Seussical, the Broadway musical that received three Drama Desk Award nominations and a Tony nomination for actor Kevin Chamberlin, will close on May 20, a show spokesman confirmed. The Lynn Ahrens-Stephen Flaherty tuner, which had a troubled road to Broadway and a rocky run in New York, will likely tour the U.S.
Aaron Carter, the blond heartthrob of the barely-teen set, jumped into Seussical March 30 and lured a new audience into the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Cathy Rigby will continue to play the Cat in the Hat in the Dr. Seuss inspired show through May 20. Former champion gymnast Rigby joined Seussical March 15.
There had been talk that Rosie O'Donnell would repeat her earlier turn at the Cat sometime in the future. O'Donnell joined the cast earlier this year and helped to boost sales during her stay.
Carter, the 13-year-old international star known for such songs as "Crush On You" and "Crazy Little Party Girl," played the lost kid, Jo Jo, who feels "Alone in the Universe" in the family friendly musical by the songwriting team of Ragtime. The casting pump fresh life into the once-sagging box office of the show.
Seussical earned three Drama Desk nominations, for Outstanding Actor in a Musical (Kevin Chamberlin), Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Janine LaManna) and Outstanding Music (Stephen Flaherty). SFX Theatrical Group, Barry and Fran Weissler and Universal Studios are producers of Seussical, a show that has been in need, critics and producers agree, of star names to sell tickets and help anchor the expansive narrative. It opened in November 2000. Frank Galati is credited as director, though his work and the work of choreographer Kathleen Marshall was augmented by director-choreographer Rob Marshall. For tickets to Seussical, call (212) 307-4100.