The Beatles tribute show currently on Broadway, Let It Be, has proven to not be as popular as it was thought to be.
The show was originally supposed to remain on Broadway through December 29th. Due to poor ticket sales during the summer, however, it will shut down several months early on September 1st.
Let It Be opened earlier this year on July 25th at the St. James Theater in New York to positive reviews.
As mentioned before, however, the summer ticket sales were definitely not what was expected and proved to be “more challenging than expected”. All signs seemed to point to yes with the show based on the success of the British version which debuted in September 2012 at the Savoy Theater in London and will run through January 2014.
The British version has thus far played to 250,000 people and grossed more than $14 million compared to the one in New York which has played to 50,000 and grossed between $2 and $2.4 million.
The early ending to the show isn’t the only thing issue that has risen. It has also become the subject of a lawsuit that has been filed by the producers of a previous Beatles tribute on Broadway: Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles on Broadway. This particular show ran from the fall of 2010 through the summer of 2011. The producers are claiming that Let It Be has used all but three of the same songs from their production among other similar elements.
All is not lost when it comes to Let It Be though. The producers of the show plan to use the cast and elements of the production to do a touring version of the tribute that will tour through North America during the 2014-2015 season. Other stops on the tour plan to be in Russia, Japan and Monaco.