Head Over Heels is go-going away from Broadway.
Playbill reports that the jukebox musical featuring the music of the Go-Go’s will end its run on January 6, 2019, after playing 188 regular performances and 37 previews. It officially opened at the Hudson Theatre on July 26.
One of the show’s stars, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 runner-up, Peppermint, made theater history by being the first openly trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.
Head Over Heels’ story is an adaptation of Philip Sidney’s Arcadia, about a king who is told of a prophecy that, within a year, his elder daughter will be stolen away, his younger daughter will engage in an unsuitable love affair, his wife will commit adultery, and a foreigner will sit on his throne.
Produced by Gwyneth Paltrow, the musical had its world premiere in 2015 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. With a book by Tony winner Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) the musical includes Go-Go’s hits like “We Got the Beat,” “Head Over Heels” and “Our Lips Are Sealed,” as well as Belinda Carlisle singles like “Mad About You” and “Heaven is a Place on Earth.”
Peppermint is joined in the production by Jeremy Kushnier (Paramour), Rachel York (Disaster!), Alexandra Socha (Spring Awakening), Andrew Durand (Spring Awakening), Taylor Iman Jones (Groundhog Day), Bonnie Milligan (Kinky Boots), and Tom Alan Robbins (The Lion King).
In his review for NewNowNext, Michael Musto said Peppermint was “fabulous” and that Head Over Heels is “an unusual, but worthy jukebox musical.”