Moonshadow given closing notice, Melbourne

Moonshadow The Musical - Image by Belinda Strodder (
Gareth Keegan and Company in Moonshadow The Musical – Image by Belinda Strodder

The cast of Moonshadow – The Musical have been given their closing notice.

The world premiere season, currently playing at the Princess Theatre Melbourne, will be closing four weeks ahead of schedule on August 5.

Although the show was unofficially slated for a tour to Sydney and Perth, it seems unlikely that this incarnation of Yusuf’s fantastical musical will make it past Melbourne at this stage.

Moonshadow opened on May 31 this year to mixed reviews, and features more than 40 of the songs Yusuf penned under the name Cat Stevens.

Moonshadow stars Gemma-Ashley Kaplan, Gareth Keegan, Blake Bowden and Jolyon James in the title role of Moonshadow.

In the last 12 months, there have been numerous show cancellations and early closures sparking interesting discussion about the state of the musical theatre industry.

Other sad musical theatre news over the last 12 months include the slow fade to black on Strange Bedfellows last year, Rock Of Ages’ ‘postponed’ Sydney season, Love Never Dies‘ shortened Sydney season, Every Single Saturday’s cancelled Theatre Royal season, Next To Normal‘s cancelled Captiol Theatre season and An Officer and a Gentleman’s early closure.

Read AussieTheatre’s review here

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