of its closing, it will have played 21 preview shows and 1,678 regular shows.
The musical, produced by Stacey Mendic and directed by Michael Greve, began its life at the Arena Stage in Washington and then performed off-Broadway on the second stage before moving to Broadway. It won six Tony Awards, including a score by Bing Pasek and Justin Paul, a Stephen Levinson book, and two performers: Ben Platt, who played the title character, and Rachel Bay Jones, who played his mother.
Not only did the show win a Best Musical Tony Award, the London production won an Olivier Award for Best New Film Musical, and the cast album won a Grammy.
The show, which has long recovered its capital costs and has become profitable, was regularly over $1 million a week before Broadway closed in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. In 2021, an adapted film was released and was the subject of a large online derivation; It’s not clear how that affected the theatrical release, but the totals have been unstable and slipping since the show resumed performances last December. The show grossed $588,371 during the week that ended May 29.
The song “Tina”, with music from the singer’s catalog and book by Katori Hall, started its life in London and then moved to Broadway, and previews began in October. 12, 2019, and will open in November. 7, 2019. The musical, produced by Stage Entertainment, a large European production company, directed by Phyllida Lloyd; She won a Tony Award for lead actress, Adrian Warren.
Tina, which has a much larger staffing and more detailed physical production than Dear Evan Hansen, which means it costs more to run each week, was generally making more than $1.5 million a week before the pandemic; It was selling strongly again after resuming its performances last fall, but total box office earnings slumped with the arrival of the Omicron variant and it hasn’t fully rebounded. The show brought in $909.006 during the week ending May 29. At the time of its closing, “Tina” had played 27 preliminary shows and 482 regulars.