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Motown to close January 18th, 2015

LightsOut90
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:21pm
Just announced via their twitter account, when was the last time a musical announced their closing so far out?

Apparently though it will then reopen on Broadway July 2016???

Motown The Musical ?@MotownMusical 43s
@DavidStruckman A little bit of good news! We'll be back on Broadway in July 2016!


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Updated On: 8/21/14 at 11:21 PM
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justincharacter
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joined:6/11/13
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:22pm
Wow.

Updated On: 8/21/14 at 11:22 PM
gstrus2
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joined:5/27/12
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:23pm
Wow, didn't see this coming. Glad something new can come into the Lunt Fontanne, but I thought this was grossing quite well. I thought it would be the next Mamma Mia.

Updated On: 8/21/14 at 11:23 PM
gstrus2
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:24pm
Maybe Finding Neverland is coming to the Lunt Fontanne?
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matineeidol2591
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:24pm
Huh???
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Smaxie
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joined:9/26/05
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:25pm
It is slated to return to Broadway in July 2016 at a Nederlander theatre TBA.
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LightsOut90
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:25pm
this seems very strange.
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MusicAndPassion
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joined:9/14/05
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:26pm
It's 2014. It will close in a few months and open in 23 months from now? Sorry, but I doubt this re-opening will occur. Congrats to all the performers and artists who have worked hard on this show, thought!
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AKarp2013
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joined:7/25/11
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:28pm
This is very, very strange.

In response to the question: "When was the last time a musical announced their closing so far out?" If I recall correctly, didn't the revival of "42nd Street" announce its closing 10 months before the closing?
Updated On: 8/21/14 at 11:28 PM
nasty_khakis
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joined:3/15/07
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:29pm
Maybe the plan is start the tour, let it go for the year, then put the tour on Broadway during July like Hair, Bring it On, and Fella did?

I agree though, this seems out of nowhere and very odd.
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Smaxie
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:30pm
Read... the article.
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RW3
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:31pm
I'm just confused.
LightsOut90
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:31pm
This seems very strange and im not buying this story.
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gstrus2
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:32pm
Finding Neverland must be going into the Lunt Fontanne because all the other Nederlander theatre's have tennants for the spring except the Marquis, but with On Your Feet coming in Fall 2015, it would have to be a limited run and I think Weinstein wants an open run.
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ACL2006
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:35pm
it would make sense if they'd reopen in Fall 2015. But a nearly two year hiatus is dumbfounding. Sure send the current Broadway set to London, but will Broadway audiences really remember this show in July 2016???
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
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ACL2006
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:37pm
also, IF FINDING NEVERLAND does want this theater, maybe there's a little push by the Nederlander organization to get MOTOWN out of there. Regardless, this is a little bizarre considering MOTOWN is still grossing around $1 million a week.
A Chorus Line played its final Broadway performance on August 17, 2008. The tour played its final performance on August 21, 2011. A new non-equity tour started in October 2012 played its final performance on March 23, 2013.
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FindingNamo
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:40pm
Why do Broadway audiences need to remember it at all? This is a jukebox show for people who want to remember the great hits of Motown. There will plenty of those folks visiting in the summer of 2016.
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LightsOut90
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/21/14 at 11:41pm
the only conceivable reason is that the advance takes a massive nose-dive after the holidays also at 850k a week run cost not a lot of profit potential.
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mjohnson2
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:00am
This is good. It will recoup its 18 million dollar investment (wowzah!), so people interested in investing don't have to be disheartened and nobody has to go broke, but we can be relieved of this awful mess of a show.
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:02am
This has Weinstein written all over it. We'll hear a Finding Neverland/Lunt announcement any day now.

Sidenote: Why the hell did Mowtown cost $18 million!?!?
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loliveve
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:10am
^ I wonder if the cost had to do with song rights, since Berry Goldy sold Motown and would have had to obtain the rights back, right?
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bwayphreak234
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:10am
Wowza
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brdway411
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joined:2/24/14
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:15am
They should have spent some of the 18 mil on a better writer for the book. It SUCKED!!!!
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Jordan Catalano
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:17am
Will it be eligable for Best Revival?
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kade.ivy
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joined:7/28/13
Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:19am
This is quite strange. I bet the plan is exactly what nastykhakis suggests. That will give the tour two years on the road. They'll bring that production to Broadway and have a new run if it's successful.

I am glad that the Lunt-Fontanne is now the presumable house for Neverland!
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Mr Roxy
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Motown to close January 18th, 2015
Posted: 8/22/14 at 12:26am
Anyone believes this will be returning also believes in Santa and the Easter Bunny. It is finished on Broadway. Neverland will stay open until Harvey W gets tired of propping it up . Plenty of empty theaters in the future and Cats is closer than ever. Meow Meow.
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