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How To Succeed on Broadway? Be a Perfect Pocket Rocket Prince

How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying will close on Broadway this month.

A look back at Dan, Darren and Nick in the role of Finch.

DanRad filmed another PSA for The Trevor Project.

More pics of Dan and his lovely co-star Rose Hemingway at the Met Gala looking adorable together.

Finch and Rosemary have left the building

The Three Finches

NEW YORK — Nick Jonas tried hard but couldn't keep Broadway's "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" in business.

Producers of the musical said Tuesday they they were reluctantly handing it a pink slip after several months of lackluster box office revenue. Its final performance will be May 20.

When it closes, the revival will have played just over 500 performances since it opened at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in February 2011. It quickly recouped its $9 million initial investment that December, thanks to its then-star Daniel Radcliffe.

Jonas, best known as part of the Jonas Brothers boy band, took over the lead this January and had committed to staying until at least July 1, but ticket sales took a noticeable hit. Last week, the box office took in just $368,000 out of a potential gross of $1,394,000.

"My producing partners and I are extremely grateful to the unbelievably talented company of actors and skillful crew that have given vibrant life to this show for over 500 performances," producer Michael McCabe said in a statement.

The show was nominated for eight Tony Awards last year, and John Larroquette, in his Broadway debut, won the award for best actor in a featured role in a musical. Radcliffe was not nominated, even though the "Harry Potter" star packed the theater and earned new respect for his energy and enthusiasm.

This "How to Succeed in Business" production celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical and was the third time it has made it to Broadway. The last time, Matthew Broderick played amoral corporate climber J. Pierrepont Finch, the role later played by Radcliffe and Jonas.

Tony- and Emmy Award-winner Rob Ashford, fresh off his winning "Promises, Promises," was given raves as the director and choreographer of the "How to Succeed in Business" revival. He nicely leveraged a delightfully cynical book about corporate behavior that resonates today. Songs by Frank Loesser included the hit "Brotherhood of Man."

"We could not have asked for a better vision of this legendary show than Rob Ashford's joyous production which literally sent audiences dancing out into the streets," producer John Gore said in a statement. "I am certain the original creators would be proud of this chapter in the legacy of this great show."

Dan & Company performing at the Tonys

Now all of these clips were taped the first week of performances for each actor.

Personal opinion...

Now, I will admit that Nick is the best singer but overall (I did see both Dan and Darren in the role), Dan was the best. For the person having zero singing/dancing training and experience prior to this show....he was amazing. One thing he brought was fantastic comedic timing, charisma and energy. I was actually most disappointed in Darren. I expected a better voice considering he's had years of theatre/music experience, and Dan out sang him. I know some stans will argue he only had two weeks to rehearse, but the man knew he was taking the role for months and had plenty of time to prepare and frankly a more experienced stage actor should have done better. I just don't think he suited the role of Finch that well. Overall, Dan owned the role and watching him, John and Christopher play off each other was hilarious. Proud of them. Unfortunately, I thought Darren was a tad dull and didn't show that Finch manipulated every single thing...more like it was a happy coincidence that landed in his lap. Sadly, I think Nick is doing a good job but still can't keep it going.

A fun show...sad to see it end.

Dan and John in their glory!

Tags: broadway / theatre, daniel radcliffe, darren criss, jonas brothers, lgbtq / rights, red carpet and event

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