wedding celebration known as A Catered Affair will
end its run next month.
Fierstein-John Bucchino musical about one family's
tribulations over its daughter's upcoming nuptials closes
July 27 after playing 116 performances at the Walter
The $6.5 million
production opened to mostly downbeat reviews in April
and failed to get an all-important best-musical Tony
nomination last month, although two of its stars,
Faith Prince and Tom Wopat, received nominations.
In A Catered
Affair, Prince plays a woman trapped in a stifling
marriage to a taxi driver (Wopat) and the show centers on
how their daughter's impending marriage forces them to
confront the truths about their own relationship.
Watching from the sidelines is the woman's gay
brother, portrayed by Fierstein, who wrote the musical's
"I just wanted to
tell a story about real people dealing with real
emotions that all of us deal with on a daily basis,"
Fierstein said Thursday in a telephone interview. "I
told that story as honestly as I could and in a
musical form (by composer Bucchino) in which there is a
kind of invisible line between speaking and singing in which
they sing and speak in the same voice."
people loved A Catered Affair," said Fierstein,
but "a lot maybe thought it was too challenging or didn't
get it at all. It took some people multiple viewings
to get it."
Yet Fierstein is
optimistic about the future life of the show.
"I assume we are
going to have a huge life after Broadway," he said.
"We have genuine interest in foreign markets around the
world. ... It is a show that can be produced by almost
anyone. The show needs very little -- or as much as
you want to give. It will have a life in universities,
regional theaters. Any place where they have a great
leading lady, a great leading man. And what theater doesn't
have a man to play the uncle?
"I've never seen
an audience in a musical do what our audience does --
the weeping and the crying and the love," he added. "A lot
of women have come time and time again. It's becoming
the Rent of middle-aged women -- which they
haven't had since Hugh Jackman shook his tuchas in
The Boy From Oz."
"I have something
in mind for 2010. But I had kind of planned on doing
A Catered Affair through 2009," he said with a
rueful laugh. (AP)