NEW YORK (AP) — Opening night of “Motown: The Musical” went very well until right after the curtain call. With the cast still buzzing at 10:15 p.m., producer Kevin McCollum had bad news: The show was ending its return run on Broadway early.

In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Marq Moss, Lynorris Evans, Rashad Naylor, Jarvis B. Manning and Robert Hartwell appear during a performance of "Motown The Musical," in New York. (Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

In this image released by Boneau/Bryan-Brown, from left, Marq Moss, Lynorris Evans, Rashad Naylor, Jarvis B. Manning and Robert Hartwell appear during a performance of “Motown The Musical,” in New York. (Joan Marcus/Boneau/Bryan-Brown via AP)

The song-heavy story of Motown Record’s tumultuous history was expected to run until Nov. 13, but producers faced with lackluster box-office sales will now pull the plug after the July 31 performance.

The show’s original incarnation played 775 performances between 2013-15 and the show also went out on a national tour. The musical is told from the perspective of founder Berry Gordy, who wrote the story.

News of the show’s demise comes a few days after word that the “Fiddler on the Roof” revival will close Dec. 31.

 

Mark Kennedy

AP Drama Writer