Broadway shows that closed during previews
Last Edit: mikem 10:46 am EDT 03/21/20
Posted by: mikem 10:46 am EDT 03/21/20

According to Wikipedia, there were 16 Broadway shows that closed during previews, so now there are 18. The last two were Bobbi Boland in 2003 and Face Value in 1993, so it's been a rare phenomenon in recent years.

The earliest show listed was in 1962. The same Wikipedia page has a list of Broadway shows that closed with 20 or fewer performances after opening night, and there are also very few before 1964. Back in the 1950s and early 1960s, what happened when a show was not working out? Would it keep running for a few weeks anyway? That seems to be the current trend; no show since 2012 has run for fewer than 20 performances or closed in previews (until now).

Also, does anyone have any insight into what happened in 1952 and 1953? From 1947 to 1963, only six shows ran for fewer than 20 performances, and all of them were in 1952 or 1953.
Link https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_shortest-running_Broadway_shows

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