Tony-nominated 'After Midnight' to shutter early due to soft ticket sales

By Kyle Johnson,

The producers of the critically acclaimed Broadway musical After Midnight announced on Saturday that after eight months of shows, it would be ending its run early.

Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis said the musical's last show would be on June 29 after the show struggled to fill seats, even as critics sang its praises, according to The Hollywood Reporte.

After Midnight is based upon the Cotton Club Parade set during the years of Duke Ellington in Harlem. The musical was led by Psych star Dule Hill, who would read Langston Hughes poetry to the crowd between the song and dance numbers.

The musical was nominated for seven Tony Awards and the producers had hoped some wins could draw in stronger crowds, but only director Warren Carlyle took home an award, for best choreography.

Ticket sales were never poor for After Midnight, but the musical was unable to earn enough to become profitable and will close at a loss.

The news comes as the musical was preparing to welcome guest appearances from Gladys Knight and Natalie Cole later in the summer, reports The New York Times.

The producers tried to keep the musical afloat at least until the end of summer, but needed over a dozen theatrical unions to agree to a contract concession, which some unfortunately did not.

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