Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new musical Bad Cinderella is set to close on Broadway with a final performance scheduled for 4 June 2023.
Running at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre, it will have played 33 preview performances and 85 regular performances by the time it closes.
Opening to less than positive reviews on 23 March 2023, the show failed to pick up any Tony Award nominations.
Anyone looking at Broadway box-office receipts could see the writing was on the wall for Lloyd Webber’s latest show – Bad Cinderella has played to declining capacity over the last 4-weeks with 72.15%, 65.09%, 65.10% and 53% seats filled. The show previously ran for 12-months in London’s West End where it was produced as Cinderella.
Bad Cinderella’s closure closely follows the shutdown of Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway after 35 years, marking the first time Broadway has not had an Andrew Lloyd Webber musical running since 1979, when Evita opened at the Broadway Theatre starring Patti Lupone.
Lloyd Webber’s Broadway long-runners include Cats, running from 1982 to 2000; and The Phantom of the Opera, which ran from 1988 until 2023. In between Lloyd Webber has had varied success on Broadway with Joseph and The Technicolor Dreamcoat, Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Sunset Boulevard, and School of Rock.
Bad Cinderella is led by Linedy Genao as Cinderella, with Carolee Carmello as the Machiavellian Stepmother, Grace McLean as the ever-exacting Queen, Jordan Dobson as the heir-do-well Sebastian, Sami Gayle as the ditzy step-sister Adele, Morgan Higgins as the husband-hungry step-sister Marie, Christina Acosta Robinson as the all-seeing Godmother, and Savy Jackson as the Cinderella alternate.
The ensemble includes Raymond Baynard, Michael Baerga, Lauren Boyd, Tristen Buettel, Kaleigh Cronin, Josh Drake, Ben Lanham, Angel Lozada, Cameron Loyal, Mariah Lyttle, Sarah Meahl, Christian Probst, Larkin Reilly, Julio Rey, Lily Rose, J. Savage, Tregony Shepherd, Dave Schoonover, Paige Smallwood, and Aléna Watters; and the swings are Alyssa Carol, Gary Cooper, Robin Masella, Michael Milkanin, Chloe Nadon-Enriquez, and Lucas Thompson.
Bad Cinderella has music by Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tony Award-winner David Zippel and a book by Oscar winner Emerald Fennell. The show is directed by Laurence Connor with choreography by JoAnn M. Hunter.
In London, Andrew Lloyd Webber will have three musicals on stage this summer, with a revival of Aspects of Love opening tomorrow, 12 May 2023, at the Lyric Theatre starring Michael Ball; his long-running hit The Phantom of the Opera playing at the newly renamed His Majesty’s Theatre; and The Wizard of Oz, for which he has contributed new songs with Tim Rice, heading to the London Palladium from 23 June 2023.