Next Fall On Broadway - The Little Show That Couldn't

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Helen Hayes Theater

227 West 42nd Street

2 hours 20 minutes with one 15 minute intermission

March 11, 2010 (Open-Ended)

Broadway Play

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A Great New American Play

Next Fall on Broadway grabbed a lot of attention from theater fans when news came out it would open al the Helen Hayes Theatre. This was to be a new American play without an all-star Hollywood cast an experienced but not well known writer by the name of Geoffrey Nauffts. The play did have a big name behind it caring the producer credits with Elton John but even with such a big credit many wondered if the show could find success. As soon as the production opened it was hailed with amazing reviews and went to the top of the list of new shows on Broadway that are not to be missed.

Next Fall on Broadway quickly became "The Little-Show-That-Could" much to the amazement of the nay-sayers who did not believe a new unknown play without Hollywood names in the cast could survive within today's Broadway landscape. Unfortunately, though even after all the great reviews, buzz and praise from those who seen a performance "Next Fall" has had its final curtain on July 4, 2010 after a 132 performance run. The show was scheduled for an open-ended run but was forced to close due to not being able to turn a profit. The production cost around two million dollars and will end its run with a loss for the producers and investors involved.

While the play was a failure from an investor's standpoint it was a success for those who could see it. Though it was consistently one of the poorest performing Broadway shows in terms of weekly grosses and could not fill the small Helen Hayes Theatre on any given night it was one of the best new plays to hit Broadway in some time. Unfortunately, the play was unable to continue and build an audience around it and while producers were hoping the Tony Awards would deliver some positive buzz and re-ignite interest the play was beaten out by "Red" and unable to cover its running costs from there on out forcing the producers with no other options then closing the doors.

In the end, it appears that the competition from other plays and musicals on Broadway with more known actors in the cast were too much for Next Fall on Broadway and perhaps the nay-sayers were correct. Still it would be difficult to imagine a Broadway in which such fine and entertaining writing such as Geoffrey Nauffts work with "Next Fall" could not find a home and success if even for at least a short while. Perhaps all the show did need was a couple big or even recognizable names in the cast to help surmount a building audience each week. Lead producer, Richard Willis intends to shop the play around for a new home perhaps in London or throughout another US theater market. If this production is to open again Off-Broadway it is certainly well worthy of attendance.

Tickets Information

Next Fall on Broadway tickets are selling at the box office for between $45.00 and $70.00. Premium seats and sold out show times are running between $74.00 and $275.00. You can view our great selection of Next Fall on Broadway Tickets Online by clicking the link.

Show Times

Wed Sat Sun 3pm

Mon 8pm
Tue 7pm
Wed through Sat 8pm


Take the A, C, E to 42nd Street. Exit 44th Street and walk east towards Broadway.


Patrick Breen - Adam
Maddie Corman - Holly
Sean Dugan - Brandon
Patrick Heusinger - Luke
Connie Ray - Arlene
Cotter Smith - Butch


Directed - Sheryl Kaller
Written -Geoffrey Nauffts
Set design - Wilson Chin
Lighting - Jeff Croiter

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