"Jekyll & Hyde" will call it curtains on May 12, seven weeks before it was originally slated to end its limited Broadway run.
When the Victorian tale of duality closes it will have played for 15 previews and 30 regular performances.
The musical, which stars "American Idol" contestant and Tony nominee Constantine Maroulis ("Rock of Ages") in the title role and Deborah Cox, arrived in New York City after finishing up a national tour.
It was supposed to play 13 weeks at the Marquis Theatre, but the box-office reception has been frosty. "Jekyll & Hyde" eked out $439,586 last week, just 28 percent of its potential gross and a doleful number for a musical. Many straight plays, such as "MacBeth" and "I'll Eat You Last," earned more despite playing in theaters with far fewer seats.
This isn't the first time "Jekyll & Hyde" has faced headwinds in its path to theatrical immortality.
The musical version of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story was critically savaged when it debuted on Broadway in 1997, but it developed a passionate fanbase over its more than 1,500 performances.
Those fans can content themselves with the idea that this will not be the last they see of "Jekyll & Hyde." Earlier this year, a group of producers that includes Phoenix Pictures CEO Mike Medavoy and former talent agent Rick Nicita bought the rights to the show and plan to make a big screen version of it.
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