Alanis Morissette has bailed out the Broadway musical version of “Jane Eyre,” at least for a week. The closing notice for the $6.5 million musical based on the Charlotte Bronte novel was taken down yesterday (May 16) after the Morissette came up with $150,000 to keep the show running for a few more days.
“She is a good friend of Paul Gordon, the composer, and also a huge fan of the show,” said a spokesperson for the musical.
“Jane Eyre” was originally set to close Sunday at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre after 185 performances, despite having received five Tony Award nominations, including a nod for best musical. When Morissette heard that the show was folding, she offered to help out. What will happen after next week is uncertain, according to the spokesperson.
In other Broadway news, the $10 million-plus musical “Seussical,” based on the stories of the late Dr. Seuss (Theodore Geisel) will end its run on Sunday after 197 performances. Faced with negative reviews, producer Barry Weissler kept the show afloat, first bringing in talk-show superstar Rosie O’Donnell, and now gymnast Cathy Rigby to play the Cat in the Hat, and in recent weeks, teen pop singer Aaron Carter to portray JoJo, the young boy in the show. Carter left the cast last week.
“Seussical” mustered only one Tony Award nomination — a best actor – musical nod for Kevin Chamberlin, who plays Horton the elephant.
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