'The Producers' closing in Canada soon

June 28, 2004 at 2:15 PM
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TORONTO, June 28 (UPI) -- "The Producers" organizers have surprised Toronto theatergoers by suddenly closing the Canadian version of the Broadway show.

Producer David Mirvish said he will shut down the play in Toronto Sunday, a month after he announced he would close the Mel Brooks production Sept. 5, a date that also had been earlier than originally planned, DailyVariety.com reported.

The Toronto run had suffered from low ticket sales, which Mirvish had hoped would be boosted by his earlier news about the Sept. 5 closing, allowing the show to break even.

Instead of increasing sales, the news resulted in further losses, with the gross falling by $102,000 weekly since the initial news, with some shows currently running at 62 percent paid capacity and some weeks in July showing only a 25 percent advance sale rate, DailyVariety.com said.

The decision was made to close the show in mid-summer following an emergency meeting June 18 in New York.

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