Curtains for 'Capeman'

March 06, 1998|By J. Wynn Rousuck

"The Capeman," Paul Simon's Broadway musical, will close March 28. The $11 million musical, which marked Simon's Broadway debut, had been greeted by scorching reviews.

The musical had net receipts of $404,690, out of a potential of $784,593, for the week ending last Sunday, according to Variety. It will have played 68 regular performances and 59 previews when it closes.

The high number of previews was symptomatic of the show's troubles, which included a postponed opening and a total of four directors. Its early closing follows a pattern of Broadway musicals -- such as "Nick & Nora" and "Legs Diamond" -- that had extended previews and flopped.

Based on the true story of a Puerto Rican gang member convicted of killing two teens in New York in 1959, "The Capeman" has a book and lyrics co-written by Nobel Prize-winner Derek Walcott and composer Simon.

Simon released a well-received CD, "Songs from The Capeman," before the show began previews, and a cast album is being recorded. A concert tour and touring productions are planned.

In a prepared statement, Simon said: "What I enjoyed the most apart from the creative process was the intensity with which the audience, in particular the Latino audience, responded to the play."

Pub Date: 3/06/98

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