Another one bites the dust—Leap of Faith is Closing

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Producers of Leap of Faith, the new musical based on the film of the same name, have announced that the production will close at Broadway’s St. James Theatre this Sunday, May 13 after the matinee performance. Leap of Faith, which stars Raul Esparza, recently received a Tony Award nomination for Best Musical.

“Although we love out\r show and very much appreciate both our many award nominations and the joy of our audiences, we have not been able to achieve a sustainable level of ticket sales to continue,” producers said in a statement.

While the production has played to an average capacity of about 85%, the show’s highest weekly gross was only $288,494. The average ticket price is $27.26, which consistently places Leap of Faith at the bottom of the weekly grosses. Last week end, only Seminar and Magic/Bird grossed less than Leap of Faith. Seminar played its final show last Sunday and Magic/Bird will play its final performance May 12.

Featuring songs by Alan Menken (music) and Glenn Slater (lyrics), with a book by Janus Cercone and Warren Leight, Leap of Faith tells the story of Jonas Nightingale, played by Raul Esparza, a con-man missionary who must re-examine his sinful ways when his con is challenged.

Leap of Faith opened April 26 at The St. James Theatre. It will have played 24 previews and 20 regular performances at the time of closing.