Despite a big-name director and an impressive soundtrack featuring the Beach Boys, Surf:The Musical is closing in Las Vegas after a disappointing six-week run, reports Las Vegas Weekly. Planet Hollywood pulled the plug on the show, which had a preview opening June 29th and a formal debut July 17th. The musical will close August 15th.
Surf: The Musical had star power behind it, with Rock of Ages director Kristin Hanggi steering a production set entirely to the music of the Beach Boys, who never officially endorsed the show. The storyline follows a failed young musician who returns to his beachside hometown only to discover his ex-girlfriend is now with a real rocker.
The production reportedly never sold more than 200 tickets to any show, with at least one show selling fewer than 50 tickets in a 1,500-seat theater.
In 2005, Good Vibrations, another musical heavily featuring the Beach Boys’ music, left Broadway after 94 performances.