Veteran theatregoers are hardly surprised when, after the Tony Awards have been announced, a couple of shows give up the struggle and close. But this June has been especially harsh, with a half-dozen New York shows shuttering this weekend, and even more scheduled to shutter June 27.
(It should be noted that some shows, such as Via Dolorosa, were limited runs that intended to end on their given dates anyway).
For those planning their "Last Chance" weekends, here are the goners:
€ The Civil War, composer Frank Wildhorn's pop Broadway musical take on the war between the states, will close June 13 at the St. James Theatre, a victim of poor reviews and only a handful of Tony Award nominations. The Civil War opened April 22, 1999 and played 35 previews and 61 regular performances. € You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will close June 13, after playing 13 previews and 150 performances. The shutdown is particularly surprising, since the show won two Tonys, for the Featured performances of Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart. Producers tried to keep the show, which opened Feb. 4, 1999, going throughout the late winter and early spring by experimenting with unusual curtain times, but "Happiness" was not to be.
€ Not About Nightingales, the recently unearthed, early Tennessee Williams work, will end its run at Circle in the Square on June 13, two weeks shy of its projected closing date of June 27. The prison drama, which starred Corin Redgrave, was up for several Tonys included best play, but took home only the set design prize. Having opened Feb. 25, 1999, it will have played 13 previews and 124 performances. Recent bad press over one actor's too-violent performance didn't help the show's profile.
€ Night Must Fall, the Broadway chiller starring Matthew Broderick, will close June 27 at the Helen Hayes Theatre, where it opened April 20 after an initial run at the Lyceum Theatre.
€ The Lonesome West, will close up shop June 13, after going home empty-handed from the Tonys (and doing far worse than Martin McDonagh's 1998 Broadway contender, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a multiple Tony winner). After its April 27, 1999 opening, the show played 9 previews and 55 regular performances.
€ Via Dolorosa, David Hare's autobiographical solo look at the Middle East conflict, ends its run as scheduled, June 13, after 15 previews and 99 regular performances. Performances began March 5 and the monologue opened March 18, 1999.
€ Savion Glover / Downtown hangs up its tap shoes at the Variety Arts Theatre. The show began previews April 14, opened April 20, and was scheduled to run through May 22 before being extended to June 13. The all-tap revue was a return engagement from last summer.
2.5 Minute Ride, Lisa Kron's OBIE-winning solo about a trips with her father to both Auschwitz and an amusement park, ends its extended run at the Public Theater.
€ Dreaming In Cuban, which started performances April 19 and opened April 26, ends its extended run at the American Place Theatre. Rum and Cuban food were served at performances of this evening of monologues.
June 27 is also looking to be a tough day, what with The Sound of Music silencing its long run, and the Off-Broadway shutterings of Beautiful Thing, This Lime Tree Bower and Killer Joe.
-- By David Lefkowitz and Robert Simonson