Match Point: McNally's Deuce, with Lansbury and Seldes, Ends Broadway Run Aug. 19

News   Match Point: McNally's Deuce, with Lansbury and Seldes, Ends Broadway Run Aug. 19 Tony Award winners Angela Lansbury and Marian Seldes play their final performance in the world-premiere run of Terrence McNally's Deuce Aug. 19 at the Music Box Theatre.

Angela Lansbury in Deuce.
Angela Lansbury in Deuce. Photo by Joan Marcus

Michael Blakemore (Copenhagen) directed the work, which began previews April 11 and officially opened May 6 for a "strictly limited engagement" of 18 weeks. The show ends having played 121 performances and 27 previews.

(The closing makes way for the Music Box's next tenant, Aaron Sorkin's The Farnsworth Invention, which will star Hank Azaria and Jimmi Simpson. The new play, which follows the battle for the patent of the television, will begin previews Oct. 15 and open Nov. 14.)

Michael Mulheren and Broadway newcomers Joanna P. Adler and Brian Haley are also featured in the cast of Deuce.

Four-time Tony winner Lansbury (Sweeney Todd, Dear World, Gypsy, Mame) returned to Broadway to play opposite fellow Tony winner Seldes (A Delicate Balance) in the new McNally work. The acclaimed actresses play former doubles tennis legends reunited at a championship match. (Lansbury has said this would be her Broadway swan song. She earned a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress in a Play for her performance.)

The design team for Deuce featured Peter J. Davison (set), Ann Roth (costumes), Mark Henderson (lighting), Sven Ortel (video and projection) and Paul Charlier (sound). Scott Rudin, Stuart Thompson, Maberry Theatricals, The Shubert Organization, Roger Berlind, Debra Black, Bob Boyett, Susan Dietz and Daryl Roth produced the Broadway run.

With the exception of a few one-night performances, Lansbury had not graced the New York stage since her 1983 turn in the revival of Mame. The actress also appeared on Broadway in Anyone Can Whistle, The King and I and A Little Family Business. She earned an Academy Award nomination for her screen debut in "Gaslight" and also played in "The Picture of Dorian Gray" and "The Manchurian Candidate." She is known to television audiences for her lengthy stint in "Murder, She Wrote."

Seldes — a stage stalwart — won her Tony for Edward Albee's A Delicate Balance. Last seen Off-Broadway in McNally's Dedication or the Stuff of Dreams and Beckett/Albee, her Broadway credits include Equus, Ivanov, 45 Seconds From Broadway, Father's Day, Deathtrap, Ring Round the Moon and Dinner at Eight — she was Tony-nominated for the last four.

Deuce performs at the Music Box Theatre, located in Manhattan at 239 West 45th Street. For more information visit deuceonbroadway.com.

Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury star in Terrence McNally's <i>Deuce</i>.
Marian Seldes and Angela Lansbury star in Terrence McNally's Deuce. Photo by Joan Marcus