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For ‘Shucked,’ a Broadway Chapter Ends, and Its Future Is Unsure

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Shucked,” a musical comedy fueled by corn puns and nation music, will finish its run at Broadway’s Nederlander Theater on Jan. 14.

The present’s lead producers, Mike Bosner and Jason Owen, will not be calling the step a closing, apparently as a result of they’re hoping that they may discover one other theater at which the present may proceed its run. However the present Broadway season is shaping as much as be pretty strong, and it’s unclear if there can be an empty theater obtainable for it.

“Shucked” is vacating its theater as its grosses have remained persistently middling. Theater house owners make cash each by charging hire to producers, and by getting a proportion of the field workplace, and if the Nederlander Group can discover a higher-grossing tenant, it’s going to earn more money. (A number one candidate to take over the theater: a revival of “Tommy” that was well-reviewed and bought strongly at Chicago’s Goodman Theater.)

With a rating by two profitable Nashville-based songwriters, Brandy Clark and Shane McAnally, “Shucked” started previews on March 8 and opened on April 4. It was nominated for 9 Tony Awards, and received one, for Alex Newell as finest featured actor in a musical.

The musical, directed by Jack O’Brien and with a guide by Robert Horn, was capitalized for as much as $16 million, in keeping with a submitting with the Securities and Trade Fee; it has not but recouped these prices. Its grosses have been modest for a musical — in the course of the week that ended Oct. 8, it grossed $751,829, with 85 % of its seats occupied. The nation singer Reba McEntire voiced new advertising for the present and has been speaking it up, and the present’s producing group imagine that her assist helps to advertise gross sales.

A North American tour of “Shucked” was introduced on Tuesday, with plans to kick off subsequent fall in Windfall, R.I. And on Thursday, the present’s producers stated that they anticipate worldwide productions to open in London in 2025 and in Sydney, Australia, in 2026.