Fat Lady Sings

Neil Simon's Broadway Bomb

Weak ticket sales have doomed the Broadway revival of Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs, which will close Sunday after less than a week on stage. The David Cromer-directed production opened last Wednesday to mixed reviews and failed to start strong, grossing only $124,000 for preview performances in the week before opening. An executive involved in the production said that the lead producer was skeptical ticket sales would grow, and couldn't justify the costs of production. A planned partner production of Simon's Broadway Bound has been shelved as well. Emmy-winning actress Laurie Metcalf headlined both productions, which are based loosely on the 82-year-old Simon's life. His last hit, in the early 1990s, was Lost in Yonkers.