Billy Joel and Twyla Tharp’s Broadway dance musical Movin' Out, which was a hit across the pond, is coming to an early curtain call at the West End’s Apollo Victoria Theatre, where it will move out on 22 May 2006. The show opened on 10 April (previews from 28 March) and was originally due to run to 17 July 2006 ahead of a European tour, which is still due to happen.

The show, without dialogue, follows a group of high school friends from New York, as they dance their way through the Vietnam War, lost lives, lost loves and lost dreams. James Fox stars as the Piano Man at most performances.

A spokesperson for the show said: “The production will have its last performance on Monday 22 May. Despite enthusiastic audiences and standing ovations most nights together with some great reviews, the producers have made the difficult decision to close the show early. Movin' Out has not attracted the level of audiences needed to sustain the production which requires two troupes of dancers.”

Movin' Out features 24 songs written by five-time Grammy Award winner Joel, including classics such as “Uptown Girl”, “We Didn’t Start the Fire”, “She’s Got a Way” and title track “Movin’ Out”. The musical opened in Broadway in September 2002, running for more than 1,300 performances before closing in December 2005. It was nominated for ten 2003 Tony Awards and won two, for Joel's orchestrations and Tharp's choreography.

- by Caroline Ansdell