More Closings Clear Bway and Off-Broadway Theatres

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After a flurry of show closings June 13 in the wake of the June 6 Tony Awards, more New York productions, including several Off-Broadway offerings, will be disappearing this weekend. Here's the round-up:

After a flurry of show closings June 13 in the wake of the June 6 Tony Awards, more New York productions, including several Off-Broadway offerings, will be disappearing this weekend. Here's the round-up:

Broadway

* Ring Round The Moon, Jean Anouilh's comedy received mixed reviews and ends its limited run June 27. Performances began April 1 for an April 28 opening of this comedy, which was to star Irene Worth. She had a mild stroke, however, and Marian Seldes, who had been slated to do just the matinees, took over the role full-time. She received a Best Actress Tony nomination for her efforts.

* Night Must Fall will fall June 27 at the Helen Hayes Theatre. The show was a big enough hit at the Lyceum to move to the Hayes April 20. (The Lyceum stint started previews Feb. 2 for a March 8 opening.) Star Matthew Broderick was apparently so taken with the role, he pulled out of doing Horton Foote's The Death of Papa at CT's Hartford Stage this summer.

Off-Broadway * Beautiful Thing, Jonathan Harvey's coming-of-age, coming-out of-the-closet comedy-drama ends its healthy run off-Broadway June 27. The show, first staged in the U.S. in 1998 by Chicago's Famous Door Theatre, began previews Feb. 4 and opened on Valentines Day, Feb. 14.

* Killer Joe was to have ended June 13, but Scott Glenn, who starred in the Off-Broadway sicko-psycho drama when it first opened Oct. 18, 1998, returned for two final weeks, pushing the close date to June 27. Among other high-profile cast-members who've taken roles in Tracy Letts' pitch-black comedy are Michelle Williams, Fairuza Balk, Jan Leslie Harding and Lori Petty.

* Jodie's Body -- Whatever else you can say about the content of Killer Joe, there is more nudity in Jodie's Body. Of course, Aviva Jane Carlin's monologue is a very different kind of show, a reflection on being a Hattie McDaniel-sized woman in an Ally McBeal scale culture. After 295 performances at OOB's Gene Frankel Theatre, the solo returned to Manhattan Feb. 24 (previews started Feb. 18) at the ArcLight Theatre, where it ran 105 performances (making its total count at the Frankel and ArcLight an even 400).

* Tennessee Williams Remembered - Also at the ArcLight, this limited run, ending June 27, featured Eli Wallach and Anne Jackson remembering their friend through his plays, letters and quotable quotes. Performances began May 12 for an opening May 23.

-- By David Lefkowitz and Robert Simonson

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