‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ closes after a short run burdened by negative reviews

Cory Michael Smith and Emilia Clarke in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

Cory Michael Smith and Emilia Clarke in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Sunday night marked the final performance of Breakfast at Tiffany’s at the Cort Theater, starring Emilia Clarke as Holly Golightly and Cory Michael Smith as Fred.

The production, adapted by Tony Award winning writer Richard Greenberg, was meant to be closer to the novel by Truman Capote than to the Audrey Hepburn film.  There was much excitement surrounding Clarke’s casting in the lead role, due to her quick rise to fame as Daenerys Targaryen on HBO’s Game of Thrones, and the resulting cult following.  However, now fans hoping to take a trip to Broadway to see their “Kahleesi” will have their hopes dashed.

Despite the talented cast, the show opened to somewhat negative reviews; a New York Times review says it “move[ed] with a distinctly leaden step, as if it dreaded what might be waiting around every dark corner of the sinister city it portrays,” and the NY Daily News called it a “half-baked rehash” of Capote’s work.

Another factor in the show’s downfall could be the highly-criticized nude bathtub scene in the second act, which had audience members reaching for their phones to take a picture and immortalize the moment.  Most critics agreed it was an unnecessary scene, however modest it seemed in comparison to some of the scenes in Game of Thrones.

The musical’s short run began with previews on March 4, and ended with a total of 55 performances.  The show’s website is now adorned with a sad banner of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s played its final performance on Sunday, April 21.”

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