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‘Bandstand,’ ‘Great Comet’ to close in September

"Bandstand" opened at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater in April. Photo Credit: Jeremy Daniel

THE SHOW “Bandstand”

THE DEAL The show, about a group of World War II veterans who form a swing band, will close Sept. 17. “Bandstand,” which was staged by Andy Blankenbuehler of “Hamilton,” failed to catch on with audiences after it opened in April. The news came on the heels of the announcement that “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” will close Sept. 3.

THE SHOW “Hamlet”

THE DEAL The demands of performing a four-hour version of the Shakespeare tragedy six to seven times a week seem to have taken a toll on the actors in the Public Theater’s sold-out Off-Broadway production starring Oscar Isaac as Hamlet and Keegan-Michael Key as Horatio. In response, the Public Theater has canceled all remaining Saturday matinees for the remainder of the run through Sept. 3. “As an artist-driven organization, the welfare of our actors is always a top priority,” the theater wrote in an email to ticket holders affected by the cancellations.

THE SHOW “Once on This Island”

THE DEAL Tony Award winner Lea Salonga, who originated the role of Kim in “Miss Saigon,” has joined the cast of the Broadway revival of this 1990 Caribbean-flavored musical, which will play Circle in the Square in the fall. Salonga will play Erzulie, the goddess of love. “In casting the gods that inhabit our island, it became imperative for me to break expectations and stretch beyond the bounds in which gods are traditionally represented,” director Michael Arden said in a statement.

THE SHOW “Symphonie Fantastique”

THE DEAL Basil Twist’s spectacle of puppetry, water and music, which was inspired by Berlioz’s 1830 symphony of the same name, will receive a 12-week revival at the performance arts complex HERE in the West Village beginning March 29. The show received its premiere at the same venue 20 years ago. The elaborate production will feature a 1,000-gallon water tank and live piano accompaniment from Christopher O’Riley, host of NPR’s “From the Top.”

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