The Tony fallout has begun, and in more deadly earnest than usual. On June 8, just two days after the awards ceremony, The Civil War, Not About Nightingales, The Lonesome West, You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown, The Sound of Music and Night Must Fall have announced closing dates.
Composer Frank Wildhorn's pop Broadway musical take on the war between the states, The Civil War, will close June 13 at the St. James Theatre, a victim of poor reviews and only a handful of Tony Award nominations.
The show, which had a formative run at Houston's nonprofit Alley Theatre before being reworked by Jerry Zaks, was written by Wildhorn, Alley artistic director Gregory Boyd (book) and Jack Murphy (lyrics).
It will have played 61 regular performances and 35 previews.
You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown will close June 13, after playing 13 previews and 150 performances. The shutdown is particularly surprising, given the show won two Tonys, for the performances of Kristin Chenoweth and Roger Bart. 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. It will have played 13 previews and 124 performances.
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 play tells of a psychopathic bellboy and the spell he casts on several women in an English country house. The show began previews on Feb. 2 and opened March 8 at the Lyceum, with a cast of Broderick, Pamela J. Gray (later replaced by J. Smith Cameron), Judy Parfitt, Michael Countryman (Nine Armenians), Seana Kofoed, Patricia Kilgarriff and Peter McRobbie.
The Lonesome West, meanwhile, will close up shop on June 13. The Martin McDonagh play went home empty-handed from the Tonys, doing far worse than McDonagh's 1998 Broadway contender, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, a multiple Tony winner.
The Sound of Music revival is a holdover from the 1997-98 season and was ostensibly not hurt or helped by the 1999 Tony outcome.
Stay tuned to Playbill On-Line for further developments.
--By Robert Simonson