The Dairy of Anne Frank will close on June 14, joining the parade of recent Broadway shutterings, confirmed spokesman Bob Fennell. The James Lapine-directed revival of the Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett drama opened at the Music Box Theatre on Dec. 4, 1997. It will have played 16 previews and 221 performances, in addition to 24 shows during its Boston tryout.
Anne Frank plans to hit the road in the summer of 1999. Fennell said some of the stars had expressed interest in playing sections of the tour or appearing in specific cities, but that nothing definite had been established. Among the tour's first stops will be Los Angeles; San Francisco; Denver; Toronto; Vancouver; Washington D.C.; Philadelphia; Chicago; New Haven, CT; Palm Beach, FL; and Fort Lauderdale, FL. No casting for the road show has been announced.
Anne Frank shares its closing date with fellow Broadway shows Honour and 1776. Other recent Broadway closings include Golden Child, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, and The Life.
The drama marked the stage debut of model and budding film star Natalie Portman, who played Anne. Portman, who had appeared previously in 1994's The Professional and 1996's Beautiful Girls, pulled out of Robert Redford's The Horse Whisperer in order to star in the revival. She appeared in the recent films Mars Attacks! and Woody Allen's Everybody Says I Love You but withdrew from The Horse Whisperer, directed by Redford, in order to do the revival. She left the show after the May 31 performance, and was replaced by Natalie Paulding, best known as Susan Lucci's daughter Bianca on the TV soap opera "All My Children." The rest of the cast, including Harris Yulin, Austin Pendleton, George Hearn, and Sophie Hayden, has remained intact.
The production, in an adaptation by Wendy Kesselman, included much new material intended to introduce darker elements of the Frank story omitted from the original 1955 production.