SURF THE MUSICAL, recently opened at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, will be closing after next Wednesday’s performance. The show July 17th after three weeks of previews.
I’m always sad to see people out of work. Especially those who work in entertainment given my long career in the theater. But having attended the opening night, it was clear there were some issues with the project that I can only assume have not been addressed or fixed yet.
But the show never caught on, receiving reviews that ranged from tepid to poisonous and reportedly never sold more than 200 tickets to any performance in a 1,500-seat theater. For at least one show, fewer than 50 tickets were purchased (prices were in line with some of the top Las Vegas productions — $70 to $158).
“Surf” is the second musical driven by Beach Boys music to ride a short wave. In 2005, “Good Vibrations” (which also was not endorsed by the band) closed on Broadway after just 94 performances. As it turns out, that figure is more than double the number of shows “Surf” managed on the Strip.