Kiss Me, Kate at the Martin Beck Theatre is the latest Broadway show to announce it will close Sept. 23, three months sooner than expected.
The announcement was made Sept. 19. By Sept. 23, the show will have played 28 previews and 769 performances. A national tour continues.
The deadly Sept. 11 terrorist attack on New York City has had economic repercussions throughout the country, and Broadway has been hit particularly hard. Following a bruising at the box office Sept. 11-16 due to canceled performances and a lack of tourists to buy tickets, producers are facing tough decisions about their shows. Four other Broadway shows will shutter Sept. 23: If You Ever Leave Me, I'm Going With You, Stones in His Pockets, The Rocky Horror Show and A Thousand Clowns. Blast! had previously planned Sept. 23 as its close date.
Tourists are still staying away from Manhattan, which is open for business as usual — despite a collective sense of sadness and remembrance — above Canal Street.
The hit revival of the Cole Porter musical was previously announced to close Dec. 30 after more than two years. A London company begins this October starring Marin Mazzie, who opened the show in 1999. The Michael Blakemore-directed staging began Broadway previews Oct. 25, 1999, and opened Nov. 18. Burke Moses and Carolee Carmello currently star at the Martin Beck Theatre. The next tenant expected at the Beck is the musical, Sweet Smell of Success, in early 2002.