Just a week after being snubbed for nominations in every major Tony Award category – except, ironically, Best Musical – the stage production of Leap of Faith will close on Broadway on Sunday, May 13, after 24 previews and 20 regular performances. Really, it didn’t have a prayer.
Leap of Faith, which stars Raul Esparza as a duplicitous faith healer in rural Kansas, has been steadily declining in its box office take since its opening on April 26. The joyous tuner managed to snag only one Tony nom, which despite its heft wasn’t enough to give a pecuniary bump to the struggling production (unlike other Best Musical nominees Nice Work If You Can Get It and Once, which surged following their Tony nods).
“Although we love our show and very much appreciate both our many award nominations and the joy of our audiences, we have not been able to achieve a sustainable level of ticket sales to continue,” said the show’s producers in a statement. “We thank all those who worked so hard over so many years to bring Leap of Faith to Broadway.”
The curtain may not have completely fallen on the congregation, though: The scheduled performances at this year’s Tony Awards have not yet been announced, and Leap of Faith may yet live to belt out another gospel tune on the June 10 telecast before the choir robes are hung up for good.