Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 43-Year Streak Ends Amid Closing of ‘Bad Cinderella’ on Broadway
Roughly four months after its premiere night, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Bad Cinderella is shutting down on Broadway. The musical will play its final show at the Imperial Theatre on June 4.
Bad Cinderella is Closing After Multiple Bad Reviews
It’s no secret that Bad Cinderella has had a bit of a bumpy road since its opening night. Unfortunately, the show suffered from bad reviews and incredibly low ticket sales.
Furthermore, it failed to receive a single nomination at the Tony Awards, reflecting that odds are not really in their favor. By the time that Bad Cinderella concludes its production next month, it will have played 33 preview performances and 85 regular performances.
Bad Cinderella is the latest musical production to announce its closure. Several Broadway flicks have ended as well, including Webber’s classic The Phantom of the Opera, Beetlejuice, Almost Famous, KPOP, A Strange Loop, and Ain’t No Mo. Seemingly, the pandemic has greatly impacted the engagement of these shows, a crucial reminder to the theatre community that it must continue to up its game each season.
Andrew Lloyd Webber Breaks His Broadway Streak
Bad Cinderella and The Phantom of the Opera were the longest-running production in history. Hence, with both of them shuttering from the stage, Andrew Lloyd Webber has broken his 43-year streak of shows on Broadway.
Webber’s four-decade career in stage musical kicked off with Evita in 1979. Such continued with Cats, Starlight Express, Sunset Boulevard, and School of Rock. Over the years, he’s composed 13 productions such as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Bad Cinderella is a classic fairytale that follows the life of an outcast who ultimately learned that appearances aren’t the entire story. In the end, she’s created her own version of “happily ever after.”
The musical flick opened on London’s West End back in summer 2021 after multiple stops and starts. Since then, its vocal critics have not been kind.