Despite the fact that Broadway has just celebrated a record-breaking Thanksgiving in terms of tickets sold, one of the shows that just couldn’t find a place at the table is the Gwyneth Paltrow-produced Head Over Heels. The show, which launched on July 26, 2018 (with previews having begun a month earlier), will be closing on Jan. 6, 2019, with a total of 188 performances behind it.
Offers the show’s official description, “Head Over Heels is the bold new musical comedy from the visionaries that rocked Broadway with Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Avenue Q, and Spring Awakening. This laugh-out-loud love story is set to the music of the iconic 1980’s all-female rock band The Go-Go’s… A hilarious, exuberant celebration of love, Head Over Heels follows the escapades of a royal family on an outrageous journey to save their beloved kingdom from extinction — only to discover the key to their realm’s survival lies within each of their own hearts.”
The show was inspired by “The Arcadia,” a 16th Century English prose poem written by Philip Sidney, and it is, says The Hollywood Reporter, “a giddy fairy-tale exploration of love, sexuality, and gender fluidity that follows the quest of a royal family threatened with extinction.”
“Along with my partners, creative team, and cast, it was our desire to create a piece of live theater that celebrates love of all kinds and portrays a world of beauty in which joy and acceptance reign above all else,” producer Christine Russell told that site. “We are incredibly proud of what Head Over Heels has come to represent, not only on Broadway but for future generations of theatergoers.”
Unfortunately, for most of its run, Head Over Heels has reportedly been playing to less than 50 percent capacity crowds at the Hudson Theatre.
But don’t cry for Gwyneth, Argentina! She’s still got Goop, her wellness and lifestyle brand that is worth a reported $250 million, and which could be heading to Netflix (undoubtedly for a lot of money).