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
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.