Curious Incident Posts Closing Notice

News   Curious Incident Posts Closing Notice The Tony-winning drama will have played 800 performances.
Tyler Lea in <i>Curious Incident</i>
Tyler Lea in Curious Incident Photo by Joan Marcus

Broadway's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time has posted a closing notice for September 4, 2016, at which time it will have played 23 previews and an even 800 performances.

Tyler Lea succeeded Tony Award winner Alex Sharp in the lead role September 15, 2015.

Tyler Lea
Tyler Lea Photo by David Noles

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Curious Incident is in an exclusive club on Broadway these days — a long-running non-musical play. Simon Stephens' drama about a young man who sets out to solve a mystery will have run longer than all but one of the 16 Best Play Tony Award winners of the century so far.

Here is a comparison of the shows that won the Tony Award for Best Play each year since the beginning of the 21st century, along with the number of Broadway performances they played:

2015 – Curious Incident: 800 as of its closing September 4, 2016.
2014 – All the Way: 131
2013 – Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike: 189
2012 – Clybourne Park: 157
2011 – War Horse: 718
2010 – Red: 101
2009 – God of Carnage: 452
2008 – August: Osage County: 648
2007 – The Coast of Utopia: (combined total of three parts) 121
2006 – The History Boys: 185
2005 – Doubt: 525
2004 – I Am My Own Wife: 360
2003 – Take Me Out: 355
2002 – The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? 309
2001 – Proof: 917
2000 – Copenhagen: 326

The last non-musical play to run more than 1,000 performances on Broadway opened more than 30 years ago now: Neil Simon's 1982 Brighton Beach Memoirs, which stayed for 1,299 performances.

It's been decades since non-musical "straight plays" routinely outran musicals. Life with Father opened in 1939 and ran 3,224 performances; Tobacco Road opened in 1933 and stayed for 3,182; Abie's Irish Rose bowed in 1922 and kept bowing 2,327 times. The two longest runs since 1970 were Gemini (1977), 1,819 performances, and Deathtrap (1978), 1,793 performances.

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