The Broadway production of Geoffrey Nauffts’ Next Fall will close on July 4 after 26 previews and 132 regular performances. According to a report in The New York Times, the play lost its entire $2 million capitalization.
After a summer 2009 off-Broadway run produced by Naked Angels, Next Fall opened on March 11 at the Helen Hayes Theatre and received 2010 Tony nominations for Best Play and for Sheryl Kaller’s direction. In spite of a publicity boost when Elton John and David Furnish lent their name as producers, the ensemble comedy-drama never caught on at the box office, grossing $154,207 for the week ending June 20.
The Broadway production of Next Fall stars Patrick Breen and Patrick Heusinger as a gay couple facing a medical and spiritual crisis, along with Connie Ray, Cotter Smith, Maddie Corman and Sean Dugan. Breen wrote about his journey with the play in a First Person essay for Broadway.com.
Producer Richard Willis told the Times that he plans to talk to John and Furnish about mounting Next Fall in London.