NEW YORK (AP) — Ballerina Misty Copeland's Broadway debut this summer will be bittersweet — after her stint in "On the Town," the high-energy show will close.
Producers said Thursday that the show will shutter after Copeland completes her already-planned turn on Sept. 6. She starts Aug. 25 as Miss Turnstiles, a love interest for one of three sailors enjoying a few hours of shore leave in 1940s New York.
Copeland recently became the first African-American woman to be a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre. She has been named by Time magazine one of the most influential figures of 2015.
"On the Town," which was critically acclaimed when it opened in October, has struggled to fill its enormous theater. It will have played 28 previews and 368 regular performances.