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Murderous Instincts closes after less than a week



Story by Jack Foley

MURDEROUS Instincts, the £2 million, salsa-based West End Musical, has closed, after only one week at The Savoy Theatre.

The final performance took place on Saturday, October 16 - less than a week after it opened to lukewarm reviews.

The lavish musical has had a history of trouble ever since it was announced as a West End venture.

The first seeds of trouble were sewn following the number of directors who became involved in its development.

First, Gregory Thompson was replaced by Bob Carlton, who was then fired after American producer, Manny Fox, publicly berated him at a performance at the Theatre Royal Norwich.

Carlton was followed by Michael Rooney, the son of Mickey Rooney, who, in another ludicrous twist, was forced to phone in his direction from France, after being forced to leave the country because he didn’t have the correct work visa.

Despite repeated attempts to rectify this matter, the Home Office denied Rooney’s appeal, and the search for a director was finally abandoned in favour of two artistic advisors, in the form of Murray Melvin and Syd Ralph.

Yet, just when it seemed like nothing else could happen to upset the show, its central star, Nichola McAuliffe's, then went on the record in the Daily Mail, revealing the backstage affairs, lechery and ever-changing rewrites which were threatening to undermine the show's success.

It came as little surprise, therefore, to find the show did not succeed - only the speed with which it happened.

 

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