Glory Days: closed! Last performance was on 6 May 2008, the musical's opening night.
The producer's of the Broadway musical Glory Days, has announced that the show is now closed. It played its final performance yesterday (6 May 2008), which was also the musical's opening night.
Glory Days, music and lyrics by Nick Blamiere, with book by James Gardiner, opened at the Circle in the Square on 6 May 2008, following previews from 22 Apr, and was booking through to 10 Aug 2008. The musical played 17 previews and one regular performance.
The musical opened to very poor reviews: "The production manages to seem fresh and seriously stale at the same time." (New York Times); "Undeveloped post-high-school musical." (New York Daily News); "The music is difficult to describe and utterly unmemorable.., and the lyrics are jejune." (New York Post); "In brief, "Glory Days"... It won't be there for long." (Star-Ledger); "Looks hopelessly amateur." (Bloomberg); "An artless, drearily obvious look at growing up,.., set to an unfortunate musical score." (The Record); "The opposite of slick" (Associated Press).
David Rooney of Variety seemed to sum up the show's reviews when he wrote "The producers have done an extreme disservice to the inexperienced creative team by shoving them into the spotlight with what's likely to be a commercial embarrassment."
Producers John Oï¿½Boyle and Ricky Stevens said, ï¿½We adore Glory Days and everyone connected with this production. Sadly, given the over-night reviews and our low advance sales, we believe it is prudent to close the show on Broadway immediately.ï¿½
Glory Days had its world premiere at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, where it ran from 15 Jan - 17 Feb 2008.
Eric Schaeffer, who directed the Signature Theatre production, also helmed the Broadway production, which saw the Signature's cast, Steven Booth, Andrew C. Call, Adam Halpin and Jesse JP Johnson re-create their roles for Broadway.
Glory Days: Four high school friends reunite one year after graduation to discover how dramatically their lives have grown apart. While they attempt to reconnect and understand each otherï¿½s differences, nothing can compare to the glory days of high school when life was simpler and all appeared right with the world. The musical features music styles from pop and folk to contemporary rock.
23 year old Nick Blaemire (Music and Lyrics) is made his Broadway debut this season as a songwriter with Glory Days. He also currently making his Broadway acting debut in the ensemble of Cry-Baby. James Gardiner (Book), who is also 23 years old, made Broadway debut as a librettist with Glory Days.
The creative team comprises James Kronzer (sets), Sasha Ludwig-Siegel (costumes), Mark Lanks (lighting) and Peter Hylenski (sound).
Glory Days was produced on Broadway by John O'Boyle, Ricky Stevens, Richard E. Leopold and Lizzie Leopold and Max Productions in association with Signature Theatre.
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