We just read in the New York Times about how—despite its popularity and awards—Shuffle Along will be closing. The production company is saying that it is due to the dramatic drop in sales for performances after Tony-awarding winning leading lady, Audra McDonald, goes on maternity leave.
It reminds us all that Broadway—and the theatre in general—can be a very fickle beast!
We remember well a few years (okay, more like 40 years) ago, when we were performing Golda starring Anne Bancroft at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston, and the theatre caught fire. Thankfully no one was hurt—and as luck would have it the theatre across the street—the Shubert—was able to take us in and allow us to let the show go on (just sans the scenery!)!
We congratulate all the wonderful performers in Shuffle Along—and wish them all the very best, whatever their future may hold!
Philip & Marilyn