Victor/Victoria Closing July 27

News   Victor/Victoria Closing July 27
 
The long-running Broadway musical Victor/Victoria will close after the Sunday, July 27 matinee.

Raquel Welch as a female impersonator in Victor/Victoria, flanked by Arte Phillips and Bill Burns.
Raquel Welch as a female impersonator in Victor/Victoria, flanked by Arte Phillips and Bill Burns. Photo by Photo by Carol Rosegg

The musical, about an impoverished female singer who pretends to be a man so she can get work as a female impersonator, will have played 738 performances at the Marquis Theatre.

Raquel Welch took over the least role of Victoria Grant from Julie Andrews June 10, but box office income fell below half of its potential at capacity. Nevertheless, Variety reported that Welch is being considered for a national tour of the show.

Variety also reported that the Broadway production has recouped less than half its initial $8.5 million investment. But the final tally could improve dramatically if the producers win a lawsuit against an insurance company that refused to compensate them for several performances Andrews missed due to illness. The company is reported to be arguing that Andrews didn't disclose the accurate state of her health when the producers applied for the policy.

The show, directed by Blake Edwards, has a book by Edwards and lyrics by Leslie Bricusse, with music by the late Henry Mancini, augmented by Frank Wildhorn (who worked with Bricusse on Jekyll & Hyde). The show is a stage adaptation of Edwards' Oscar-winning 1982 film musical, which also starred Andrews.

For tickets and information on Victor/Victoria call (212) 307-4100.

The closing makes available the 1601-seat Marquis Theatre, one of the most coveted musical theatres on Broadway.

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